Far-right media outlet Newsmax frequently sang the praises of former President Donald Trump, who on more than one occasion encouraged his followers to abandon the conservative Fox News network for the less critical misinformation source.
Newsmax faced threats of a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for constantly parroting Trump's deadly lies about the integrity of the 2020 election, absurdly claiming that the election software company switched Trump votes to favor now-President Joe Biden.
With Trump over a month out of office, the network is now scrambling to critique President Joe Biden's administration and preserve the pro-Trump narrative it's carefully crafted for its viewers.
But instead of valid criticisms, the network recently featured two historians to discuss the presentation of Biden's 12 year old German Shepherd, Champ.
Newsmax guest attacks Biden's dogs for being dirty and "unlike a presidential dog" https://t.co/6yitOlM765— aliciasadowski (@aliciasadowski)1613782845.0
Newsmax host Greg Kelly said:
"I love dogs, but this dog needs a bath and a comb and all kinds of love and care. I've never seen a dog in the White House like this. ... I remember lots of dogs, but not a dog who seems, I don't know, I don't know how much love and care he is getting."
After introducing the segment's guests, Kelly continued:
"This dog looks like from the junkyard, and I love that dog, but it looks like he's not been well-cared for."
One such guest, presidential historian Craig Shirley, concurred, saying:
"He looks very dirty and disheveled, very unlike a presidential dog."
In reality, Champ—at 12 years old—has surpassed the life expectancy of the average German Shepherd, indicating that there's no insufficiency when it comes to his care.
The segment was met with immediate ridicule and backlash.
These people really need some help. Serious, serious help. This really is not normal. https://t.co/RnxOTJocLp— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair)1613841440.0
With all the crises we face... With all the essential information viewers need right now.... This man devoted his a… https://t.co/YJtzgo4EGf— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1613840123.0
The right-wing effort to find an effective attack on Biden is not going well. https://t.co/Km9nzVKtar— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1613784411.0
Biden’s dogs > Newsmax’s humans https://t.co/CXYGcZCoXr— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1613798552.0
Have to give it to Biden and his team. I figured right wing media would at least have *something* to scandalize by… https://t.co/iizc5RwrG9— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1613832504.0
You know you’re doing alright when the best the other side can do is trash talk your pets. https://t.co/VN6fvloQ3U— Jason Kander (@Jason Kander)1613834112.0
Kelly has since doubled down in a series of unhinged tweets.
AMERICA—-pays more attention to DOGS than PEOPLE. TRUE! I love Animals, but you see more concern for PUPPIES than… https://t.co/9846jWQgvf— Greg Kelly (@Greg Kelly)1613785915.0
Joe Biden admitted to grabbing “CHAMP” by the TAIL in that mysterious incident in the alley outside his bedroom. Y… https://t.co/GcPTD0B8f1— Greg Kelly (@Greg Kelly)1613838472.0
FOR TWO YEARS the media said DONALD TRUMP was a RUSSIAN SPY and it was all “business as usual.” Meanwhile I “muse… https://t.co/7GZv94CK5o— Greg Kelly (@Greg Kelly)1613841548.0
Fake news pushing Pro-Biden FASLE NARRATIVE (again) that Joe “saved Champ and Major’s lives” because they were Resc… https://t.co/pqzIxl6KZq— Greg Kelly (@Greg Kelly)1613857089.0
“Who knew” CHAMP and MAJOR were so popular. But it makes sense —both are more Active and Visible than their lazy, tired OWNER @JoeBiden— Greg Kelly (@Greg Kelly)1613851461.0
The effort didn't do much to help whatever credibility Kelly might have had.
Lol pick up on this crybaby. https://t.co/tQYS93Kuxy— Judge Grumpy (@Judge Grumpy)1613996965.0
This is "Obama likes Dijon mustard" levels of cringe And you've done this multiple times, Greg https://t.co/QAPn4QXZCM— 𝖃𝖆𝖗𝖗𝖎𝖘, 𝕱𝖎𝖊𝖓𝖉𝖎𝖘𝖍 𝕭𝖆𝖗𝖉 (@𝖃𝖆𝖗𝖗𝖎𝖘, 𝕱𝖎𝖊𝖓𝖉𝖎𝖘𝖍 𝕭𝖆𝖗𝖉)1613930673.0
I’m convinced more every day that he’s now just a publicist for 45. These tweets only lack the intermittent capital… https://t.co/iWoZTvmiOI— tlcesq (@tlcesq)1613912651.0
Kelly has momentarily switched from slamming dogs to berating teachers, whom he called "lazy" and most of whom, he said, "stink."