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Anonymous asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 10 years ago

Why do people criticize fox news?

I always hear about Fox News, and how terrible they are. And biased? Why's that? Any evidence?

9 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Many of us likely hold the idea that media sources labeling themselves as news organizations are required to observe at least minimal standards to report the news objectively, fairly and truthfully.

    If the network labeled themselves as "FOX Opinion and Commentary" and scrapped the misleading "Fair and Balanced" shibboleth, they would likely be regarded a less unfavorably than is presently the case.

    In 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired to create a four-part series on the topic of bovine growth hormone. Their investigation uncovered risks associated with its use, contrary to the claims of its manufacturer, Monsanto. FOX executives pressured the reporters to use statements from Monsanto that were known to be false. When the reporters refused and threatened to report this matter to the FCC, they were both fired.

    During the initial trial, a jury found unanimously in favor of Ms. Akre. The Florida Court of Appeals then unanimously reversed the decision, unbelievably contending that news organizations are entitled to report deliberately false information.

    During the appeal, according to one article (source to follow), FOX contended the following:

    "...During their appeal, Fox asserted that there that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre's claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story; they simply maintained that it was their right to do so..."

    FOX reserves the right to lie to their viewers/listeners.

    The link to the preceding story:

    "Fair and Balanced"? According to this CBS News report in 2010, FOX's parent company donated $1 million to the Republican Governor's Association, hardly an action to be expected from an objective news organization. Not exactly fair and balanced.

    Media Matters has listed numerous concerns about FOX on the attached link. If you see any text in blue lettering that interests you, you can left click on it to be taken to the underlying article, along with sources.

    Although the following article is definitely anti-FOX, ask yourself if any of the proganda techniques described in this article define their methods:

    The FOX approach its likely to resonate with a loud, vocal, fervent minority who will watch no other source. They are reassured that if others attack FOX, it is because they are the only source of the real truth, and by implication, their viewers become part of an exclusive "club" possessing this "knowledge." A significant number of these viewers adopt an exclusive allegiance to this network that mimics religious zealotry.

    Anthony Weiner of New York was driven out of office for actions which were distasteful and ill-advised, which would be labeled by most as immoral. But was it illegal? No.

    A couple of years ago, Senator David Vitter was named by the DC Madame as one of the johns that her prostitutes served. Prostitutes in Louisiana reported that Sen. Vitter was a regular customer of theirs as well. He appeared with his wife in a news conference, apologizing for his actions, but declined to be more specific. What he did was illegal in both Washington, D.C. and Louisiana. It could be argued that his actions were immoral as well, since he was married at the time. He famously said a number of years ago that Bill Clinton should resign for his actions in office.

    Some lesser known news organizations decried this double standard. One can be absolutely certain that FOX was not one of them. The following link will take you to an article describing a conservative Christian group's call for Vitter to resign in the wake of Weiner's resignation. The link:

    A much stricter standard is applied to Democrats than Republicans by our now right-wing media.

    Most of the major networks consistently trumpet the conservative line. FOX merely does this in a far more extreme manner.

    Although there is a certain segment of the population who don't mind being lied to if what they are hearing reinforces their pre-existing beliefs, there are many who prefer the truth, even if it is not always pleasant.

    This writer would prefer to avoid any organization that explicitly reserves the right to lie to its viewers/listeners. There are obviously millions (i.e., FOX fans) who believe otherwise.

    This writer would submit that the preceding at least touches upon the concerns of those who criticize FOX.

    Source(s): See above
  • 10 years ago

    FOX is biased to the right just like MSNBC is biased to the left. Neither one even tries to hide it anymore. CNN seems to be center/left. All three spin propaganda & commentary when reporting events.

  • 10 years ago

    Well if you always hear about it in a negative way then you are reading or listening mostly to people who are liberals or democrats. The staunch republicans love Fox news.

  • 10 years ago

    Every news channel is biased. Fox is a more conservative or republican network as opposed to NBC or CNN which is more liberal and democrat oriented. Seeing as though a large majority of the United States is liberal and most of the media is liberal with the exception of Fox, those networks tend to slander Fox. After watching Fox I can tell you that it a good news channel that does tell you stories about liberals that liberals won't air on their stations however it is obviously supporting Republicans as other networks support democrats. I don't have a problem with that but if you are a liberal then perhaps you won't like Fox

  • faizah
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    Rupert Murdock owns Fox and he hates Liberals.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    They lie. Deliberately. Consciously. They aren't just "biased" like everything is "biased" since it has a slant or point of view, they DELIBERATELY MISINFORM VIEWERS FOR POLITICAL REASONS. Google for the evidence, tons of documentaries and websites document it.

  • 10 years ago

    GOOD question, even my mom hates it, but of course my mom criticizes EVERYTHING. I think a lot of people think they're biased, but I don't see it

  • 10 years ago

    Most the others are biased too though.

  • 10 years ago

    Murdoch lies, OK!

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