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Fox News (officially Fox News Channel, abbreviated FNC and commonly known as Fox) is an American multinational conservative cable news television channel. It is owned by Fox News Media, which itself is owned by the Fox Corporation. The channel broadcasts primarily from studios at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. Fox News provides service to 86 countries and overseas territories worldwide, with international broadcasts featuring Fox Extra segments during ad breaks.
The channel was created by Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch to appeal to a conservative audience, hiring former Republican media consultant and CNBC executive Roger Ailes as its founding CEO. It launched on October 7, 1996, to 17 million cable subscribers. Fox News grew during the late 1990s and 2000s to become the dominant subscription news network in the U.S. As of September 2018, approximately 87,118,000 U.S. households (90.8% of television subscribers) received Fox News. In 2019, Fox News was the top-viewed cable network, averaging 2.5 million viewers. Murdoch is the current executive chairman and Suzanne Scott is the CEO.
Fox News has been described as practicing biased reporting in favor of the Republican Party, the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations, and conservative causes while portraying the Democratic Party in a negative light.
Critics have cited Fox News as detrimental to the integrity of news overall.
Fox News employees have said that news reporting operates independently of its opinion and commentary programming, and have denied bias in news reporting, while former employees have said that Fox ordered them to "slant the news in favor of conservatives." During Trump's presidency, observers have said there is a pronounced tendency of the Fox News Channel to serve as a "mouthpiece" for the administration, providing "propaganda" and a "feedback loop" for Trump, with one presidential scholar stating, "It's the closest we've come to having state TV."
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[theAtlantic.com, 2020-10-22] The Militia That Fox News Built. If America descends into civil war, at least we'll know what channel was on when it began.
[SMH.com (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia), 2020-10-19] Murdoch's sway on politics warrants royal commission.
Living in Australia, many now habitually think our national media landscape is normal. It isn't. No other Western democracy has the level of print media monopoly that Rupert Murdoch has secured for himself in Australia. A single American billionaire has now seized control of almost 70 per cent of daily newspaper circulation. In my state of Queensland, which determines most federal elections, this monopoly is almost 100 per cent with every newspaper from Cairns to Coolangatta and Australia's only commercial 24-hour "news" channel.
But Murdoch is not just any old businessman. He's not just interested in money but also in political power and far-right ideology. For Murdoch, it's long been his triple-aphrodisiac. And the habits of a lifetime lead him to destroy anybody who gets in his way. That's why people are frightened of him.
Where would Rupert Murdoch like to take Australia? Look no further than Fox News in America, which remains the epicentre of the Trump phenomenon, polluting Americans' minds with bullshit narratives about widespread voter fraud, climate hoaxes and other wild conspiracies. This parallel-universe model is now unfolding in the pages of his Australian newspapers and on Sky News.
Even Rupert's previous heir-apparent, James Murdoch, has called out his father's empire for its hidden agendas, legitimising disinformation and wilfully sowing doubt to obscure facts in public debate. Yet despite this bombshell, not a word of it has been published in Murdoch's publications. Such brutal censorship of politically embarrassing news is something we'd expect of a one-party state, not a vibrant democracy. Yet in Australia we just brush this off as "normal", such is the slippery slope we're on. ...
[2020-07-26] FOX News Touting QAnon Is All You Need to Know About the So-Called 'News' Network. QAnon has "uncovered a lot of great stuff," Jesse Watters falsely claimed.
[2020-07-16] All the times FOX News hosts went on "vacation". Tucker Carlson's "pre-planned vacation" wasn't the first sudden disappearance of a FOX News personality.
[2020-06-10] "must-watch" (Robert Reich): The Deadly Fox News-Trump Syndicate. Deny, promote quack remedies, attack the experts, blame others, and change the subject to "freedom."
[BoingBoing.net, 2020-03-18] WATCH: Fox News hosts say coronavirus is fake news, then change their tune.
What a damning indictment of Fox News from the Post video team here. pic.twitter.com/r8Fz8vo5KV
-- andrew kaczynski 🤔 (@KFILE) March 18, 2020
[Twitter.com, 2020-03-17] What a damning indictment of Fox News from the Post video team here.
[video] 🤔 @KFILE: What a damning indictment of Fox News from the Post video team here.
Over the past month, many Fox News anchors and personalities have gone from doubting the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic to calling it a public health crisis.
In this video, assembled by the Washington Post's media team, Fox News hosts and their rhetoric is contrasted just a few days apart. Then, they were claiming coronavirus was either nothing to worry about or an outright hoax; now they are solemnly telling people to look out for themselves as the virus rages.
[washingtonpost.com, 2020-03-16] On Fox News, suddenly a very different tune about the coronavirus. For weeks, some of Fox News's most popular hosts downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, characterizing it as a conspiracy by media organizations and Democrats to undermine President Trump.
[BBC.com, 2020-01-18] Disney culls "Fox" from 20th Century Fox in rebrand. Disney executives have cut the word "Fox" from their 20th Century Fox film studio in an apparent bid to distance it from operations of the previous owner, Rupert Murdoch. ... Variety magazine, which broke the news about the name change, said it had spoken to an unnamed Disney source, who said: "I think the Fox name means Murdoch, and that is toxic." ...
[theHill.com, 2020-01-29] Rupert Murdoch's News Corp launches "Knewz" aggregation platform as alternative to Google, Facebook. Note this disingenuous statement: "Knewz.com is an innovative service designed to let you consume news from a wide variety of sources, free of the bias bubbles and vacuous verticals that frustrate so many discerning readers and thoughtful publishers." | News Corp
[Variety.com, 2020-01-17] Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures.
[theConversation.com, 2019-05-15] The secret history of News Corp: a media empire built on spreading propaganda. Academic Denis Muller [local copy (html, captured 2020-10-13)] recently called News Corp a "propaganda operation masquerading as a news service."
[NYTimes.com, 2019-04-03] How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World:
Part 2 [2019-04-03]: Internal Divisions President Trump's election made the Murdoch family more powerful than ever. But the bitter struggle between James and Lachlan threatened to tear the company apart.
[MediaMatters.org, 2013-06-19] Fox News' Transphobia Problem.
[2020-07-14] Roger Stone thanks Tucker Carlson for pushing Trump to commute his sentence: "Incredible loyalty". Stone praises the FOX News host for using his show as a platform to attempt to discredit Mueller's Russia probe.
[2019-03-10] In unearthed audio, Tucker Carlson makes numerous misogynistic and perverted comments. During interviews on "Bubba The Love Sponge," Carlson said he "loves" the idea of young girls sexually experimenting, used sexist terms to refer to a number of women, and defended statutory rape.
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