Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean has referred to Fox News as a "right-wing propaganda machine,"  and several Democratic Party politicians have boycotted events hosted or sponsored by the network. When Fox refused to change its position and continued to exclude Paul and Hunter, the New Hampshire Republican Party officially announced it would withdraw as a Fox partner in the forum.
Bush , has also said, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. But I don't begrudge them that. They've been nice to me. They've said some very nice things about me.
Not [Bill] O'Reilly, but I don't watch him. It does lean to the right, primarily in its opinion programming but also in its story selection which is fine by me and elsewhere. But it's worth remembering that Fox is less a bastion of ideological conservatism and more a populist, tabloid-like network. FAIR has asserted that the ratio of conservative to non-conservative guests on Fox shows strongly favors conservatives.
He has been a subject of controversy and criticism as a result of his substantial influence in both the print and broadcast media. Accusations against him include the " dumbing down " of news and introducing "mindless vulgarity" in place of genuine journalism , and having his own outlets produce news that serve his own political and financial agendas.
According to the BBC website: Bush 's cousin, John Prescott Ellis , was Fox News' projection team manager during the general election of After speaking numerous times on election night with his cousins George and Jeb ,  Ellis, at 2: Critics allege this was a premature decision, given the impossibly razor-thin margin officially of 5. Ailes and Fox News, and the Murdoch children — with Rupert caught between them. Murdoch denied that claim. Media bias Polls and surveys[ edit ] A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports during September found that Fox News was seen as second to CBS as the most politically biased network in the public view.
This pattern is most apparent with the fast-growing Fox News Channel. Fox's cumulative audience unique viewers who watched at least 60 minutes in an average month was The "content analysis" portion of their report also concluded that "Fox was measurably more one-sided than the other networks, and Fox journalists were more opinionated on the air.
The study also found that viewers who relied on Fox news coverage exhibited attitude change toward both candidates, but particularly a lowering opinions toward John Kerry. In contrast the study found that CNN's coverage was more fair and balanced. Groseclose's model used the number of times a host cited a particular think tank on his or her program and compared it with the number of times a member of the U.
Congress cited a think tank, correlating that with the politician's Americans for Democratic Action rating. Groseclose and Professor Jeff Milyo rebutted, saying Nunberg "shows a gross misunderstanding [of] our statistical method and the actual assumptions upon which it relies.
It would be nice if there were a less politically fraught body of data on which such modeling exercises could be explored. The study, however, did find that Fox's coverage was less negative toward Republican candidates than the coverage of broadcast networks. The report put the figure slightly lower—81 percent—for the Wall Street Journal. The misleading statements identified in the report included " President Donald Trump 's first days in office by several major mainstream media outlets including Fox.
The erroneous belief that "The U. In response, Fox News frequent guest Ann Coulter characterized the PIPA findings as "misperceptions of pointless liberal factoids" and called it a "hoax poll". Only a substantially more comprehensive study could undertake such broad research questions," and stated "that the correlation between viewing Fox News and holding misperceptions does not prove that Fox News' presentation caused the misperceptions", inferring that causality is not necessary to prove correlation.
According to the results of the study, " The study employed objective questions, such as whether Hosni Mubarak was still in power in Egypt. The channel's Vice President of News, John Moody , controls content by writing memos to the news department staff.
In the documentary Outfoxed , former Fox News employees talk about the inner workings of the channel. In memos from the documentary, Moody instructs employees how to approach particular stories and on what stories to approach.
Critics of Fox News claim that the instructions on many of the memos indicate a conservative bias. The Washington Post quoted Larry Johnson, a former part-time Fox News commentator, describing the Moody memos as "talking points instructing us what the themes are supposed to be, and God help you if you stray. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered.
To the newsroom personnel responsible for the channel's daytime programming, The Memo is the Bible. If, on any given day, you notice that the Fox anchors seem to be trying to drive a particular point home, you can bet The Memo is behind it.
Moody that recommended the following: In the e-mail, Sammon instructed producers to not use the phrase " public option " when discussing a key measure of President Obama's reform bill, and instead use the terms "government option" or "government-run health insurance[,]" noting negative connotations; Sammon also suggested that the qualifier "so-called" be said before any proper mention of the public option. Critics claimed that Sammon took advice from Republican pollster Frank Luntz , who appeared on Hannity shortly before the e-mail was written and made the same suggestions in identifying the public option.
Critics also noticed that reporters and panelists on Special Report with Bret Baier used the term "public option" before the e-mail was sent, but used the term "government option" immediately afterwards. Sammon, in an interview with Howard Kurtz for The Daily Beast , defended the directive and denied he was trying to skew Fox News' coverage.
The tool showed that the article for Shepard Smith was edited from Fox computers, removing mention of an arrest. Original photo of Jacques Steinberg. Photo aired on Fox News Channel. Original photo of Steven Reddicliffe.
On the edition of July 2, of Fox and Friends , co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy aired photos of New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and Times television editor Steven Reddicliffe that appeared to have been crudely doctored, apparently in order to portray the journalists unflatteringly.
This occurred during a discussion of a piece in the edition of June 28 of The New York Times, which pointed out what Steinberg called "ominous trends" in Fox News' ratings. A still picture in the ad was in fact taken from a CNN broadcast covering the event. The veracity of this ad was called into question on the air by then-CNN commentator Rick Sanchez , along with others pointing to various coverage of the event.
On September 20, , President Obama appeared on all the major news programs except Fox News, a snub partially in response to remarks about the President by commentators Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and general coverage by Fox with regard to Obama's Health Care proposal.
Following this, a senior Obama adviser told U. News that the White House would never get a fair shake from Fox News. Fox White House correspondent Major Garrett responded by stating that he had not made a specific request, but that he had a "standing request from me as senior White House correspondent on Fox to interview any newsmaker at the Treasury at any given time news is being made.
According to the article, Anita Dunn claimed in an e-mail to have checked with colleagues who "deal with TV issues" and had been told that nobody had been instructed to avoid Fox. Patrick Caddell , a Fox News contributor and former pollster for President Jimmy Carter said he had spoken with other Democratic consultants who had received similar warnings from the White House. Hannity estimated 20, protesters were in attendance, the Washington Post estimated 10, and Luke Russert reported that three Capitol Hill police officers guessed "about 4, Jarrett noted that the former Republican vice-presidential candidate is "continuing to draw huge crowds while she's promoting her brand-new book", adding that the images being shown were "some of the pictures just coming in to us The lines earlier had formed this morning.
Fox senior vice-president of news Michael Clemente issued an initial statement saying, "This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn't alert the control room to update the video.
Before playing the clip, Hannity remarked that there was a "rare moment of honesty" in Obama's speech, playing a video of Obama saying: Taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year, for everybody. It quickly cuts back to Hannity, with Hannity saying, "I know the anointed one will make sure that happens. Under the tax plan passed by the last administration, taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year, for everybody.
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