For 20 years, Fox News has been the cornerstone of conservative media.

Now there are rumors of a power struggle that could push Fox News to the left.

But the response was not what anyone was expecting.

Sinclair Broadcasting could be making a major move to challenge Fox News as the leading conservative media outlet.

They just completed a $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, which gives them access to stations in over 100 markets as well as the cable channel WGN, which is available in 80 million homes.

In the wake of Fox firing Bill O’Reilly and co-President Bill Shine, rumors have been circulating that a mysterious competitor was putting together a plan to create a competitor to Fox News.

Mediaite reports:

“On the heels of major shakeups at the Fox News Network, an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.

A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.”

This appears to be Sinclair.

Sinclair made news recently when they hired former Trump administration communications aide Boris Epshteyn to provide political commentary for the network.

Pundits have also speculated that Sinclair could be a landing spot for conservative media stars Bill O’Reilly and Tomi Lahren.

The talk about a competitor to Fox News increased as it became apparent that Rupert Murdoch’s children – James and Lachlan – were assuming more control over the network.

Murdoch’s sons are globalist liberals and are said to be embarrassed by Fox News conservative programming.

Michael Wolff wrote on the Hollywood Reporter:

“These sources say James Murdoch’s longtime annoyance if not disgust with Fox News became cold fury after the Times‘ April 1 story — even though several of the O’Reilly settlements had happened when James was CEO of the parent company. This was a similar reaction to what had followed the harassment suit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in July. Every time Fox controversies spilled over into the wider world, James took it personally. “It was somehow against him,” says one person close to the Murdochs.

Fox News is a business he should not be in, he had told people before, despite its major contribution to 21st Century Fox’s bottom line — 20 percent of its profits came from Fox News last year, the biggest-earning division in the company. Presumably, he meant the in-your-face world of conservative cable news with its mega personalities. Indeed, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.”

If Fox News is moving left, Sinclair Broadcasting’s acquisition of Tribune Media Co. gives them the distribution they would need to launch a new network.

And with O’Reilly available, he could be the centerpiece of a new conservative primetime lineup.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.