What do Fox News and the Republican Party have in common? A better question might actually be: What don’t Fox News and the Republican Party have in common? It has truly earned the nicknames of Faux News and GOP-TV. The biased news network, which styles its self as “Fair and Balanced,” has always been accused of putting a conservative spin on the issues.
However, since the election of Barack Obama, they have abandoned all attempts at remaining impartial and established themselves as the mouthpiece of the conservative movement. For those who truly believe that Fox operates on a “We Report, You Decide” philosophy, let’s take a look at the network from the top down. Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation (Fox’s parent company) also runs the New York Post and The Weekly Standard, a neo-conservative opinion magazine. Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, was a media and image consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
In his memoir, “What Happened,” former White House Press Secretary, for President Bush, Scott McClellan revealed that the Bush White House routinely sent talking points to Fox News commentators. The hosts perhaps do the worst job of hiding the network’s bias. Glenn Beck, the frothing hysteric that hosts one of the most popular shows on the network, has called Obama a communist, socialist, facist, and racist. He
routinely pitches doomsday scenarios and is a shining example of the kind of maniacs the network allows to report the news. Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and a candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, now hosts a prime-time show on the network.
Bill O’Reilly of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the most-watched cable news show in the USA, also exerts little effort to hide his conservative leanings. Fox News attempted to balance their network by introducing the show “Hannity and Colmes,” which was billed as a “left-right debate program.” In reality, Sean Hannity, a highly opinionated member of the far right, and Alan Colmes, a timid moderate, hosted the show. Now that Colmes has left the program, it has been renamed “Hannity” and abandoned all efforts to appear neutral.
Since the beginning of the health care debate, Fox News has made it no secret that they were in extreme opposition to the bill. The network has spread misinformation about the bill since the beginning. In his interview with President Obama regarding health care last week, Bret Baier repeatedly cut off and interrupted the president.
A FNC producer was caught on camera rallying a crowd of Tea Party protestors. In November 2009, Hannity reported on a health care protest led by Representative Michele Bachman and showed video footage from a protest that had occurred two months prior, and claimed that as many as 45,000 people were in attendance. The Capitol Police estimated that the crowd was a whopping 3,500.
Currently, the Fox website’s opinion page has 10 articles related to health care. Guess how many are in opposition to the bill? Nine. These are just a few examples as to how the network has become the mouthpiece of the Republican Party and the anti-health care movement. Fox News: If you want to keep your slogan “Fair and Balanced,” start providing unbiased information.