BEST OF THE NEW MEDIA
by Techniguy | Dec. 16, 2006
 
Fox News has always been considered a conservative news network but remember their motto is "Fair and Balanced".  What that means is that Fox presents more of the conservative view than the other networks do, along with the views of the Left which dominate the other networks.  Perhaps it is only our perception that Fox News is conservative because they present the conservative view as well as the liberal which most media news doesn't.  We see that and therefore conclude that Fox is a conservative news network when all it is trying to do is to be "fair and balanced". 
 
Program hosts on Fox are usually considered more conservative than those we see on other networks which is a refreshing change, but the hosts are not the only persons who provide the news stories.  They have their writers and producers, many of whom are more of the Left persuasion.  Program hosts are not at liberty to pick and choose what stories they broadcast, that is dictated by the management and producers. 
 
Many viewers seem to be noticing a change in Fox News and an apparent shift to the Left.  The shifts in Fox have not been sudden, they've been developing over the past couple of years.  There is no one thing responsible for it, it's really a combination of several factors.  Much of it has to do with the political climate of the country and international politics.  Remember, Fox News is a subsidiary of News Corp. which is an international corporation created by Rupert Murdoch of Australia who relocated to the USA some 30 years ago. 
 
Murdoch is basically a natural conservative but is more interested in his business interests than he is in his political interests.  He will support whoever is in power and go with the political climate of the country.  If he thinks Hillary might become the next president, for example, he will support her.  Anyway, he has for several years had a friendly relationship with the Clintons ever since Bill Clinton insisted on meeting with Murdoch and doing everything he could to get on his good side, it worked.  The Clintons need Murdoch more than he needs them and they have been doing everything they can to buddy up to him for obvious reasons.  To Murdoch, it's just good for business.
 
Murdoch is a political independent and will support the party or candidate that will most benefit his business.  Understand that Murdoch is above domestic politics in his international interests.  He could probably care less which political party is in power in America, it won't have much effect on him or his corporation.  What concerns him more is having his friends in power and the Clintons are now his friends.  Granted, he should choose his friends more carefully.
 
The media likes amateur politician, Barack Mohammed Obama, and has been giving him lots of attention and promotions.  It's understandable that they never mention his Arab Islamic roots and he, so far, hasn't asked to be sworn into office on the Koran.  What ever the mainstream media covers, Fox feels an obligation to cover as well, for some unknown reason, but when ever they cover the "media created" Obama story, they always give equal time to "Hellary" Clinton.  Murdoch has even been giving fundraiser dinners for Clinton and her campaigns.  Things could change, but for now, Clinton is Murdoch's choice for 2008.  Needless to say, Fox News is loosing viewers from much of their programming.
 
Murdoch's News Corporation is also not without it's liberal influences and Murdoch himself seems vulnerable to their views and ideas.  Peter Chernin is President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of the Fox Group.  As one news media profile put it, "he is as famously liberal as his boss (Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation) is conservative."  Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, is becoming more active in the business and he is also a far left liberal.  What it comes down to is that Rupert Murdoch is easily swayed by those nearest to him and many of those who have close access to him are liberals. 
 
For example, In trying to explain his backing for Harold Ford (D), Murdoch, at the October 20 News Corporation annual meeting stated that "one of our senior executives at Fox is a friend of would-be Senator Ford and brought him in and tried to convince me how conservative he was." It was apparently convincing enough because Murdoch and Chernin, a top Democratic Party fundraiser, both contributed to the Ford for Senate campaign. Both also made contributions to Senator Clinton's campaign. 
 
Murdoch, this year, donated $4200 to the Clinton campaign while the second highest recipient of Murdoch's political contributions was David Dreier (R-CA), but Ford got only $300 from him. Murdoch's New York Post newspaper endorsed Hillary for Senate over her conservative opponent John Spencer, not for her political views, but because of their friendship and business interests.  Murdoch himself is conservative but not exclusively nor committed to conservative causes.
 
Son, James Murdoch, a card carrying member of Al Gore's Global Warming Club, has also convinced his father to support the junk science of man-made global warming and thus we got Robert Kennedy Jr.'s global warming program on Fox News last year, and Murdoch has been contributing money to environmental groups.  He's a conservative on many things including support for the war in Iraq, reduction of government and taxes, but has succumbed to the liberal views on some other things because of the influence of those closest to him.  His politics change with the direction of the political wind.  His News Corporation is a global enterprise and he is just as connected with British and Australian politicians as he is with American politicians. 
 
As of August 2005 the Murdoch family owns about 29% of the company. Nearly all of these shares are voting shares, and Rupert Murdoch retains effective control of the company. Nonetheless John Malone of Liberty Media has built up a larger stake of 32%, but only around half of these shares are voting shares. Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal al Saud who is an investing tycoon and chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company said in an interview with Charlie Rose that he had about a 6-7% stake in News Corp.
 
Although John Malone is conservative, Murdoch has been at war with him for the past two years over control of News Corp which Murdoch wanted to retain within his family.  In late November, 2006, Murdoch bought out Malone's News Corp shares at a cost of over 2 billion dollars and turned control of Directv over to Liberty Media which had been a News Corp. property since he bought it from Hughes Corp.  Directv now belongs to John Malone and Liberty Media.
 
It's also interesting to note that of the total political contributions of News Corporation's management and employees, more money has gone to Democrat candidates than has to Republicans.  Over the past 8 years, News Corp. has contributed $389,016.00 to political campaigns.  Of that, $137,480 (35% of total) was given to Republicans, while $143,851 (37% of total) was given to Democrats.  Many of these contributors work at Fox News.
 
At Fox News, Roger Ailes is the staunch conservative who put Fox News on cable and directed the hiring of most of the personnel which originally reflected his conservative views, but there have been personnel changes and he too has his problems with liberals. Although Fox News is sometimes accused of being biased for conservatives, it has far more liberals than any other news station has conservatives, and this doesn't include the producers:
Alan Colmes
Ellis Henican
Chris Wallace, a life long Democrat who hosts Fox News Sunday
Greta Van Susteren
Rich Masters, formerly from Canada's liberal CTV news network
Kirstin Powers, former member of the administration of President Bill Clinton
Jane Hall, a regular contributor to Fox News Watch
Juan Williams from the taxpayer-funded NPR
Susan Estrich, a former member of the Michael Dukasis campaign
Bob Beckel, a Democrat strategist
Elaine Kamarck, former Al Gore campaign manager
Shepard Smith
Mort Kondracke, a life long Democrat voter
Bill Hemmer, a former anchor on CNN
Dick Morris, a former advisor for President Bill Clinton
Neil Gabler, a regular on Fox News Watch
Laura Schwartz, a Democrat strategist and former advisor to President Bill Clinton

With such a diversified lineup of diverse opinions, it is difficult for critics to explain why Fox News is allegedly biased--considering that other new channels have - if any - only one or two token conservatives. The public seems to agree, as Fox News has dominated the cable news industry--at times having higher ratings than CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, and CNBC - combined.  (Wikipedia.com)

When liberals make the claim that Fox News is "Right bias", they are, as usual, making false claims without checking the facts.  They simply do not understand that it's the rest of the media is Left bias and they are shocked to suddenly be confronted in the media by views that do not agree with their own as they are so used to seeing. 

So when you're watching Fox News, don't expect what you see to always be the conservative view.  Fox does report the conservative view, but it also includes the liberal views of the rest of the mainstream media.  That's what they mean by "fair and balanced". 

We tend to look to Fox News to counter the left bias of the rest of the news media but that's not the way it is in reality.  There is, in fact, no news service that can counterbalance the left media other than conservative talk radio and the "New Media" of the internet.  As for Fox News, they are at best 50/50.  News Corp. and Fox News management are primarily interested in one thing - profit.  They will air whatever brings in the most viewers.  They know they already have the conservatives as there is no place else for them to go.  If they can appeal to liberals as well, then that is what they will try to do.  Their agenda is not political, it is profit motivated and that is the American way.  We just have to take the good with the bad on Fox, what else can we do? 

It would be nice to have a real conservative news station but don't hold your breath, liberals own the media.  Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes are fortunate to have gotten as far as they have with Fox News.  If they were any more conservative, some liberal judge would order that they offer "equal time" to liberals.  If that didn't work, New York liberal protesters would destroy the studio under the banner of "free speech".


The Saudi Prince and Fox News
By Cliff Kincaid  |  November 24, 2006
 
The problem has gotten worse. 

At the annual meeting of News Corporation, parent of Fox News, chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed that a call from a Saudi Prince had resulted in a change in how the Fox News Channel covered the Muslim riots in France in 2005. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a significant investor in News Corporation, told Murdoch he objected to highlighting the Muslim role in the riots. Murdoch said the change was made after it was determined that there was a Catholic role in the riots.

This is strange, to say the least. I had never heard or seen it reported anywhere that there was a Catholic role in the riots.

In an October 25 editorial, "Europe's Muslims," the Washington Post noted that, "A year ago this week, riots erupted in mostly Muslim suburbs of Paris and other French cities…" (emphasis added).

I went back a year ago, looking at various reports of the riots. Molly Moore of the Post on November 5, 2005, reported that, "Much of the rioting has occurred in areas heavily populated by poor African Muslim immigrants…"  (emphasis added).

Murdoch told me that the call from the Saudi Prince resulted in an investigation that resulted in the change of coverage. At the time, however, Claire Cozens of the Guardian reported that Alwaleed had claimed that the coverage was changed very quickly.

"I picked up the phone and called Murdoch and said that I was speaking not as a shareholder, but as a viewer of Fox. I said that these are not Muslim riots, they are riots," the prince reportedly said. "He [Murdoch] investigated the matter and called Fox and within half an hour it was changed from 'Muslim riots' to 'civil riots.'"

The problem has gotten worse. Again, to quote from the October 25, 2006, editorial: "French police are facing what some call a 'permanent intifada' in Muslim neighborhoods, with nearly 2,500 incidents of violence against officers recorded in the first six months of the year. Some of these now take the form of planned ambushes: on Sunday a gang of youths emptied a bus of its passengers, set it on fire, and then stoned the firefighters who responded."

It looks like the Muslim riots are continuing. Will Fox News cover them accurately and objectively at the risk of another phone call from the Prince?

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF RUPERT MURDOCH 2005-2006

Contributor

Occupation

Date

Amount

Recipient

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10022

MEDIA/CHAIRMAN

6/12/2006

$2,100

Dreier, David (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN/CEO

7/26/2006

$2,100

Clinton, Hillary (D)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN/CEO

7/26/2006

$2,100

Clinton, Hillary (D)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS AMERICA INCORPORATED/CHAIRMAN

12/13/2005

$2,000

Sununu, John E (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION

6/20/2005

$2,000

McConnell, Mitch (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN

12/20/2005

$2,000

Stevens, Ted (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN

12/20/2005

$2,000

Stevens, Ted (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10036

NEWS CORPORATION/CEO

5/22/2006

$1,000

Reynolds, Tom (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
NEW YORK,NY 10043

NEWS CORPORATION/CHAIRMAN AND CEO

6/14/2005

$1,000

Longhorn PAC (R)

MURDOCH, RUPERT
LOS ANGELES,CA 90064

FOX, INC.

6/14/2006

$800

National Rep. Sen. Cmte

MURDOCH, RUPERT
BEVERLY HILLS,CA 90210

NEWS CORPORATION/MEDIA EXEC.

4/25/2006

$300

Ford, Harold E Jr (D)

'OpenSecrets' Donor Lookup comprises contribution data available electronically from the Federal Election Commission.

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