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Is Fox News going centrist for 2012?
The Morning Call ^ | 11-5-11 | Lucas Shaw Reuters

Posted on 12/05/2011 8:38:52 PM PST by Mozilla

Consider another media critic convinced.

Gabriel Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine who has spent many a word on Fox News, wrote a post for the magazine's Daily Intel blog Monday suggesting Fox has adopted a "new strategy" for 2012.

"Fox is trying to credibly capture the center without alienating its loyal core of rabid viewers. To this end, the network is flexing its news-gathering muscles in high-profile ways that will capture media attention," Sherman wrote.

Sherman is not the first media critic to make this claim. Howard Kurtz did so back in September after talking with network chairman Roger Ailes, and observing a Fox News debate in Orlando.

Kurtz wrote that Ailes has a series of anchors and correspondents -- like Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly -- who would fit in at any news network with their credentials and willingness to ask tough questions.

Sherman too sees the news side of Fox adopting a more pugnacious approach with the GOP candidates. While the prime time hosts continue to operate in their own universe, Baier conducted a widely praised interview with Mitt Romney, Wallace has peppered Michele Bachmann and the entire field was subject to a roaming New York Times reporter at Saturday's "candidates forum."

Like Kurtz, Sherman remains skeptical, particularly since he does not see this shift as a case of old-fashioned media objectivity. It's just another way of benefiting

Fox.

"2012 is shaping up to be the year that Ailes decided Fox will benefit if the political world recognizes that his network is willing to make GOP candidates sweat in front of their base. Like any good candidate, the network plans to tack toward the center for the general election," he wrote.

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1 posted on 12/05/2011 8:39:04 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

When were they ever conservative in the first place?


2 posted on 12/05/2011 8:41:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Mozilla

Fox aliented me a long time ago.


3 posted on 12/05/2011 8:41:32 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Mozilla

Megyn Kelly is really cranky lately. I wonder why she seems so unhappy.


4 posted on 12/05/2011 8:42:02 PM PST by Palladin (Santorum/Bachmann 2012.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


5 posted on 12/05/2011 8:43:20 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, they’re perpetually “conservative” and/or “right-wing” to the liberals. If they’re good for anything, they’re good for getting the libs’ blood pressure up.


6 posted on 12/05/2011 8:44:19 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To be neoconservative is close enough to being “right-wing” for the media.


7 posted on 12/05/2011 8:45:18 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: Mozilla

“Is Fox News going centrist for 2012?”

DUH....

Soros won that battle...
Fox has been marginalized as a credible news source in America, and the Murdoch’s are under threat of indictment.

Soros said he’d “Get them” if they didn’t stop covering him. Have you heard a PEEP about Soros in the last few months on Fox?


8 posted on 12/05/2011 8:51:32 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Mozilla

What Saudi Prince Alwaleed wants, Fox does.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 8:52:43 PM PST by VicVega (LSU is with out a doubt the #1 team in the nation. GEAUX TIGERS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well Since Glenn Beck left and since Rove’s attack on Christine O’Donnell there has been a influx of rinos on the channel. I think it depends on the show and format and topic and day. But I am more conservative than most on the channel, I can say that for sure. So I see Fox News moving a bit to the center or more rino.

It depends... the economy guy from FBN who is on The Five is pretty out there. He challenges Dana Perino a lot. His name is Eric Bolling. He used to do happy Hour. Then there is a few guests on Hannity. But I get the fact that it has lost its edge.


10 posted on 12/05/2011 8:53:08 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Mozilla; STARWISE

At first, it was enough to not be left-wing, but now Faux has too many libtards appearing, all of whom are predictably boring, spiteful and repetitious.

I refuse to watch Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel and that one ugly racist STAR first spotted.

I beg you, dearest STAR, do not post a pic of her to me!!!
11 posted on 12/05/2011 8:53:42 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Mozilla

The market is wide open for a network that would be unabashedly after the truth (conservative) and just screw the “fair and balanced” thing. Truth is rarely fair and never balanced. It is truth, period.


12 posted on 12/05/2011 8:55:20 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: Mozilla
"2012 is shaping up to be the year that Ailes decided Fox will benefit if the political world recognizes that his network is willing to make GOP candidates sweat in front of their base. Like any good candidate, the network plans to tack toward the center for the general election," he wrote.

Which is pure B/S. FOX News is officially in the tank for their establishment RINO (Romney) and is totally opposed to any conservative, especially tea party conservatives.

Karl Rove is particularly obnoxious.

13 posted on 12/05/2011 8:55:32 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Mozilla

Well, since the mid-terms last year, FoxNews has REALLY gotten in bed with Rove and the ‘establishment’ crowd... kicking the Tea Party to the curb, treating Palin like crap, dropping the border/illegals topic, and avoiding any ‘social’ conservative issues (like the NY gay-marriage dustup) like the plague.

I barely ever watch the channel anymore. No more than maybe an hour’s worth of programming in an entire month. I used to have it on all the time, practically like a default position on my tv-set, going back to its debut in ‘96. This year they totally lost me.


14 posted on 12/05/2011 8:56:36 PM PST by greene66
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To: Palladin

Megyn Kelly is really cranky lately. I wonder why she seems so unhappy.


She might not like the leftward move the network is making.


15 posted on 12/05/2011 8:59:36 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Mozilla
"Fox is trying to credibly capture the center without alienating its loyal core of rabid viewers. To this end, the network is flexing its news-gathering muscles in high-profile ways that will capture media attention," Sherman wrote...a slimy way of trying to undermine Fox's credibility with the peudo-intelligensia - if they're going moderate now it implies they've been something else, and everybody knows that's been conservative, and therefore biased and untrustworthy heretofore - buy that they're changing and you unthinkingly accept that they need to change - besides, I don't like being called "rabid".....
16 posted on 12/05/2011 9:00:32 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Mozilla

We used to watch Neil Cavuto before we quit satellite feeds. Fox News has become as toxic as the rest of the propaganda venues.


17 posted on 12/05/2011 9:01:29 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Mozilla

FOX for the most part has lost me.
Megyn kelly attacking the shrink because she said it was harmful for kids to see chaz bono and then she outs on her homosexuals pals.
He has never been on as far as I know since
OR big mouth and know it all
Hannity is a phony as he never will talk about conservative social issues and would not take any vets call over don’t ask.
He is such a phony and yet takes money from those who think he is a conservative.
Geraldo, shep smith and then they put on the show called the five, OH PLEASE.
Perino, Tantatos who will not stand against her pal Beckel with conviction, and the idiot who think he is funny.
Only Bolling gives a decent view but gets shouted down all the time .

FOX is a joke even in the morning with kilmeade the establishment and what a immature pansy he is.


18 posted on 12/05/2011 9:04:08 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Mozilla

This is why FOX pompous is in full anxiety against our candidates FINALLY taking their debates outside of the mainstream hands to friendly venues. Rush was red hot on this subject today and he is absolutely right. We have been painfully aware that only Republican candidates are subjected to the pugnacious pundit debate scenarios run by those who want us to lose. This includes FOX debates, who try to curry favor with their competition to be seen treating our field like chopped liver. Enough!


19 posted on 12/05/2011 9:04:20 PM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: onyx

You mean shamu?

Every time I see her with that sadfaced grin, I want to jump through the screen and punch it to the back of her head. YEARS now.

And now that fox has hired on john podesta, there is nowhere left to go.


20 posted on 12/05/2011 9:04:28 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: tcrlaf

The only halfway decent show on Fox is on Fox Business and it is Freedom Watch, everything else is turning to suck.


21 posted on 12/05/2011 9:08:16 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Palladin

Ever see her attack the Do the shrink over what he wrote on Chaz Bono?
It was one of the most disgusting attacks I have seen .
She then brings on her pals the homo women who makes stupid faces all the time, the bloggers who are nothing.

Since she got her show she has had the power go to her head and her cross dressing homosexual views are not the norm even if she thinks her Manhattan cocktail party pals are.

She has become cranky and I can’t stand her now and neevr watch her.


22 posted on 12/05/2011 9:08:33 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes. Karl Rove is the worst. I can’t stand him. Yet he is only nearly all the show so I turn it off I dump into him.


23 posted on 12/05/2011 9:10:59 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: manc

You know what I don’t see Keith Ablow much since Glenn Beck left. Ablow joined Fox Mews in 07 when he was discussing a book on Fox and Friends. Ablow used to get into arguments with Dr. Robi Ludwig who used to be his counterpoint. Now Ablow is rarely on. I didn’t see the show where Megyn got unhappy at him, but that might have been when he decided to be on less or left the channel.


24 posted on 12/05/2011 9:14:39 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: tcrlaf
“Is Fox News going centrist for 2012?”

DUH....

Soros won that battle...
Fox has been marginalized as a credible news source in America, and the Murdoch’s are under threat of indictment.

Soros said he’d “Get them” if they didn’t stop covering him. Have you heard a PEEP about Soros in the last few months on Fox?

Nonsense. Just gibber jabber. Don't hold your breath waiting for those indictments.

25 posted on 12/05/2011 9:16:41 PM PST by fantom (,)
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To: Mozilla

I have a recommendation for all of you: DO NOT WATCH TV, as it drains the human spirit. It renders us passive. When we read a book or the internet, we are in control. As soon as the subject wanes in our interest, we move on. But TV takes us where IT wants to go: it numbs us.


26 posted on 12/05/2011 9:17:19 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Mozilla

The Morning Call? Bleh. It is a left wing rag that is now 70% ads in their 4 page paper. No matter what they report, it is wrong. No matter what.


27 posted on 12/05/2011 9:18:19 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: manc

GBy the way...Glenn beck wrote a Book with Dr. Ablow. They seemed to have hit it off since beck started in 2009. because over the next 2 and a half years Keith Albow was on Beck’s show a lot. But Beck quit talking with Michele Malkin after a spat on air on his radio show. Following that beck rarely had political analysts, bloggers and others like that on his TV show.


28 posted on 12/05/2011 9:20:11 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: manc

Megyn Kelly is Fox News’ Nancy Grace.


29 posted on 12/05/2011 9:21:10 PM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: MestaMachine

Yes, Jemian something!

Faux has so many in the tank anti-TEA Party, anti-Conservative peeps that I watch Fox Business Channel and usually only Hannity, Greta (if I like her guest) and Neil Cavuto.

I also watch Bret Baier for the news, but I’m mad by the time his panel of snobs ends his program!

Greta’s guest tonight was that anti-Conservative, anti-TEA Party, Karl Rove, so I immediately changed the channel.


30 posted on 12/05/2011 9:22:02 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“The market is wide open for a network that would be unabashedly after the truth (conservative) and just screw the “fair and balanced” thing.”

If you believe that to be true, you should start your own news network.


31 posted on 12/05/2011 9:22:35 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: onyx

jehmu greene


32 posted on 12/05/2011 9:29:09 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Mozilla

Always have been with the center left.


33 posted on 12/05/2011 9:31:18 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Mozilla

I can’t watch it anymore. Used to like watching Beck, Stossel and the Judge. Beck is gone, rarely have Stossel on and the Judge is a 24-7 Ron Paul commercial.


34 posted on 12/05/2011 9:31:20 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fox only seems conservative in comparison the the MSM. To me Fox is left of center.


35 posted on 12/05/2011 9:32:22 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: MestaMachine

Yeah. What a hateful, unbearable female.


36 posted on 12/05/2011 9:33:53 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Mozilla

I have turned off ALL tv news, including FOX. I haven’t willingly watched a news broadcast since 9/11/2001. I don’t read newspapers, “newsmagazines,” or any talk shows. My newspaper is FR. If it’s not on FR, I don’t read it.


37 posted on 12/05/2011 9:37:12 PM PST by redhead ("Mongo merely pawn in game of life...")
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To: unkus

She has hinted more than once that she is “liberal on some things”.


38 posted on 12/05/2011 9:40:26 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Mozilla

Fox has become CNN. CNN has become MSNBC. MSNBC has become Linda Blair. ABC, CBS, NBC have become Opra.

They used to have news casters in Biblical times. They called them “false prophets” and were supposed to take them out to the city gates and stone them to death.


39 posted on 12/05/2011 9:41:13 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: Mozilla

I have turned off ALL tv news, including FOX. I haven’t willingly watched a news broadcast since 9/11/2001. I don’t read newspapers, “newsmagazines,” or any talk shows. My newspaper is FR. If it’s not on FR, I don’t read it.


40 posted on 12/05/2011 9:43:05 PM PST by redhead ("Mongo merely pawn in game of life...")
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To: Lazlo in PA

You are attacking the messenger. Do you disagree with the assessment that FNC is moving to the center?


41 posted on 12/05/2011 9:46:49 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Mozilla

I used to watch Fox News a lot. Their drift toward the left has made me reach for the off button on the remote. Their ratings are down from last year, and I’d guess that their ratings will decline until they wake up or go out of business.


42 posted on 12/05/2011 9:52:59 PM PST by Essie
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To: bwc2221

I never thought FOX News was on the Right like many claim. They have few real Conservatives there. Most are Republican beltway types. I always got the impression that they were middle of the road to begin with which is better than the alternative outlets. I don’t even think FOX says they are the Right wing news source. They just look that way next to PMSLSD and CNN who are outright Marxist.

Anyhow, I would like to end this post by shooting the messenger again just for fun. The Morning Call is my hometown paper. It a lib rag full of Commie Pinkos and nitwits writing for them. They are garbage of the first order. Screw the Morning Call.


43 posted on 12/05/2011 9:58:43 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Mozilla

More Karl Rove!! More Karl Rove!! /s


44 posted on 12/05/2011 9:59:24 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Mozilla

Nope. Fox is going liberal for the 2012 election.


45 posted on 12/05/2011 9:59:47 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Essie
I've mostly stopped watching Fox altogether. At the time I stopped watching, the only shows that I found to be worth watching were Red Eye and, oddly enough, Greta Van Sustern's show. The market is wide open for a right-leaning network - any takers?
46 posted on 12/05/2011 10:01:05 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: Mozilla

BOR with Bachmann tonight..........pathetic.


47 posted on 12/05/2011 10:03:11 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Mozilla

this would be incredibly stupid for Fox. They have already been labeled a right wing news outlet by the left...so the left isn’t going to watch it. Moving further to the left is only going to continue to turn off conservatives. All they are going to be left with is those idiotic mouth-breathers that Frank Luntz always surrounds himself with....


48 posted on 12/05/2011 10:08:35 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Mozilla

The problem with Fox is that the gene pool has become contaminated. It started in part when they brought in Geraldo Rivera. OMG! I could not believe it, he was pictured in Iraq drawing sand pictures showing the troop locations. Since then, they have hired several journalists from CNN, NBC, etc. i.e., John Roberts. I understand they are now going to bring in the failed governor Mark Sanford of No. Carolina. Where do we go but Free Republic.


49 posted on 12/05/2011 10:10:38 PM PST by After Hours (Life is tough, but it is tougher when you are stupid: John Wayne)
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To: Mozilla

I could care less if Fox fell off the side the earth. They inspire no loyalty because they play everyone. Just as bad as the MSM who are absolutely corrupt.


50 posted on 12/05/2011 10:10:55 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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