(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Fox News Pres. Roger Ailes called it a “course correction” a few months ago.

But the latest from Politico suggests the “fair and balanced” network is taking a left turn, and its viewers are taking notice.


“The grumblers were picking up on a strategy that has been under way for some time … with the network distancing itself from the tea party cheerleading...”

Consider a few recent developments.

Earlier this month — the cable news network hired Sally Kohn as a contributor. Kohn is an openly gay liberal activist whose hire didn’t sit well with some loyal Fox viewers.

Conservative media watchdog Accuracy in Media took issue, saying...

“The selection of Kohn raises disturbing questions about the direction of Fox News in a critical election year.”


Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz spoke with Ailes in September and reported...

“The left has long branded Fox a propaganda arm... Privately, Fox executives say ... as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, [the network] is edging back toward the mainstream.”

And according to that Politico report — it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Some observers were surprised at the way prime time Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly defended Ellen DeGeneres, who is openly gay and sparked controversy when JC Penney chose to hire her as the store’s spokesperson.

“A conservative group in this country is asking a private company to fire an American citizen based upon her lifestyle. … That’s wrong.”

A blogger for RedState wrote, “Something is happening at Fox News. More often these days I hear the language of the Left entering their news programs.”

But the blog What We Should Know says — this isn’t news. This is business.

“... no business, not even FOX, decides it’s ok to make less money. So move along folks, there is no conspiracy to uncover here. It’s just capitalism at work.”

And if a “course correction” is in the works, fear that conservative viewers are looking elsewhere isn’t reflected in the last week’s worth of ratings.

According to TV Newser data, Fox has been beating out every other cable news network in almost every prime time slot. The only major exception in recent days being CNN’s coverage of singer Whitney Houston’s death — which for most of Saturday evening almost tripled Fox News viewership.
 

'Course Correction' Underway at Fox News?

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Feb 14, 2012

'Course Correction' Underway at Fox News?

 

(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Fox News Pres. Roger Ailes called it a “course correction” a few months ago.

But the latest from Politico suggests the “fair and balanced” network is taking a left turn, and its viewers are taking notice.


“The grumblers were picking up on a strategy that has been under way for some time … with the network distancing itself from the tea party cheerleading...”

Consider a few recent developments.

Earlier this month — the cable news network hired Sally Kohn as a contributor. Kohn is an openly gay liberal activist whose hire didn’t sit well with some loyal Fox viewers.

Conservative media watchdog Accuracy in Media took issue, saying...

“The selection of Kohn raises disturbing questions about the direction of Fox News in a critical election year.”


Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz spoke with Ailes in September and reported...

“The left has long branded Fox a propaganda arm... Privately, Fox executives say ... as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, [the network] is edging back toward the mainstream.”

And according to that Politico report — it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Some observers were surprised at the way prime time Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly defended Ellen DeGeneres, who is openly gay and sparked controversy when JC Penney chose to hire her as the store’s spokesperson.

“A conservative group in this country is asking a private company to fire an American citizen based upon her lifestyle. … That’s wrong.”

A blogger for RedState wrote, “Something is happening at Fox News. More often these days I hear the language of the Left entering their news programs.”

But the blog What We Should Know says — this isn’t news. This is business.

“... no business, not even FOX, decides it’s ok to make less money. So move along folks, there is no conspiracy to uncover here. It’s just capitalism at work.”

And if a “course correction” is in the works, fear that conservative viewers are looking elsewhere isn’t reflected in the last week’s worth of ratings.

According to TV Newser data, Fox has been beating out every other cable news network in almost every prime time slot. The only major exception in recent days being CNN’s coverage of singer Whitney Houston’s death — which for most of Saturday evening almost tripled Fox News viewership.
 

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