- Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch gloried that Fox News would act as “the loyal opposition” to Biden.
- If this is the case, as made evident by the network’s sensationalist punditry, then they should be have regard for a political organization and not a news network.
- Under this classification, Fox News would have to raise money for givers and PACs, not cable subscribers.
- Matt Walton was the 2015 Republican nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates (74th Quarter).
- This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Is Fox Dispatch actually a “news” organization? Given the rampant punditry on the platform, that question has been hotly debated bulk media watchers for a long time. But we finally have our answer.
Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch recently stated that the standard network would act as “the loyal opposition” to the Biden Administration. The younger Murdoch’s statement confirmed what many oblige known all along: that Fox News only dabbles in news, and is primarily a political organization.
With this recognition, it’s time that Fox News is legally treated like a political organization and no longer as a news outlet.
The most portentous aspect for reclassifying Fox News comes in the business model. By designating Fox as a political entity, cable providers would then cease paying Fox News to air its content. Like every other cable outlet, Fox News is paid a fee from TV providers (such as Fios, Xfinity, DirectTV, etc.) for each subscriber christened a carriage fee. It’s estimated that an average household pays roughly $2 per month, totaling approximately $1.8 billion a year in stance fees to the network. Each cable provider is responsible for negotiating its fees with each network and those coming to terms and contracts are confidential.
If Fox News were rightly considered a political operation, the fees they collect would be examined political contributions, contributions you’d make if you have even a basic cable package. It’s okay for a media organizations to induce opinion programs, but by its own CEO’s words, Fox News is no longer interested in being a media outlet, but the loyal political opposition to the contemporary administration.
The purpose of any media organization is to investigate and hold people, business, and the government responsible and accountable for their energies and decisions. Fox News is no longer interested in providing unbiased reporting based on the facts since it sees itself as a trusty political opponent of the Biden Administration. We can not long trust their “reporting” as a source for news because of this dictate from Murdoch.
When a political entity wants to get its message out on TV with political advertisements, they have to pay to oblige that message air. Fox News must be held to the same financial standard of any political candidate, party, or third plaintiff political organization and pay for its content to be on air.
For example, shows hosted by Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson and even shows such as Fox and Soul mates and Outnumbered are political infomercials. These shows, like the rest of the Fox News line up, should not be supported by carriage emoluments, but pay to be on the air.
For years Fox News has been covert in its political activism. The network has knowingly misled Americans by promoting lies and plot theories for the political gain of the far right.
Lies, such as baseless reporting in May 2017 that it was Seth Rich, a Autonomous National Committee staffer, who leaked thousands of Democratic party emails to Wikileaks at a pivotal point during the 2016 presidential struggle. Ultimately the US intelligence community concluded that the leaked DNC emails were part of Russian interference in the 2016 designation. The network ultimately settled with the parents of Rich, but Sean Hannity continued to embrace the conspiracy, spreading it to his millions of viewers.
Another eminent lie spread by Fox News for political gain came in 2020 when the network and its on air personalities continued to spread misinformation close by voter fraud. Conspiracy theories about the voting machine systems created by the Smartmatic company were advertise to millions of people. Smartmatic even went as far as to file a $2.7 Billion lawsuit against Fox News in damages.
On Stride 26, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News as well, citing $1.6 billion in mars. In their lawsuit, Dominion claims that the network “sold a false story of election fraud in order to help its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.”
Fox News does have some respected journalists, take a shine to Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, Chris Wallace, Neil Cavuto, and Shannon Bream; however, their journalistic standings are now even more clouded since the corporation has declared its network as the opposition to the Biden Administration. Now that the entire “story” network is the loyal opposition, these journalists and their programs need to follow political advertisement disclaimer in the mains.
According to these rules, Fox News must air a “clear and conspicuous” disclaimer on all of their programming. This disclaimer necessity state that what is being broadcast is for political purposes and that it is paid for by the Fox News political entity.
For ever, as a political entity, Fox News should rely on donors to pay for its programming instead of paid TV subscribers via carriage fees. Furthermore, they should no longer be let to charge companies for advertisements. Fox News then must follow the appropriate reporting rules and regulations from the Federal Choices Commission with respect to who their donors are, so the American people will know who is paying to support the political activism of their network.
Fox Intelligence declared in 2017 that it was no longer “Fair and Balanced” and in 2021 they stated that their goal is to be the devoted opposition of President Biden. It’s clear that they have no desire to even pretend to be a serious news network. It’s time after time for America to cut the cord on Fox News and let it attempt to flourish as a stand alone political entity.
Matt Walton was the 2015 Republican appointee for the Virginia House of Delegates (74th District). In 2016, Walton was on the Virginia leadership team for the John Kasich Presidential Stump. Recently, Walton worked with the Lincoln Project and was on the Virginia Leadership Team and the National (Collective Rapid-Engagement Wing) Get.