Trump's 'extraordinary revenge plan' after Fox News' election call

US President Donald Trump has reportedly devised an extraordinary plan of revenge on Fox News after it called Biden the winner in the key battleground state of Arizona in the US election.

As a way to increase competition for the major US news organisation, Trump has disclosed to friends he wants to start a digital media company, news publication Axios reports.

According to sources, the outgoing president hopes his own company could outshine Fox News, a right-leaning network.

“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” a source told Axios.

Donald Trump during a rally in Charleston, West Virginia.
Donald Trump reportedly planning revenge on Fox News after it declared Joe Biden the winner in Arizona. Source: Getty

According to the source, Trump’s black book of contacts would be a major asset if he did launch a company.

While there has been speculation Trump would start a cable channel, the source told Axios he was instead considering launching a digital media channel to stream online.

The source added it would be a subscription service with a monthly fee, one he hoped would upstage the Fox Nation streaming service.

Trump retaliates against network

The Trump campaign is surveying supporters over a perceived attack by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, as the president continues to retaliate against a network he once saw as a defender.

The campaign surveys, which were emailed to supporters and available on its website this week, includes questions such as “Do you agree Fox News should recall their Arizona projection for Joe Biden?” and “Do you agree media outlets, such as Fox News, should be held accountable for misleading the public?”.

Trump has complained about being treated unfairly by the news division of the network for months, even as Fox's opinion hosts support the president's demand to investigate potential voter fraud.

A screenshot of Fox Networks subscription service Fox Nation.
Sources say Donald Trump hopes to rival Fox network's Fox Nation subscription service. Source: Fox Nation

He has urged supporters to watch smaller rival right-leaning networks Newsmax and One America News Network.

He stepped up his criticism after Fox News, owned by Fox Corp, was the first network to project that Biden would win Arizona in the US presidential election.

On Thursday (local time), Trump continued his attack against the network on Twitter.

“Fox News daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE,” he said in a scathing tweet.

“Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose.

“The biggest difference between the 2016 election, and 2020, was Fox News!”

Research suggests however Fox News ratings have not collapsed, with the FOX News Channel rated number one across the board in both day and primetime for 19 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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