Fox exec finally goes on the record that his network is, in fact, anti-Biden
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Fox’s Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch has formerly acknowledged that it will be the job of his company’s right leaning commentary network to “serve as the opposition” to the Biden administration and its agenda.
Despite a long history of stonewalling progressive and democratic politics and ideals, the network has finally made it official by making its bias clear and on the record.
For years, the network used the tagline “Fair & Balanced” (stopping in 2014), all the while going out of the way of expressing its “unbiased” “reporting” in marketing campaigns despite numerous media watches and studies it was far from being so.
There is some strategy behind the announcement — with the network pointing to what it calls MSNBC’s “benefits” of stronger ratings during the Republican Trump administration — so it seems to suggest it’s just using that strategy in reverse.
In the months leading up the 2020 presidential election, Fox hosts spouted numerous lies and misleading facts about Trump’s accomplishment and numerous democratic candidates and figures.
It also tended to carry Trump’s rallies in full or part when most other networks started carrying them live early on after concerns over the number of lies uttered during them.
Fox’s rhetoric that continued in the months following Donald Trump’s dramatic loss (that he has continued to insist was “stolen” from him). It carried the now-infamous rally Jan. 6, 2021 that lead to the insurrection of the Capitol.
Numerous Fox personalities have peddled conspiracy theories about voting machines “throwing” votes to Joe Biden in swing states, including against technology company Smartmatic, which only had its machines used in solidly blue Los Angeles County.
After repeated false and misleading comments, Smartmatic had enough and filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox and others over these claims.
That same day, the network dumped longtime host Lou Dobbs, who had been behind many of the election fraud conspiracy theories.
Fox also has been a leading outlet for those opposed to coronavirus mask mandates and shutdowns to spout their opinions and spread scientifically inaccurate comments about the pandemic and treatments, including mistruths about vaccines.
It also heavily echoed Trump’s mockery of mask wearing, a move that many health officials, including those in Trump’s own administration, heralded as some of the best defenses against the spread of the illness.
Since the days of “Fair & Balanced” and “We Report. You Decide.” Fox has focused more of its branding efforts on touting itself as a “trusted” source but also uses the tagline “Standing up for what’s right” during much of its opinion programming.
Many Fox personalities, including Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, meanwhile, have had reportedly uncomfortably close relationships with Trump and his advisers, including even appearing on stage during campaign rallies.
Meanwhile, the network has stocked itself with many of the slew of former Trump administration officials who left during his four years in office, including former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has been accused of uttering lies and misleading statements in the press room.
Fox launched in 2016, created by conservative media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes. It became aligned early on with conservative views and continues to allow its hosts and commentators make sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic and other offensive remarks on air.