Skip to comments.THE FUTURE OF FOX NEWS
Posted on 03/17/2010 8:29:57 PM PDT by reprobate
THE FUTURE OF FOX NEWS AT 10:15 P.M. ET: Those on our side have come to depend on Fox News as one of the few outlets where our views get a fair hearing. But will that always be the case?
There have been some disturbing signs in recent days. Fox, of course, is under the control of Rupert Murdoch, pro-American stalwart and something of a media genius. But Murdoch is aging, and it's widely reported that his son, James, who's becoming increasingly powerful in the parent News Corporation, which owns Fox, has views rather different from those of his father. In particular, James has an affinity for the Arab world, despite the fact that freedom of the press doesn't exactly thrive in that culture.
Fox News has received an infusion of Saudi money, primarily from a Saudi prince who spreads money around the United States to buy influence. Fox announced a few weeks ago that its Mideast headquarters would be in Abu Dhabi.
The obvious question is whether these changes will affect Fox's reporting. Several commentators have already noticed, as have I, a subtle change to a more pro-Arab line in some Fox news reports. A report by Amy Kellogg about the Golan Heights last night was particularly disturbing, coming from a reporter who's been reliable in the past. Left out completely, and shockingly, was the fact that the Golan had been used as an artillery platform by Syria to pound villages in Israel proper before Israel seized the Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War. Some of the reporting from Jerusalem has also been leaving out the context that Fox has normally supplied in the past.
How far will this go? Hard to say. But I'm afraid the signs aren't good. Rupert Murdoch will fade away. Money talks. It is frightening to think of the influences that may come into play in the Murdoch empire in the future, an empire that includes Twentieth Century Fox studios, the Times of London, and the The Wall Street Journal. We may find Fox taking the side of the very people who would deny it the freedom to report freely.
So far I haven't seen any anti-American slant creeping into Fox's reporting, but one can legitimately have concerns. James Murdoch is British, but educated in the United States at Harvard, from which he dropped out. His wife works for a Bill Clinton-sponsored organization, the Clinton Climate Initiative.
March 17, 2010
Will there be any news organization we can depend on? The corruption of our government and news media is sickening.
Any change in Fox News’ format would render them worthless like all of their counterparts. People want truth, and Fox is the most profitable BECAUSE they’re the only ones reporting truthfully. Anything less or different would be suicide for Fox. Is Murdock’s son suicidal?
“In particular, James Murdock has an affinity for the Arab world”
If you owned Fox where would you put your Mideast headquarters? Where was their Mideast headquarters before?
I think PJTV has potential.
Unless and until we have another news company to provide competition, Fox only has to be better than the other options - which wouldn’t take much.
Breitbart has the right idea; we need to encourage him in his efforts. I’d also like to see Rush get involved in providing some news media alternatives.
We must never have all our eggs in one basket. A monopoly is way too easily corrupted.
what a pantload
UK Telegraph and the The Daily Mail are owned by the billionaire Barclay brothers who are pro-free market. They were working class Scottish Catholics from a big family who grew up in England. They are not CFR, Bilderberger, Davos, one world elites.
William O’Neil owner of Investors Business Daily newspaper.
I do not trust any of the other news media. Murdoch has a second wife who is a chi-com and he has Saudi investors in News Corp/Fox. He also backed Blair and B-Liar’s Islamification of the UK.
What is Wife Wendi’s role in all this?
After all, she is a very practical Chinese businesswoman.
Bill Whittle rocks.
butterdezillion - all excellent suggestions. Any chance you can contact Breitbart and Rush with your thoughts?
Fox can crash and burn rather quickly if there most loyal viewing base - the conservative majority drop them like a hat. I basically tuned out for a couple years from 2005 to 2007 because of their horrific cheer leading of Kerry in 2004...praising his performances in the convention and debates. I felt they over-accommodated to criticism of being biased. In addition, I grew tired of tv media in general after Katrina and the manufactured attacks on President Bush. I tuned back in during the 2008 election cycle and have remained since, but I will turn it off again if I see this trend continue. I personally am not convinced yet, but it will become apparent if they repeatedly spin things to the muslim world view.
Anyone notice that certain talk radio shows (Rush, Beck, Ingram, etc,.) are moving into live streaming? Beck is basicly turning his show into a live stream net broadcast.
I think they’re seeing a hostile future where “fairness doctrines” will force then on alternative venues.
How? Simple....congress will “deem” it so.
I work for a company in which the aging father is turning things over to his son. A more arrogant megalomaniacal idiot you will never find than his idiot son. I’m just saying anything is possible. Never expect the second generation to respect the achievements of the generation that preceded it.
I also have some concerns about this. But not much we can do about it. Another factor is that the children of successful men like Murdoch only rarely are capable of repeating their father’s success.
Roger Ailes has a proven record of bringing in viewers and money for Fox, which goes beyond politics and ideology. But will Murdoch’s heirs understand that?
I’ve never believed that Rupert was conservative. I think that if all of the major networks had a bias towards Republicans then Rupert would broadcast far left-tilted programming because the underserved market is the easiest way to make money. At this point Rupert has a monopoly over the viewing habits of half of the population while the other countless networks split the other half.
Well I have concerns about Fox now. I’m angry they took tv fox off line...closed down everyone with cease and desist.
I don’t watch enough Tv to warrent cable so “radio” is my friend. But i did like to watch fox online while this bills been wired up.
Countries know that whoever controls the media controls the people...am not surprised ME countries are investing...they are going after anything that means control...ports...transportation etc. anything to do with commerce.
Hey, Fox News reporting at the top of the hour on radio is pure AP trash.
Fox is not conservative. Fox just doesn’t hate America.
Well I guess that we can stop watching Fox just like we stopped watching NBCCBSABCCNN. There are still places where we can hear the truth like Rush and the Internet!
Fox News NEVER, EVER says anything critical about the Chicoms. They kissed their ring some years ago to sell SkyTV in their neighborhood.
Regardless of any influence by the Saudis or the junior Murdoch, the basic point still remains: We need an alternative to FNC! We cannot put all our eggs in one basket - especially considering the age of the senior Murdoch.
There is no point in worrying about what might happen. FNC has been in an extended golden age. Should that end, something else will fill the vacuum.
The Islamists and the leftists use the same tactics for the same ends. When push comes to shove, though, the Islamists will eat the leftists alive.
Dajjal, I think this is your area of interest and expertise. Any comments?
Little people like me can’t get the attention of people like Rush or Breitbart.
Yes...it’s very alarming the intrusions being made throughout our country..successfully at that. Threat Matrix has a host of videos and articles of the latest...I visit there often just to stay on top of what’s happening.
Fox News has at least as many liberals as conservatives on staff. O’Reilly goes out of his way to say that he is not conservative. Sheppard Smith is a liberal, as are a lot more of them at Fox.
O’Reilly is “green” and anti-gun. He is very sneaky about his liberal views. Sean Hannity is conservative. Charles Krauthammer articulates conservative views better than everybody else.
I believe the HQs move is a move from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi.
Thanks for the link, reprobate. The author appears qualified to raise the question.
Bretts interview today was a win for America!
Clearly, whatever was O’s plan, it failed.
It is not always possible to get even a single answer from a guest that is nonresponsive, evasive, controlling and intimidating. Usually the next best thing is to remain polite and allow the difficult guest to sputter and ramble as Brett did.
The interview also suggests
- Roger Ailes at the moment yet controls the format at FOX;
- the O Team may not be as efficient as some believe; and,
- while perhaps remote, it placed O in such a bad light that one or more insiders may, in fact, be working for Os downfall.
As you point out, how much longer will we have FOX?
Time to tell William Katz’s doctors that he needs more thorazine. The Murdochs are in the business of making money. The last thing their going to do is mess with their ginormous ratings.
Thanks for the post and the ping.
Yes, Brett did an excellent, ballsy interview.
Did you see him interviewed on O’Reilly? He specifically said that his goal was to ask the questions nobody else was asking. He did that in spades.
About the author, Willaim Katz
William Katz has, during an extensive career, been an intern for a U.S. senator; an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency; an assistant to Herman Kahn, the nuclear-war theorist; an editor at The New York Times Magazine; a comedy writer for Bob Newhart; an interviewer for The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson; and the author of ten novels published in many languages. A number of his books have been sold to Hollywood, about which nothing more need be said.
What do politics, the CIA, journalism, comedy writing, fiction, and Hollywood have to do with each other? Think about it.
In addition to running Urgent Agenda, William Katz actively blogs at Power Line. He’s a graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
He is married, with two daughters, neither of whom agrees with him.
Walid Shoebat told Chad Groening that he and others like him were not being invited on Fox News anymore. See “Islamophobes unwelcome at Fox News” OneNewsNow.com, 2/17/10.
I hope FOX doesn’t go too far Muslim and put their women in burkas.
I posted this on another thread on this subject. Walid Shoebat has said that he, Brigitte Gabriel and Robert Spencer are no longer receiving invitations to appear on Fox News. Of Course, they are critics of Islam, but did appear on Fox fairly often in the past.
I haven’t watched Fox enough recently to know if they still appear periodically or not (also, Steve Emerson). But if Fox is getting pressure from Arab shareholders or the Murdoch son, then some suppression of criticism of Islam would be a logical and easy place to start. The Muslims definitely do not like to hear criticism, and are very active in trying to suppress it and label any critics as Islamophobes.
That will be something to watch, and probably one of the first indicators if there are attempts to suppress the free reporting on Fox.
I've noticed that too: in particular the reporting on Obamacare takes essential elements of the Dem spin as part of the "framing" or "background info, taken for granted" of the story.
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Their Middle East HQ was in Hong Kong?!?
It could also be that the US Government may try to either buy out FOXnews or force it to become like MSNBC, or face massive fines or shutdowns ala Hugo Chavez.
“Charles Krauthammer articulates conservative views better than everybody else.”
Until last week when he jumped on the “Wilders is a fascist, I just love “moderate muslims! - Please don’t kill me / can I keep my job?” bandwagon with Beck and Kristol.
And while I agree with Presidio9 that “The Murdochs are in the business of making money. The last thing their going to do is mess with their ginormous ratings.”
I think the point the author may making is the son may think 300 million arabs pays him better than 151 million Americans...
PS - Amy Kellogg (like many mideast “regulars” on Fox) has been on and off her knees to the jihadists at least since March 2003 when:
“Eight Jewish CHILDREN and 8 Jewish adults are being buried from yesterday’s INTENTIONAL ATTACK ON A BUS, and Amy Kellogg is crying crocodile tears because some arabs were ACCIDENTALLY killed while Israel was catching Arab terrorists and destroying Arab bomb and missile factories”
Hopefully, Roger Ailes will school young Murdoch, and show him that gaining millions of new viewers who would kill you / nationalize your business while losing advertising share here in the U.S. is a short losers game, and not worth losing his head over.
“As you point out, how much longer will we have FOX?”
I di not trust Murdoch or the Saudis but I think Roger Ailes is probably a good guy. He is making a TON of money for Murdoch. Cavuto did a great job launching Fox Busines News too.
I think Bret Baier is also an honest and decent guy.
Shep Smith, O’Reilly and now Beck? Not so much.
Sean Hannity is a decent guy but he has too many RINOs and Dems on his shows. I trust Dick Morris more than I trust Newt or McCain. Strike that - I Do NOT trust stinking RINOs Newt (I will FU NY-23 for Repubs) Gingrich and Juan McCain.
“face massive fines or shutdowns ala Hugo Chavez.”
I don’t think the Venezuelan civilians are that well armed.
Agreed. Andrew Brietbart is a good guy. I heard him on Savage the other night. I think he was a guest host fill in. Andrew, James and Hannah helped to just about bring down ACORN.
The quality of writing on his sites is very good like Big Hollywood.
Who needs TV news anymore. Haven’t watched any since the election. Thankfully we have the internet. Free Republic, Weasel Zippers, The Jawa Report, Atlas Shrugs, Twitter, AOSHQ, Drudge, Jim Treacher, Consertives 4 Palin...
Here's the link:
Islamophobes' unwelcome at Fox News
butterdezillion: Thanks for the ping!
The one thought I'll add is that it is not simply that the Muslims wish to censor anti-Islamic talk in the media -- the larger plan is, by every means available, to engage in a "cultural jihad" to convert as many Westerners as possible, and to insinuate shari'a law within the the Western nations.
They have an End-Time prophecy in the Hadith that "In the Last Days, the sun will rise in the West." They interpret that as meaning that there will be a rising tide of Western conversions and cultural change, even apart from the use of violent jihad.
Do you really depend of FOX, cause I sure don’t. They have Shep, O’Reilly, and Geraldo.
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