Fox News Channel
|Fox News Channel|
|Founder||Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch|
|Headquarters||New York, United States|
The Fox News Channel is the leading United States cable and satellite news channel. Its profit model is to take advertising dollars based on attracting elderly conservative viewers, and then plow that money into liberal causes and self-enrichment of its owners and studio-limited talking heads.
On November 9, 2020, former Fox News employee Steven Crowder and his colleagues at Louder with Crowder ran a segment titled, "Fox News Is Not Your Friend! Here's Why..." detailing how the Fox News Channel is politically correct rather than conservative, and why Fox News is virtually no different in most substantive aspects from the left-wing corporate media. They discussed Fox News' suspension of Judge Jeanine Pirro for planning to review allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election; Fox News calling the state of Arizona for Joe Biden before all other mainstream media outlets; Chris Wallace's subpar performance as a moderator in the first presidential debate of 2020; John Roberts' false assertions that President Trump refused to condemn white supremacy and temper tantrum after refusing to accept White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's answer with numerous quotes from President Trump directly condemning white supremacy; Fox News' hiring of former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile; and Fox News' collusion with YouTube to algorithmically promote itself as an "authoritative source" at the expense of smaller, independent creators. Crowder additionally recalled being "muzzled" during his time at Fox News, and argued that the reason he was censored may have been consistent conservatism, not inappropriate humor as he had previously assumed. This heavy and unrestrained criticism of Fox News lasted for over half an hour before the commentators moved on to a different topic.
Some conservatives, including President Trump, have noticed that it is shifting increasingly left-wing. On March 27, 2020, Fox fired conservative host Trish Regan for accurately pointing out that the liberal media was overhyping the coronavirus issue as deja vu of their failed attempt to impeach and remove President Trump. Just when fairness was needed, its news anchor Chris Wallace sided with liberals against President Trump in the first presidential debate of 2020. Through advertising revenue, Fox News takes a billion dollars annually from armchair conservative viewers and plows that money into liberal foundations that advance the Leftist agenda for elections and the global warming hoax.
Fox News has been criticized for promoting liberal Republicans rather than conservative ones, such as the late John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The channel favors neoconservatives and is particularly weak in criticizing the homosexual agenda and abortion. The Fox News Channel often helps elect less conservative Republicans, as when it repeatedly featured and promoted John McCain and Chris Christie while excluding their more conservative primary opponents. It drifted further from the conservative movement by petulantly declaring that conservative Newt Gingrich would not be accepted back. In January 2019, Fox News promoted Microsoft's NewsGuard, which blacklisted conservative organizations such as Breitbart News and Judicial Watch as "fake news."
Fox News has been criticized for regurgitating stories originally reported by other sources, and sometimes a lack of original reporting of its own. However, because it is much more conservative than the rest of the mainstream media, Fox News has been fiercely opposed and targeted by liberals, the mainstream media, and even some anti-Trump "conservatives."
- 1 Leftward shift: criticism from conservatives
- 2 Ratings Dominance
- 3 Anti-elitist
- 4 Fringe views versus Fox News
- 5 History
- 6 Fox News Canada
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Leftward shift: criticism from conservatives
Conservatives have criticism for the Fox News Channel as well. For example, conservatives have complained about how Fox News has covered the homosexuality issue. In 2006, the conservative reporter Peter LaBarbera wrote that "Fox News and Wal-mart are among the high-level ($10,000) sponsors of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s (NLGJA) 2006 Convention in Miami." In addition, their 'Fair and Balanced' motto allows liberal propaganda, lies, deceit, and half-truths to gain an audience. In reality, Fox was judged to actually provide a more "fair and balanced" coverage in the 2008 Presidential race than all three MSM networks, who had a decidedly pro-Obama tilt, a study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
The Murdoch family, particularly James Murdoch and "his very liberal wife, Kathryn," both of whom hold high-ranking positions at Fox, are liberal globalists who aim to make Fox News more left-wing. Even Rupert Murdoch (and Fox News) opposed Donald Trump during the 2016 GOP primaries and co-chairs Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), which advocates for open borders, and Murdoch asked U.S. President Donald Trump to fire conservative Steve Bannon. Fox News also does business with liberal Democrat polling firms and establishment GOP firms which seek to push their respective agendas. Conservatives also criticized Fox News when co-host Dana Perino implied that the conservative Breitbart News Network was a Nazi site. In 2018, Fox News banned a retired U.S. Air Force general from appearing on its shows simply because he criticized liberal Republican John McCain. In March 2019, Fox refused to air Jeanine Pirro's show after she made politically incorrect comments about a far-left Muslim congresswoman and her devotion to Sharia Law. In September 2019, Fox News banned Daily Wire host Michael Knowles after he criticized mentally ill teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg, calling her, "mentally ill." Fox News immediately apologized for Knowles' statements.
Like all cable networks, the audience of the Fox News Channel is small compared with the internet. Not quite 2.4 million viewers—mostly elderly—watch the Fox News Channel during its peak times. Fox News Channel heavily promotes RINO Backing—commentators who may appear to be conservative but side with RINOs just when it matters most.
In the first major 2016 presidential debate, feminist Megyn Kelly of Fox News ambushed Donald Trump with irrelevant, out-of-context quotations to make it appear that he was somehow anti-women. Additional examples on Fox News include Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, and Rush Limbaugh, who viciously savaged Todd Akin for making a pro-life statement that pregnancy from rape is rare. The Fox News Channel gave Karl Rove a platform to raise money against pro-life Republican candidates, and has repeatedly featured liberal Republicans to help them against conservative rivals in Republican primaries.
In October 2019, Fox News refused to renew Christian radio host Todd Starnes' contract because he and his guests strongly advocated for conservative and Christian views.
According to a May 2017 study conducted by Harvard University regarding mainstream media coverage of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, overall 80% of coverage about him was negative throughout the media. However, the network with the most positive coverage of Trump was Fox News, with 48% percent positive and 52% negative. This shows that despite liberal deceit, Fox is indeed the fairest and most balanced mainstream news network in the U.S.
Fox News fired conservative firebrands Diamond and Silk in April 2020. Many originally assumed that this was due to their controversial claims that the deadliness of the coronavirus was being exaggerated to damage President Trump. However, the two have alleged that Fox News offered them $150,000 to endorse Joe Biden or any other 2020 presidential candidate besides Trump, and they declined, shortly before Fox News let them go.
Even notable moderates like Blaire White and Ben Shapiro have criticized Fox News. Blaire White tweeted that the network's coverage of WalkAway rallies in 2020 was "shameful." Shapiro criticized Fox for calling Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election long before the vote count was finished in that state, for interrupting one of Kayleigh McEnany's press conferences over disagreements with her statements, and for believing that the news media determines outcomes of presidential elections.
Fox News versus Conservatives
Popular opinion programming is skewed in favor of voices from establishment Republican, RINO members. This is most evident with their guest speakers such as Karl Rove. You'll never hear Fox use the words liberal Republican or RINO. The most liberal members of the Republican party are labeled moderates. Fox News will occasionally follow stories about the Tea Party movement however they prefer to air the liberal side prominently, airing outright lies from liberals. Rush Limbaugh claimed Fox News wouldn't let him talk about immigration issues and preferred to control the narrative, also known as censorship. Republican RINO leadership such as John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others love the spotlight of a camera and Fox News is there for them.
Even pundit Sarah Palin is too conservative for Fox News Channel, as when it canceled some of her interviews at a key political moment in August 2012, and then refused to renew her contract at the end of 2012. Fox negotiated a new contract five months later but generally pushed her off the air.
Fox News makes sure to hammer conservative guests. In September 2013, Fox's Chris Wallace claimed that establishment Republicans gave him opposition research against conservative Ted Cruz in his fight to defund Obamacare. Wallace has refused calls for him to release names. Nearly every host and guest, with the exception of Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, spread the establishment surrender message that the GOP can't win the defunding fight.
In the aftermath for the November 5th, 2013 race for governor, many Fox articles speak about RINO Chris Christie and the implications of his victory. Nothing at all about Ken Cuccinelli being abandoned by the establishment D.C. GOP despite a strong focus from talk radio. Cuccinelli almost pulled off the upset victory, yet no Fox coverage.
After David Brat knocked off House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Fox News commentators took to the air with glum faces of disbelief and dour reactions. Brit Hume said the David Brat win will help Democrats and hurt the GOP.
The news all over the conservative sphere talks about how the GOP used voter fraud, lies, and Democrats, in a Republican primary runoff to defeat Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. Fox News gave the controversy barely a mention the day after and nothing since. This despite story after story of fraud, race-baiting robocalls and fliers unearthed. One county with 1,000 illegal ballots cast and 9 other counties refusing the McDaniel campaign from looking at the voter books.
Many speakers gave the CPAC 2015 crowd a strong conservative message. Yet the 'Latest News' on Fox is Jeb Bush's CPAC speech. A favorite of Beltway establishment Republicans/lobbyists but the least conservative at the conference.
In September 2020, many conservatives were puzzled when Fox News hosts Melissa Francis and Marie Harf prevented Newt Gingrich from criticizing globalist George Soros on Harris Faulkner's show; others were unsurprised to see this from Fox News. Faulkner later apologized for the incident, but there seems to be a pattern of censoring criticism of George Soros by Fox News.
Fox News Liberals
Fox News is accused of being blatantly biased towards the right, during its supposedly non-partisan news reports. These false accusations stem from alleged injection of opinion in news stories, selectively preventing liberals a chance to be represented on the channel, and support for high ranking Republican Party members. Opponents to this theory cite the fact that Fox News parent company News Corp. overwhelmingly donates campaign contributions to Democrats and is the 9th biggest fundraiser of the Clintons, estimated at $3 million over 23 years. The Fox News network employs the following liberals among others:
- Donna Brazile
- Geraldo Rivera
- Kirsten Powers
- Juan Williams
- Dennis Kucinich
- Bob Beckel
- Meghan McCain
- Shepard Smith
- Alan Colmes (deceased)
A 2009 national survey showed that 46% of those who watch FOX News “just about every day” are Democrats or Independents. Dick Morris interpreted the numbers and determines, "Could it be that the Obama Administration is concerned about FOX News not because it is 'an arm of the Republican Party' but because it is so widely seen among Democrats and Independents?"
Fox News Channel and Homosexuality
Currently, the Fox Broadcasting Company website declares concerning the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA):
|“|| NLGJA Annual Conference and Job Fair
Fox News is a regular exhibitor at these annual Job Fairs. News Corp sponsored the opening reception for first-time attendees in 2006, as well as sponsoring workshops on Journalism in various colleges in 2007.
In 2010, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association declared that Kelly Wright, a Fox News Channel representative, attended NLGJA's 15th Annual New York Benefit. According the Fox News Channel website: "Kelly Wright is co-anchor of "FOX & Friends Weekend" as well as a general assignment correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC)." Wright is a graduate of the Christian university Oral Roberts University. In January 2010, the pro-life website published by Jill Stanek claimed Kelly Wright is a pastor. According to Christianity and the Bible, homosexuality is a sin.
|“||The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association has hundreds of members and is heavily funded by Hearst newspapers, Knight-Ridder, CBS News, CNN, Gannett, NBC, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, and more. Major newspapers throughout the U.S. have homosexual activists on their staffs who filter what you read about homosexuality.||”|
Accuracy in Media had this to say about the Fox News Channel:
|“||Media organizations which underwrote the convention included NBC News, Times Inc., Turner Broadcasting, Knight-Ridder, the Washington Post and Fox News Network. That’s right - Fox News. This is supposed to be a conservative network. ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, and USA Today all sent recruiters to the event, to hire open gays as journalists. Fitzpatrick comments, "By treating the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association as a legitimate counterpart to black and Hispanic journalists’ associations, these media organizations showed that they agree with the notion that homosexuals, a group defined by behavior rather than immutable characteristics, constitute a bona fide minority."||”|
In February 2018, under pressure from left-wingers, Fox News removed an editorial from its website by its own executive editor John Moody for criticizing the growing focus in the Olympics on the race and sexuality/homosexuality of athletes rather than how athletic they are. When removing the editorial, Fox News stated that "John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed." Moody resigned less than a month after the editorial.
Peter LaBarbera Concerning Fox News and homosexuality
See also: Homosexuality in the media
|“||How fascinating that Wayne Besen (left) is given the opportunity to appear on FOX News, of all places..., to critique alleged “homophobic” attitudes and speech toward homosexuals — when he has such a well-deserved reputation for being one of the nastiest “queer” activists in the business.||”|
In March 2009, Peter LaBarbera declared:
|“|| Temple U. Professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (left), a frequent guest on FOX News, believes Americans are “homophobic” because most still don’t like to see homosexuality (compared to heterosexuality) on TV or the big screen. We say Prof. Hill should get off his liberal high horse and stop lecturing Americans for their normal reaction to unnatural and immoral behavior....
Enough already. Gay sex is wrong, unhealthy (especially between men), and my hunch is it’s still pretty off-putting to most FOX viewers who are honest with themselves. And that’s OK. But I’ll go further: if there is a growing acceptance of homo-sexual behavior, especially among young people, that’s not a good thing but a sign of America’s descent into decadence, and our departure from a transcendent Judeo-Christian moral code that has served this nation well.
In 2006, Peter LaBarbera wrote:
|“|| Fox News and Wal-mart are among the high-level ($10,000) sponsors of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s (NLGJA) 2006 Convention in Miami (Sept 7-10 at Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel). Every year, the NLGJA garners hundreds of thousands of dollars in Big Media sponsorships for its convention; this year it appears (based on the sponsorship list below) that the total is around half a million dollars in corporate support...
Our question for Fox News executives is: if you are truly “fair and balanced,” will you now give an equal and corresponding grant to Americans for Truth or another pro-family organization, say, Accuracy in Media, that counters the ubiquitous pro-”gay” spin in the media? We’ll be awaiting your answer.
For 17 consecutive years, until 2017, Fox News was the #1 cable news station in the U.S. for primetime, and even after the consecutive record was broken, it remained #1 overall. It continued to easily beat the opposition even in a period of upheaval in early- and mid-2017, and it ended 2017 as the most-watched cable TV network. It was reported in May 2018 that the lowest-rated show on Fox News outperformed the highest-rated show on CNN. The network continued performing well.
Fox News Channel was the 2nd highest-rated cable channel on all of television during the first quarter of 2009 in prime time Total Viewers. CNN was 17th and MSNBC 24th for the first three months of the year. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined and gained the most compared to the first quarter of 2008, up 24%. 2009's first quarter was FNC's 3rd highest-rated quarter in prime time in the network's history — just behind Q4 '08 and Q3 '05. In primetime, ages 25–54 demo, and in total day in both categories, FNC grew more year-to-year than CNN and MSNBC combined. FNC had nine of the top 10 programs on cable news in Total Viewers. April 2009 statistics showed three new programs beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers during their respective time slots.
On the Record with Greta Van Susteren was up 55% in total viewers and 75% in the demo. Your World with Neil Cavuto is up 60% in Total Viewers and 102% in the demo. Glenn Beck was up 212% in the demo and up 128% in total viewers. Glenn Beck dominated the ratings before leaving the network in June 2011. Beck broke every single record for the 5 P.M. time slot. The leftist mob learned to hate him with a passion and Center For American Progress' senior fellow Van Jones is taking credit for Beck's retirement.
It was reported in August 2017 that Fox News was the most shared news organization on U.S. college campuses.
Summing up, at the end of 2021, its ratings, columnist:  Fox News In 2021: Ratings Dominance Even With Trump Gone, Plus Fox Weather, And Gutfeld Crushes Late-Night.
The show that replaced Glenn Beck's ratings dominance is 'The Five', described as a “roundtable ensemble of five rotating FOX personalities...."
Most often, the show pits Juan Williams, (formerly Bob Beckel) a consistent defender of every Democrat Party talking point, against a panel of conservative or libertarian opponents. 'The Five' features Williams, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Jesse Watters, and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Red Eye is a hybrid news / comedic satire show hosted by Thomas Shillue, who replaced Greg Gutfeld, who moved on to his own program. The show appears on Fox News at 3:00 a.m. EST on weekdays. Their ratings are remarkable for the time slot.
|“||The ratings came out for September and Red Eye is up over 30% in total viewers and up 50% in the key demo (25-54) since July. They have more overall viewers than every CNBC show, every MSNBC show that is on before Hardball, most of HLN, and American Morning on CNN.||”|
September 2010 was the third anniversary of Red Eye and it was noted that their rating for 3:00 a.m. EST beat out CNN,
|“||This time, the show had better ratings in the A25-54 demographic than Campbell Brown at 8pmET and Larry King at 9pmET, and tied Anderson Cooper at 10pmET (Monday-Thursday).||”|
Summing up Fox News ratings, at the end of 2021, columnist: "Gutfeld Crushes Late-Night."
Conservatives argue that Fox's real ethos is not Republican or conservative, but anti-elitist — a major reason it connects with so many Americans and annoys so many coastal elites. "There's a whole country that elitists will never acknowledge," Ailes once observed. "What people resent deeply out there are those in the 'blue states' thinking they're smarter." This anti-elitism shows itself in Fox's pro-U.S. stance in covering the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and its broadcasters' use of terms such as "terrorist" instead of the politically correct "militant" to refer to terrorists. Since the Vietnam War era, mainstream journalists have tended to see such blunt language and side-taking as unsophisticated, a betrayal of journalistic objectivity, or perhaps their own ingrained biases against government in general.
Another aspect of Fox's anti-elitism is the treatment of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians with respect, far from the normal liberal media's depiction as lunatics or extremists. "We regularly have on the Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson and other religious leaders, just as we put on Pat Ireland and Eleanor Clift," Ailes said, continuing, "Most Americans believe in God and have that as their foundation in life. So why shouldn't we have as guests people that they like, respect and want to hear from?" Ailes said he didn't get "too worked up" by a Pew Foundation study that showed that Fox has more Republican viewers than CNN, CNBC or MSNBC and that his reporters and anchors insert their opinions into stories far more than competitors do. Numbers might have something to do with it: Fox is beating the combined audience of the other three. But Ailes dismissed Pew as a "liberal lobbying organization." He said, "Most polls today are not taken to provide information to the public but to get press for the organization taking the polls. I took a poll of Pew, and 98% of my organization found that they were biased", Ailes said with a wink.
In response, Project Director Tom Rosenstiel said the study "was not a poll. It was a content analysis designed by a four-university research team and executed at the University of Alabama." One plus for Fox, he said, was that researchers found Fox News stories were more forthcoming about sourcing than their cable rivals.
Fringe views versus Fox News
"What really frustrates liberals about Fox, though, is simply that, along with talk radio and the conservative blogosphere, it has helped shatter the left's near-monopoly on news and information. Fox's opinion-driven programming gives conservatives and liberals a chance to get a fair hearing for their ideas. But Democratic politicians and activists who go on Fox also must defend their views, often against tough questioning, something that happens less often on the networks, where most journalists are left-of-center, survey after survey has shown", said columnist Brian Anderson. "Even more significant, Fox came on the scene a decade ago as a professional news organization that could define and report news as something different from what the elite consensus says it is. To take one of many examples, the corruption of the United Nations' oil-for-food initiative in Iraq, initially downplayed by the mainstream media because of their sympathy for internationalism, was uncovered — deemed newsworthy — on Fox."
All this wouldn't matter if Fox News wasn't so influential. But it is. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 20% of Americans now claim to get news from it, and lots of them (37%) are Democrats or independents. The network's success has also sparked a "Fox effect," leading some competitors to become more open to right-of-center opinions: MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," hosted by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, is a prime example. Until a few years ago, Democrats never had to deal with all these conservatives in the media.
Ailes said Fox News has no agenda. His charge to his reporters and anchors is simple: "If you make a mistake, get on the air as fast as you can and admit it. ... Do your homework. Make sure you reach out to a point of view you don't agree with to be sure you have some balance in your piece, because journalists, despite the public perception, are not empty-headed fools. They actually come to the job with some ideas and biases." When asked whether the media have a "conscious bias," Ailes said: "I don't know whether it's conscious or not. I think people who are biased to the left and right are by and large honest people who bring their life experience to whatever their beliefs are. I don't think there's some conspiracy of bias to the left, but I do think that New York and Los Angeles have different views than many people that I know from other parts of the country."
The Fox News channel was started in 1996 by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, who perceived a need for a news organization that offered more balanced and fair reporting, one where the facts from all sides would be presented. Mainstream media "political correctness" was banished. As an example, Fox News anchors call terrorists what they are, (terrorists), instead of referring to them as "militants." As of February 2007, polls show that over 20% of Americans say their main source of news is the Fox News Channel.
Fox News has dominated the ratings of other cable news outlets. Launched by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and former political consultant Roger Ailes as a refuge for viewers fed up with real or perceived liberal bias everywhere in the so-called "mainstream media", Fox is the undisputed ratings champion of cable news. It's been trouncing CNN, MSNBC and CNBC for years, and draws a much larger audience share than all competitors, including the three major broadcast news shows, combined. It is by far the most profitable news network in the world, on track to earn more than $700 Million in 2010. But the profit motive may cause some of the hostility Fox News has to the conservative positions on important social issues.
Indeed, for over 100 consecutive months, FNC has been the most-watched cable news channel in the country. FNC is available in more than 90 million homes. It is part of the Fox Television Stations Group, a subsidiary of Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Roger Ailes was named Chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group on August 15, 2005. Ailes resigned on July 21, 2016, following a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment of female employees. Rupert Murdoch is his interim replacement. Despite its strong ratings dominance in the United States, Fox News did not perform well in the United Kingdom, causing its parent company to stop broadcasting it in the country in 2017 in order to focus on its U.S. market.
The Fox News Channel is a United States cable and satellite news channel. It is part of the Fox Television Stations Group, a subsidiary of Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
Slated reported in 2008 that since 1997, Republicans have received a slight majority - 56% of the $4.76 million in campaign donations from the Murdoch family and the News Corporation's political action committees and employees. However, Slate also reported in 2008: "Since Democrats won control of Congress in the 2006 elections, the company and its employees have given more than twice as much to Democrats as to Republicans." Generally speaking, Republicans have less favorable views and policies concerning homosexuality than Democrats. The Pew Research Center reported in 2010: "In broad terms, voters view the Democratic Party's ideology as the opposite of the Republican Party's: 58% say the Democratic Party is either very liberal or liberal..." In the United States, twice as many liberals as conservatives (46% versus 22%) believe people are born homosexual and liberals generally have more favorable opinions about homosexuality. In recent years, Rupert Murdoch has formed a relationship with the liberals/Democrats Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. In 2005, he invited musician Bono and Bill Clinton to a company conference on the environment, Islam in the West, and future of the world.
Rupert Murdoch has been married three times and divorced two times. Before Rupert Murdoch left his second wife, he was anointed as a member of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great, for his "unblemished character."
The Roman Catholic Church's position is that having homosexual desires can be a choice in individuals but having homosexual desires is not a choice in respect to all individuals. However, as noted earlier, according to the Vatican individuals should not engage in homosexual acts as they are acts of serious depravity.
This is a transcript of Ailes speaking to the Television Critics Association, which will be enlightening to readers digging into the Fox take on reporting and its reaction to controversy about its mission.
On November 20, 2008, Roger Ailes, who held the titles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FOX News and Chairman of FOX Television Stations, signed a new five-year contract with News Corporation, it was announced by Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The contract will pay him over 23 million dollars in 2009.
During Ailes' time with News Corp, FNC passed CNN in ratings in all day parts in 2002 to become the number one news network in the country, nearing full distribution with more than 90 million subscribers. In 2007, he launched the Fox Business Channel which currently reaches more than 40 million homes and served as the biggest launch in cable television history. Throughout Mr. Ailes' tenure, FOX Television Stations has increased its market share each of the last three years with all-time record shares in the last two years. In addition, Fox Television Stations has expanded its local news presence by nearly 100 hours a week in a challenging economic climate.
|“||At a time when the broadcast networks are struggling with diminishing audiences and profits in news, he has built Fox News into the profit engine of the News Corporation. Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined. The division is on track to achieve $700 million in operating profit this year, according to analyst estimates||”|
In a December 2013 interview by Hollywood Reporter, Ailes was talking about MSNBC no longer being in the news business and then said,
|“||For CNN to also throw in the towel and announce they’re out of the news business is quite interesting.||”|
In an April 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ailes said
|“||I flip to MSNBC occasionally to make sure their blind pig didn’t find an acorn. But they never have once.||”|
|“||I don’t watch much CNN, they got out of the news business in primetime. But I look to see if they have a good documentary or movie. If they do, I’ll watch that.||”|
From its foundation, Fox News had the slogan of "Fair and Balanced." In June 2017, it was reported that Fox would discontinue the slogan in an effort to distance itself from Roger Ailes, who created the slogan.
Criticism of Fair and Balanced slogan
Despite the facts above, liberal critics have still complained about Fox's "Fair & Balanced" slogan. Former President Bill Clinton exploded at Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace in September 2006, accusing him of "a nice little conservative hit job" after being lightly pressed by Wallace about his record on fighting Al Qaeda. Democratic politicians and advocates have relentlessly attacked the cable network, sometimes accusing it of being a Republican propaganda mill. Former Vice-President and environmentalist Al Gore has likened Fox to a right-wing "fifth column." Groups, such as MoveOn.org, funded a classic schlockumentary entitled Outfoxed, which purports to expose the channel's 'nefarious Republican agenda'. Some have referred to FOX News as "the propaganda arm of the Republican Party" or "Faux News." In a grandstanding gesture of political theater the group unsuccessfully petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to stop Fox's from using its slogan as "deceptive advertising". It was unanimously rejected. Fox News spokesman Rob Zimmerman told today's (Tuesday) Wall Street Journal: "If they can attack Fox News to this extreme, then all news organizations are at risk to be targeted by similar attacks. ... It's best to ignore nuts."
Rolling Stone magazine charged that Ailes has “built the most formidable propaganda machine ever seen outside of the Communist bloc.” Ailes responded accusing NBC, CBS, ABC, The New York Times, and the rest of running a liberal propaganda machine.
|“||If they did fair and balanced news, we’d be out of business.||”|
A recent comprehensive study by UCLA political scientist Tim Groseclose and University of Missouri-Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Milyo found Brit Hume's Special Report — Fox's most straightforward news show — more centrist than any of the three major networks' evening newscasts, all of which are liberal. The program is a model of smart news television.
Although it is true that Fox's opinion shows (as opposed to its news shows) are, as they're supposed to be, frequently bombastic and opinionated; it is equally true that Fox's biggest super-star, Bill O'Reilly is not a mainstream Republican, but a registered Independent who sides with conservatives. He regularly charges the oil companies with price-gouging and attacks big business for quashing the little guy. Greta Van Susteren's politics are unclear, as she mostly covers the crime-of-the-day stories. Geraldo Rivera is traditionally liberal on most issues, with the exception of being a strong supporter of the military and stiff penalties for sex offenders.
Some liberal commentators, such as news analyst Marvin Kalb, and Eleanor Clift, are affiliated with the channel. In general, Fox News is closer to mainstream America than CBS, ABC, NBC or CNN, its founding mission.
The O'Reilly Factor had been the most watched cable news program, until O'Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, due to alleged sexual harassment. O'Reilly has interviewed Barack Obama and other high-profile guests on his show.
- "FOX News destroys NBC and CNN on cable every night. We cover the news. We don't ignore it. And we don't denigrate it." - Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly is a registered independent, but sides with Republicans on most issues, excluding several Christian causes. Bill O'Reilly wrote the best seller "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity." Like Sean Hannity and other commentators on Fox, O'Reilly's role was that of an independent contractor, expressing his own opinions, not those of Fox News, as opposed to the networks news anchors, like Shepard Smith.
Bill O'Reilly and the homosexuality issue
|“|| On February 11, 2004, Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, featured Kevin Jennings, the executive director of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.) Jennings, a former teacher turned homosexual activist, along with a lesbian counterpart, discussed GLSEN's new pro-homosexual curriculum on marriage being marketed to children and youth in public schools all across America under the guise of "tolerance."...
O'Reilly, watched heavily by conservatives and Christians alike, shocked much of his constituency on September 3, 2002, when he publicly announced his support of homosexual rights in the nation's largest “gay” publication, The Advocate. His sympathetic, lenient views on “gay” adoption and his mixed-message stance on “gay” marriage have caused great dissent among his loyalists - and no doubt cost him viewers.
|“|| Fox News is threatening to sue a prominent evangelical minister in the ex-homosexual movement who engaged in a volatile exchange over biblical morality on the top-rated television program "The O'Reilly Factor" in September.
Stephen Bennett, who says he left his homosexual lifestyle nearly 11 years ago, has distributed a 60-minute audio tape program called the "The O'Reilly Shocker," in which he responds to host Bill O'Reilly's characterization of people who take the Bible literally as "religious fanatics.".
Bennett said he has received hundreds of e-mails from viewers of the segment who said they were outraged at O'Reilly's "anger and verbal abuse."
In response to the threatened lawsuit of the Fox News Channel the Agape Press reported:
|“|| But Mike DePrimo, senior litigation counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, which represents Bennett, says Bennett has a right to distribute a recording of the program -- and that his use of the tape is legal under copyright law's allowance of fair use and comment.
"The law provides that even copyrighted material may be used, provided it's used not for commercial gain but for comment," DePrimo says. "Stephen Bennett used the material from the O'Reilly show simply to rebut the arguments O'Reilly put forward."
The attorney implied there may be another reason the popular O'Reilly wants the distribution of the tape stopped -- and it has to do with image. "O'Reilly promotes himself as a conservative," DePrimo explains. "In fact, Bennett's tape shows that O'Reilly is simply another media elite who's advancing the homosexual agenda -- and he doesn't want to be exposed for what he is."
The network confirmed in January 2010 that the former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin had signed a multiyear contract to appear on the news station periodically. Potentially in a format similar to LtCol (ret) Oliver L. North's "War stories" documentary series.
Palin left in January 2013 looking to take her message to a "larger audience", but returned as a political commentator under a new contract in June 2013.
Obama Administration versus Fox News
Barack Hussein Obama has thin skin when it comes to criticism of his policies. The entire mainstream media has thrown its support to Obama and refuses to questions his policies. Fox News is the lone station that will criticize Obama fairly. Obama said,
|“||“I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration... That’s a pretty big megaphone. You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”||”|
The President has praised MSNBC and berated Fox News. Considering that MSNBC devoted itself to attacking George W Bush and his administration, this is hypocritical on Obama's part. To sum it up, all other major news networks have let themselves become servile heralds of the liberal agenda, while Fox news is the only station that will call Obama out on anything he does.
Media critic David Zurawik said “Thank goodness at least one TV outlet, Fox, is questioning Team Obama as it pushes for the kind of massive change in American life not seen since the era of Franklin Roosevelt,” and "...ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the others allow their news operations to be used by the White House for partisan political reasons."
In April 2006 the G. W. Bush White House selected Tony Snow, Fox News Anchorman, to be the new White House Press Secretary. "Snow, who in his roles as a pundit on Fox News and elsewhere has rapped Bush on several occasions, joined the White House only after extracting a promise that he would become an adviser to the president on day-to-day strategy...the former columnist will be the first outsider to become part of Bush's revamped inner circle.", said the Washington Post.
Prior to being White House Press Secretary, Snow, was the host for Fox News Sunday, with Tony Snow and as host of his own radio talk show. He was a director of speech-writing for President George H.W. Bush and has worked as a USA Today columnist, Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Times, deputy editorial page editor of the Detroit News and frequent substitute for radio host Rush Limbaugh. Snow died July 12, 2008, at age 50 after an unsuccessful battle with colon cancer.
Fox News Canada
Liberals have successfully painted Fox News as being blocked in Canada because of laws against lying, the premise is false. While they don't operate in Canada because of the legal tactics of direct competitor and wholly-owned government entity Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Fox News does broadcast their channel by selling programs to Canadian third party independent media firms like Bell, Rogers and 20 other companies.
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