Fox News: “We just make stuff up . . .”

Asked what most viewers and observers of Fox News would be surprised to learn about the controversial cable channel, a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch was quick with a response: “I don’t think people would believe it’s as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.”

Indeed, a former Fox News employee who recently agreed to talk with Media Matters confirmed what critics have been saying for years about Murdoch’s cable channel. Namely, that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation, virtually every news story is actively spun by the staff, its primary goal is to prop up Republicans and knock down Democrats, and that staffers at Fox News routinely operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking.

“It is their M.O. to undermine the administration and to undermine Democrats,” says the source. “They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news.”

And that’s the word from inside Fox News.

Note the story here isn’t that Fox News leans right. Everyone knows the channel pushes a conservative-friendly version of the news. Everyone who’s been paying attention has known that since the channel’s inception more than a decade ago. The real story, and the real danger posed by the cable outlet, is that over time Fox News stopped simply leaning to the right and instead became an open and active political player, sort of one-part character assassin and one-part propagandist, depending on which party was in power. And that the operation thrives on fabrications and falsehoods.

“They say one thing and do another. They insist on maintaining this charade, this façade, that they’re balanced or that they’re not right-wing extreme propagandist,” says the source. But it’s all a well-orchestrated lie, according this former insider. It’s a lie that permeates the entire Fox News culture and one that staffers and producers have to learn quickly in order to survive professionally.

“You have to work there for a while to understand the nods and the winks,” says the source. “And God help you if you don’t because sooner or later you’re going to get burned.”

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201102100007

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22 responses to “Fox News: “We just make stuff up . . .”

  1. indypendent

    It’s a known fact – a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its shoes on.

    And in today’s society – gossip and innuendo sells big time. Then throw in some blonde females wearing tight-dresses, low necklines to show just the right amount of cleavage, stilletto heels and then sit cross legged in just the right angle.

    Does anyone have any statistics on the demographics of Fox News? I suspect it is full of males between 45 and 70?

    • indypendent

      This mindset might just be a factor in the question posed by fnord on another thread this morning….

      fnord was wondering about the percentage of women senators getting caught in sex scandals……

      Maybe males in the political world are just too tempted by what they see on their chosen network?

    • DJ

      Im sure that Fox has a lot of male viewers between the ages of 45 & 70. BUT, they don’t just lead the competition in that demographic, Fox gets more viewers in EVERY demographic, every day, for at least the last several years. They usually have TWICE as many viewers in the most sought after 25-49 demographic than all the other cable channels COMBINED!

      • wicked

        So that makes what “news” they deliver okay?

        If I remember, the Gong Show had a lot of viewers, too.

        People never fail to stop to gawk at a wreck.

  2. CapnAmerica

    Older . . . much older.
    That’s the one bright spot re: Fox.
    Their viewership is going down as the nursing home population dies off . . .

  3. Color me shocked! 😉

    Their aging demographics should do them in. Ideological political talk appeals to old people. There simply aren’t enough elderly white males and the females who do their bidding to keep them in business. The younger generations have grown up with the world of news at their fingertips and they don’t need anyone interpreting it for them — they see it as it happens and understand it better than the talking heads. They recognize narrow-mindedness and bigotry and aren’t interested.

    • indypendent

      And the younger generation are not so much into the division of religions.

      That is probably the best thing about the younger generation – IMHO.

  4. CapnAmerica

    Maybe males in the political world are just too tempted by what they see on their chosen network?

    Oh, puLEZZ! If most men want the plastic air-heads on Faux, then heaven help us all . . .

    • indypendent

      I was referring to the Republican elected officials who seem to find themselves caught up in sex scandals.

      And I think plastic air-heads would be right up their alley…….

    • wicked

      …and for some, plastic everythings.

    • indypendent

      Also – everytime I hear some Republican male go on and on about Sarah Palin – what is generally the first thing they say about her? – she is hot, pretty, attractive, etc.

      That pretty much says it all……

    • indypendent

      oh wicked……LMAO

  5. I think the cutesy plastic air heads are right in line with the old white males.

    • indypendent

      LOL – especially if the old white males have lots and lots of green money. Or maybe its gold bars now that turn their plastic heads??

      You know, all those gold bars those talk radio entertainers seem to be selling.

    • Freebird1971

      I’m an old white male and I resent that!

    • prairie pond

      Heh, Freebird. You may be old and white, but do you have money or gold bars? Because, at the end of the day, that’s what matters to the women of fux news.

    • wicked

      If those old white men are going to have gold anythings, I’d prefer it was gold —– At least they’d be useful.

  6. indypendent

    My doctor’s office has Fox News running in their waiting room. Do you want to know why? It’s filled with Medicare patients – mostly males.

    I wonder how many are Tea Party supporters who profess to hate government run health care?

  7. The sad part to me is that they find gullible ignorant followers who believe the stuff they make up.

  8. And they keep their viewers agitated — what a sad wasteful way to live life.