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We Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we're discovering that we're working for Fox.

David Frum, former American Enterprise Institute fellow, March 2010

The Fox News Channel (a.k.a. "Faux News," "Fixed News," "Fux News," "Pox News," "Fox Opinion Channel," "Fox Noise," "7ox News" and, rarely, "Minitrue" to its detractors) is a United States-based cable and satellite "news" channel known for a blatantly right-wing presentation of the news. It is owned by News Corporation.


Thakns very much!

"Fair & Balanced" is a trademarked slogan of this agency, originally used in conjunction with "Real Journalism."[1]

Slogans also used:

  • "We Report. You Decide" — Closer to "We Report, You Make Believe"[2] than you'd like to think.
  • "The Most Powerful Name in News" — You don't need to be trusted, just need to be powerful to have people to believe in you.
  • "America's News Headquarters"— Don't go anywhere else, we have all the information you need.


Fox News is part of Australian born, naturalized U.S. citizen[3] Rupert Murdoch's media empire, News Corporation. This empire includes The Sun newspaper in the UK. The Sun, well known for high quality and thought-provoking journalism as well as their high level of accuracy in reporting, makes a great companion to Fox News. It is also noted for its tastefully nekkid Page Three Girls (Warning: NSFW!)

Murdoch isn't easily embarrassed by much, but when the now defunct News of the World was caught hacking into cell phones and bribing police, the British Parliament held hearings, forcing Murdoch to distance himself, arguably to a degree from his own son. Curiously his other news outlets in Australia and the US, including Fox, barely acknowledged the sister rag's disaster across the ocean.

Interestingly, the Nº2 shareholder of NewsCorp is Alwaleed Bin Talal, a Saudi prince and businessman who also heads the "Kingdom Foundation."[4] In 2010, Fox News reported that the "mosque" to be built next[5] to the site of the former World Trade Center was funded by the Kingdom Foundation, an organization they say which "funds madrasas [sic] all over the world", as a possible link to terrorist motives for the building of the mosque, while failing to mention that the guy who funds it is also in business with Murdoch.[6] So, if Fox News were to be judged by its own standards of guilt by association, it would qualify as a terrorist front.


As a public company, Fox is technically no longer foreign owned, since anyone can buy a slice of ownership, but it's still very much foreign controlled, which seems to escape the far-right.

Rupert Murdoch mandated his 'news' outlets (including WSJ) not to report negative stories about China, partly to assure the Chinese he can control what's released and partly to protect his own business interests.[Citation Needed] When Israel bombed Lebanon's infrastructure rather than Hamas, again Rupert directed Fox to cover his assets.[Citation Needed]


Fox News employs people on all parts of the political spectrum, from the far-right to the ultra-right. Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, was Tricky Dick’s media advisor.[7]

Notable (dysfunctional) personalities


Fox News' usual programming includes anything containing the words: Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, celebrity, or other such pointless drivel. Occasionally, they let actual news slip by, but it is always quickly removed. They are also your National Headquarters for uninteresting Southern California car chases.Template:More

Mostly, Fox enjoys providing deep discussions shouting matches about anything that bothers them. During the temporary short periods of relaxation to catch your breath, they occasionally mention some real "news," but quickly change the subject.

Fox News was the first to inform us that Barack Obama is a Muslim sleeper, trained in a radical Islamic madrasa, a co-conspirator of terrorist Bill Ayers, who salutes his wife with a "terrorist fist jab." Fox is still awaiting a Pulitzer for these notable revelations.[15]

Covering international affairs, Fox News ensures that there is somehow a reason that the US is involved. Such as: "Lots of murder and genocide is going on in that small African country, but fortunately, the US has no plans to send soldiers there at all," or: "The Asian stockmarket crashed today in a total collapse of their economy, as a result the US stock market will likely suffer slightly until the Asians get their act together."

Fox invented the technique of showing one thing on the screen while commenting upon the opposite, such as Sean Hannity repeatedly asserting Rudy Giuliani was winning the 2008 Republican debates, while live polls showed Ron Paul winning.[16] In November 2009, Sean Hannity marveled at the turnout for a conservative political rally while showing footage of another. Fox and Hannity reported long queues for Sarah Palin's book signings, whereas the actual video came from a McCain campaign rally a year earlier.[17]

When a major news story is breaking and the news is injurious to conservatives or Republicans or can't otherwise be avoided, Fox News takes one or more of these strategies:

  1. Remind viewers that President Bill Clinton had fellatio in the White House and "damaged" the Presidency
  2. Bring in some sort of reminder of 9/11 and emphasize that the nation is safer from terrorism because of what the Republicans are doing
  3. Offer 'proof' President Barack Obama is a radical Muslim/communist/socialist/anti-American/n-n-Negro/terrorist/born in Kenya or somewhere else foreign
  4. Change the subject by presenting celebrity gossip or covering "breaking news" (Fox News Alert), such as an oil refinery fire in Arkansas, far away from the damaging news on Capitol Hill
  5. Blame liberals, leftists, socialists, communists, centrists, progressives, fake Republicans, Democrats, Clintons, France, O.J. Simpson, and/or actual news media
  6. When all of the above fail, just go ahead and change the party affiliation (from R to D) of the person who's in trouble (see below)

Flogging wingnut pseudoscience

An astounding 120% polled, mathematics according to FOX news.

Naturally, Fox absolutely loves the manufactroversies over evolution and global warming. They have even gone so far as to hawk Ken Ham's Creation Museum.[18] Global warming denial is also a favorite.[19] During the breaking of the Climategate "story," VP Bill Sammon sent a memo encouraging anchors to run with the story, writing: "It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies."[20] Steve Milloy, of course, is a constant source of denialism, general anti-environmentalism, and copious amounts of hippie-punching.

Ad refusals

Fox is known for occasionally refusing advertisements not coinciding with Murdoch's view of what's good for America. For example, in May 2010, Fox refused to air an advert from VoteVets, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, asking for clean energy development to reduce our dependence upon Middle Eastern oil.[21]

Musical interludes

In 2006, Trent Reznor issued a cease and desist to Fox News for using three songs from Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile on air without permission. The songs "La Mer," "The Great Below," and "The Mark Has Been Made" appeared in an episode of War Stories with Oliver North.[22]


As of January 2005, it is available to 85 million households in the U.S. and to other viewers internationally. Many of the more outrageous or potentially controversial clips, particularly those of their opinion pundits are widely available on YouTube.


One thing Fox has been quite effective at doing is securing a dedicated and loyal audience of considerable size, virtually all of them conservative Republicans. Many Fox News viewers consider it to be literally the only reliable source of information in the United States, leading to laughs all round.



A January 2010 survey[23] conducted by Public Policy Polling reveals Fox News as the most trusted name in television, voted tops by three quarters of Republicans and considerably fewer Democrats.

“A generation ago you would have expected Americans to place their trust in the most neutral and unbiased conveyors of news. But the media landscape has really changed and now they’re turning more toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”

—Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling

It is interesting to wonder, however, that somehow, despite their higher-than-everyone-else ratings, everyone else is labeled as the "mainstream media".


Popularity does not translate into integrity or knowledge. A December 2010 University of Maryland study showed Fox News viewers aren't merely the most uninformed, but the most misinformed.[24]

A November 2011 Fairleigh Dickinson University study found similar results, that people who watched no news were better informed than those who watched Fox News. Fox viewers were much more likely "to believe false information about politics."[25] The study also revealed Fox News fans had a poor grasp of situations in the Middle East.[26]

News babes

File:Courtney Friel.jpg
News babe in her natural habitat

In order to capture the demographic that is too old to either Google for porn or buy Playboy, Fox employs a host of hawt "news babes" (or "anchor babes"). Many of the news babes were former models or have used Fox to bolster their modeling careers. Because the only thing that's expected of them is to look good in short skirts and hooker boots while regurgitating wingnut talking points, the news babe phenomenon might be the ultimate case of wingnut welfare. The most popular news babes are, in order:

  • Megyn Kelly
  • Ainsley Earheardt
  • Jenna Lee
  • Julie Banderas
  • Martha MacCallum
  • Courtney Friel[27]

Political involvement

Bush White House communications director Nicole Wallace credited Hannity and El Rushbo with shaping Republican strategy.[28]

Republican Governors donations

In August 2010, Fox News Corp continued its 'fair and balanced' doctrine, donating $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.[29] Bloomberg News reports Fox News Corp is the largest corporate donor to the RGA.[30][31]

Tea Party

Throughout the 2009-2010 congressional campaign season, Fox News Corp strongly backed and at times took credit for the Tea Party movement, showcasing Sarah Palin and often backing lunatic fringe candidates such as Christine O'Donnell[32][33] and Sharron Angle,[34][35] as well as lunatic fringe figures such as Michelle Bachmann.

Fox News took out full-page ads in the Washington Post, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal.[36][37] In promoting the Tea Party, Fox often took the approach that mainstream news ignored this important news story, crafting prominent headlines reading, "How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?"[38][39]

Gabrielle Giffords shooting

Fox backed away from self-criticism in the 8 January 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, in which six others were killed, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. In repudiating responsibility for rhetoric, Sean Hannity implied liberals were at fault. On 12 January, Sarah Palin issued a “blood libel” video statement, denying her Giffords-in-the-crosshairs attacks could be at fault while implying she (Palin) was the real victim.[40]

Meanwhile, Fox cancelled a planned appearance of Joan Rivers who partially blamed the Arizona shootings on Palin and referred to Sarah as "stupid and a threat."[41] Fox naturally denied cancellation, insisting it wasn't censorship but a 'mistake', immediately refuted by Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers and a Rivers producer and respresentative.[42]


Fox News has been the subject of a variety of criticisms.

Disguised opinion

In lieu of sourcing, Fox News uses phrases like "some say…" or "someone asked…" to obscure editorial manipulation and opinion-casting. 'Some' have called it (wink) empty calories of journalism.[43]


Fox News exploits the mathematical illiteracy of the public by using graphs distorted beyond what mere incompetence could explain. In many cases, their figures don't add up and in others, numbers are graphically misrepresented - as people rarely read the numbers when a graph is given.[44]

Fox Nation

In April of 2009, Media Matters began documenting Fox Nation's false and blatantly biased stories. After one year, their laundry list of the most extreme examples contained approximately 350 entries.[45]


The documentary Outfoxed examines the biases and internal pressures at Fox News and their network outlets.[46]

Further wingnut welfare

Besides its stable of news babes, Fox keeps a large number of other wingnuts on its dole. The two most egregious examples are the former GOP convicts it employs, Oliver North, an architect of the Iran-Contra affair, and G. Gordon Liddy, one of the Watergate plumbers. (Bets on when Tom DeLay gets hired?) Then there are the propagandists strategerists "analysts" like Frank Luntz and Karl Rove. Don't forget your Steve Milloy-type corporate shills either.


Wikipedia dedicates an entire article to Fox News distortions and questionable acts.[47] The fact that it is 88 kilobytes in size, and about 10,000 words long, while the main article is only around 64 kb, and 8000 words long, should raise a few eyebrows, and not only that, their "Fox News" article is so controversial they had to semi-protect it.

Media Matters

Media Matters reports instances in which Fox News altered images of people, places, and things to influence viewers. [48] They even have subcategories for individual programs and personalities.

The party switch

One of the more interesting Fox Techniques involves the fairly consistent "party switch" from Republican (R) to Democrat (D) when a prominent GOP member is caught up in a public scandal. The following is a list of various examples of such (see here for screen captures of each):

  • Mark Foley - A Republican member of the House of Representatives from Florida, Foley was alleged to have sent sexually inappropriate messages via email and text messages to teenage male pages. Ironically, he also introduced the "Child Modeling Exploitation prevention Act of 2002". In several interviews, Fox News tagged him as a (D), or Democrat, on their subtitles.[49]
  • John McCain - Seen by many as a more moderate Republican during and following the 2004 Republican primaries, Fox News also labeled him a (D).
  • Whitehouse / Chafee - During the pivotal 2006 Senate election in Rhode Island, eventual victor Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse was polling 10+ percentage points over the incumbent Lincoln Chafee. Fox News reported that Whitehouse (R) was leading Chafee (D) by 11 points (see above link for screen capture).
  • Ted Stevens - Prior to the 2008 Senate elections, this Senator from Alaska was facing charges of failing to disclose benefits received. Fox News labeled him a (D).
  • Mark Sanford - The Republican Governor of South Carolina in 2009 was dramatically found to be having an affair with an Argentinian woman after a week in which his whereabouts were unknown. During his press conference in which he admitted his affair, Fox News identified him as a (D).

Foxual revisionism

Fox has notoriously editted crowds at spontaneous staged events to inflate the appearance of large numbers that attended Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Tea Party 'events'. Writer Lindsay Robertson shows a "fun gotcha" how Fox photoshops (or videoshops) footage to exaggerate crowd number sizes for their reality program Master Chef.

Chris Wallace interviewed Jon Stewart on his show Fox News Sunday, where Stewart gave a pretty decent spanking to Fox News and Wallace. However, when it was broadcast Fox had deleted out 10 minutes of the 24 minute interview including all the embarrassing bits.[50][51]

Not to be deterred by revisionism, the following Tuesday Stewart used the predominate theme "Fox News doesn't lie" in the edited interview, and listed dozens of Fox lies.[52] Wallace's response to the editing and lies pointed out by Stewart was to apologize for saying Fox News provided the other side of the story instead of the full story...or as Stewart paraphrased "That's your 'setting the record straight'? 'I accidentally told the truth and now I wish I could take it back'?"[53]

Quotes about Fox News

You know what a fake news show on Fox News should give you? Real news!

—Lewis Black (speaking about The 1/2 Hour News Hour)

Fox tends to lean more to the right than a man who's just had his right leg blown off.

Charlie Brooker, Newswipe

Understand, this is an adjunct of the Republican Party.[46]

—Congressman Bernie Sanders, VT (I), Outfoxed

The Republicans should be paying Fox News.

—Jon Stewart, after Fox NewsCorp donated $1 million to Republican party)

They're getting somebody who tells the other side of the story.

—Chris Wallace in response to Jon Stewart asking if Fox News is as ideologically neutral as most of the mainstream media

That to Fox, any editorial view that doesn't favor conservatism is elitist, but favoring conservatism is justified because it needs to be protected against liberal biases. And if you question this logic, it only proves how right they are.

—Jon Stewart's depiction of Fox News and rationale for bias [54]

Once again, we [Fox] put something on the air that's a flat out lie and distortion.

—Bob Beckel on distortions of Obama's comments about infrastructure (01-Aug-12)[55]

See also

External links


  1. And yes, somehow they don't have a problem dropping that phrase (that they admit they are opening the possibility to fake journalism).
  2. Slogan of parody network CNNNN.
  3. Murdoch's bio.
  4. [1] Kingdom Foundation
  5. Well, OK. Two blocks away.
  6. Mackey, Robert: Fox News Funded by Kingdom Foundation NY Times
  7. Same Old Party
  8. Glenn Beck at Fox News
  9. Bob Beckel 'Sort Of' Drops F-Bomb
  10. Tony Bruno calls Ramirez an ‘illegal alien’
  11. Alan Colmes at Fox News
  12. Brit Hume at Fox
  13. Father Jonathan Morris at Fox News
  14. International Probe Targets Secretive Catholic Group
  15. Obama Smeared As Former ‘Madrassa’ Student, Possible Covert Muslim Extremist
  16. Fox's Hannity reports Ron Paul losing when actually winning
  17. Fox News again accused of airing misleading video
  18. The Sensuous Curmudgeon provides a few examples.
  19. Watch Bill Nye smack down a denier on Billo's show
  20. Fox News Reporters Ordered to Promote Climategate Conspiracy Theories, Grist
  21. Weber, Christopher. Fox News Refuses to Air Climate Bill Ad PoliticsDaily
  22. Reznor, Trent; Fox News, War Stories, and Nine Inch Nails NIN Hotline
  23. Most Trusted name in TV News {PDF}
  24. Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed
  25. Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News
  26. Study Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major Stories
  27. According to the poll numbers on the Fox News Girls website. What? I go there for the columns, honest.
  28. HannityPAC: The GOP's man inside Fox
  29. The Daily Show; Jon Stewart Slams Fox News For Giving $1 Million to the Republican Party, 2010-Aug-19
  30. BusinessWeek; Republicans See Gains in Governors’ Races as Funding Hits Peak, 2010-Aug-16
  31. Media Matters; Fox News' corporate parent gave Republican Governors Association $1 million, 2010-Aug-16
  32. "Mike Castle is over. Christine O'Donnell is now": The making of a Fox News candidate
  33. Fox News Has a Christine O'Donnell Problem
  34. Sharron Angle suggests she prefers to appear on Fox because they let her raise money
  35. HannityPAC: The GOP's man inside Fox: "Sharron Angle bragged about raising money on Hannity's show"
  36. Fox News Newspaper Ad Makes False Claims About Tea Party Coverage
  37. Wikipedia: Tea Party movement, media coverage
  38. 'False' Fox Ad Enrages ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN
  39. Fox News Channel controversies: 9/12 newspaper ad controversy
  40. Sarah Palin's 'blood libel' claim stirs controversy
  41. Controversy Over FOX Show Canceling Joan Rivers
  42. Fox Bans Joan Rivers over Controversial Sarah Palin Comments
  43. Video: Credibility Loss in 93 Seconds
  44. Boing Boing - Fox News decrees that 8.6% > 8.9%
  45. Media Matters: Fox Nation Blatant errors and falsehoods
  46. 46.0 46.1 Outfoxed Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism
  47. Fox News Channel controversies
  48. Media Matters on Fox, a 445 pages list articles.
  49. They really have done this - as documented by the Daily Show on October 4, 2006.
  50. Jon Stewart LIVE On Fox News, Tells Host 'You're Insane' (VIDEO)
  51. Chris Wallace: Jon Stewart Interview Editing Was Fair (VIDEO)
  52. Jon Stewart Trumpets False Fox News Statements Fact-Checked By Politifact (VIDEO)
  53. Jon Stewart Rips Chris Wallace, Fox News 'Crybabies' For Not Responding To Fact Checks (VIDEO)
  54. Jon Stewart Rips Chris Wallace, Fox News 'Crybabies' For Not Responding To Fact Checks (VIDEO)
  55. Fox News' Bob Beckel: 'Once Again We Put Something On The Air That's A Flat Out Lie' (VIDEO) - Huffington Post