Fox News CEO Admits That The Network Is Not In The News Business

Objective viewers have long ago concluded that Fox News is not, and never has been, a legitimate news network. They began as a project by right-wing propagandist Rupert Murdoch and Republican media strategist Roger Ailes to spread disinformation and promote GOP politicians. And for the past 17 years they have carried out that mission with a roster of rabidly partisan hosts broadcasting provable lies.

Now, with the publication of the “Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015,” Roger Ailes, the Fox News chairman and CEO, has confessed that his network, despite its name, is not actually in the news business. Belittling his cable news competitors CNN and MSNBC, he gave the Reporter a statement revealing his true professional aspirations:

“In fact, Ailes, 74, no longer views those networks as rivals. ‘We’re competing with TNT and USA and ESPN,’ he says.”

So according to Ailes, he regards channels that are plainly entertainment and sports as his competition, not other news outlets. That is not really all that surprising if you have examined the Fox programming model with any depth. News Corpse has previously analyzed how Fox incorporates methods that are generally reserved for entertainment programs. As recently as last month we published a description of the hyper-dramatization Fox injects into their presentation:

“Fox News has redefined television journalism by fundamentally transforming it from an information medium to an entertainment medium. They dress up their pseudo-news segments in the same melodramatic packaging that entertainment outlets use: conflict, scandal, mystery, and hyper-charged emotions including hero worship and fear. Fox employs flashy graphics and attention-grabbing audio whooshes and gongs to decorate their reports that are presented as ‘ALERTS’ regardless of the news value. And always there is sex. Fox’s roster of hosts has more former beauty pageant contestants that journalists. And they aren’t shy about putting their ‘talent’ in revealing clothes and camera angles. In fact, Fox CEO Roger Ailes demands it. As for news, Fox’s concentration on tabloid thrill-fiction like Benghazi and Obama’s birth certificate is the news equivalent of porn.”

Ironically, Fox News was labeled as an entertainment channel way back in 2007 by TV Guide, a magazine that was owned at the time by Rupert Murdoch. There was a reason that Murdoch might have deliberately categorized his own “news” channel as entertainment. It mainly centers around the fact that entertainment programming always outperforms news programming.

TV Guide Fox News

Note that according to the legend on the top right of the page, the purple highlighting designates a program as “news”. Then, scanning down to the listings, you will see that TV Guide does not consider The O’Reilly Factor to be a news program. However, glancing down a little further reveals that TV Guide does view Keith Olbermann’s Countdown as news. [More on this here]

Also of note in Ailes’ statement to the Hollywood Reporter is his appreciation for a certain program on MSNBC:

“I flip to MSNBC occasionally to make sure their blind pig didn’t find an acorn. But they never have once. I tell you who I do like at MSNBC — I like Joe and Mika.”

Setting aside his childish insults, the fact that Ailes likes Morning Joe is reason enough to cancel the program. After all, Ailes also likes pathological liar Bill O’Reilly, bombastic librul-hater Sean Hannity, rightist tool Neil Cavuto, news floozy Megyn Kelly, clown boy Steve Doocy, and I don’t even have sufficient adjectives for Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. If I were Joe Scarborough I’d be thinking “With friends like Ailes, who needs enemas?”

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18 thoughts on “Fox News CEO Admits That The Network Is Not In The News Business

  1. “News floozy” alone was worth the price of admission, Mark. Though I’m not nearly as facile with the descriptors as you, how about “self-idolizer Trump” and “professional grifter Palin”?

    • “News floozy” illustrates misogynistic hate from Mark.

      • No it doesn’t. She does what she does; she gets what she gets.

  2. Didn’t Fox, long ago, defend themselves in a liable suit by stating that they were an entertainment outlet, not a news network?

      • But don’t tell Scott; he doesn’t mind being uninformed and proving it in public.

    • The only one I remember is that Fox defended their actions saying that there was no law, rule or regulation against lying, and they were right – there isn’t. The FCC needs to update its rules! However, I believe Fox moved their ‘news’ channel to ‘entertainment’ to protect them from future lawsuits.

  3. Objective people figured out a long time ago that Mark does nothing but lie. Fox News is absolutely a legitimate news operation.

    • Bullshit. Objective people don’t say or believe that. But don’t read the article or believe anything Ailes says about his own company, Scott.

    • Do us a favor: when you get back from Dizzyland, let us know. “Fox News” not only isn’t a legitimate news organization, it has no desire to act as one. It exists for one reason and one reason only: to promote the cause of the Republican party above all others and to denigrate any other party. Even Jolly Roger Jabba the Hutt admits this. Well, sometimes…

      • Both of you are lying, and everybody knows it.

        • Then prove it. Deny the evidence Mark provides here (and every third page on this web blog 🙂 ) and what twenty-four hours of watching Fox News provides.

          “Keep your eyes glued to [Fox News] . . . I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.” Newton Minow, paraphrased to demonstrate the obvious.

      • You are absolutely right. Some people just can’t handle the truth.

    • Roger Ailes admitted it! AND, if you check with the FCC you will find out that they are registered as an entertainment channel.

  4. The quote that they use for Ailes is taken sooo far out of context. The competition is in terms of ad revenue sales. And they say that FOX sensationalises news…

    • And Fox does sensationalize news. Frequently. Your point?

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