Articles about "Fox News"

Poll: Fox News most trusted (and least trusted) network in America

Public Policy Polling | Gallup | Pew
The polling organization that accurately predicted the 2012 presidential election -- state by state -- has completed its fourth annual poll of TV news trust.

Public Policy Polling found that only PBS is trusted more than it is mistrusted. Every other network is mistrusted by more people than trust it.

"Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we've been doing this poll," PPP reports; "41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not. To put those numbers into some perspective the first time we did this poll, in 2010, 49% of voters trusted it to 37% who did not." (more...)

Fake study says Fox News viewers have low IQs

The Huffington Post | Daily Kos
A study that claimed Fox News viewers were significantly less intelligent than average Americans is a hoax, Michael Giltz writes. The "study" was ordered up by a group of conservatives who hope to move the Republican party in a more moderate direction, lead hoaxer "P. Nichols" told Giltz.
Making people embarrassed to say they watched FOX News (or better yet not watch FOX News at all) might help that goal. So the 5000 people who took part in the study were chosen by Nichols and non-scientists, essentially selected to guarantee the results they were looking for.

Woodward scoop: Murdoch and Fox News chief Ailes tried to get Petraeus to run for president

The Washington Post | Fox News
Bob Woodward reports that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes had a Fox analyst visiting Afghanistan deliver a message to Gen. David Petraeus in 2011 -- that the general should demand to be appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or else resign and run for president.

From Woodward's scoop:

The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. She did so at the end of a 90-minute, unfiltered conversation with Petraeus that touched on the general’s future, his relationship with the media and his political aspirations — or lack thereof. The Washington Post has obtained a digital recording from the meeting, which took place in Petraeus’s office in Kabul.

In final week of election, MSNBC aired no positive Romney stories

During the last week of the 2012 presidential campaign, Fox News and MSNBC both took a dramatically negative tone toward President Obama and Mitt Romney, respectively.

68 percent of MSNBC's coverage of Romney was negative during from Oct. 29-Nov. 5, up from 57 percent in October. That doesn't sound too surprising, except that Pew found 5 percent of MSNBC's Romney coverage was positive from Oct. 1-28, while it found no positive coverage of Romney when it looked at the final week's stories. It also found no negative coverage of Obama.


Karl Rove challenges Fox’s election-night data operation in ‘odd civil war’

Tampa Bay Times | The New York Times | Slate | The Washington Post | The Atlantic Wire
After Fox called Ohio for President Obama Tuesday night, Karl Rove challenged the network's decision, leading to the unusual sight of anchor Megyn Kelly being filmed walking through Fox's corridors to interview people at the network's decision desk. I couldn't find one clip of the whole episode, but here it is in three parts: (more...)

Hoyer: Today’s journalists ‘see their job not to inform but to incite’

"Rock Center" | Greta Van Susteren
In two segments Thursday night on "Rock Center," Ted Koppel spoke with Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and David Carr about the business of broadcasting hate.

Fox brings in a billion dollars a year, Carr told Koppel. It caters, he said, to viewers who feel like, "we're here in the bunker, they're after us."

Coulter would not stipulate that civil discourse has coarsened. "Back when you thought we were living in peace and harmony, we just felt like we were under attack," she told Koppel.

“The bar for civility on cable television and talk radio has fallen so low,” Koppel said, “that by comparison [Bill] O'Reilly seems almost reasonable.” (more...)

SCOTUSblog details in 7,000 words how CNN, Fox got Health Care ruling wrong

In an exhaustive account, SCOTUSblog publisher and co-founder Tom Goldstein describes, minute by minute, how CNN and Fox News initially misreported the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law:

Here's what happened at 10:07:20, Goldstein reports:
The CNN and Fox producers are scanning the syllabus. Eight lines from the bottom of page 2, they see the following language: “Chief Justice Roberts concluded in Part III-A that the individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause.” They immediately and correctly recognize that sentence as fantastically important. The individual mandate is the heart of the statute, and it is clear that the Court has rejected the Administration’s principal theory – indeed the only theory that was discussed at great length in the oral arguments and debated by commentators.

Into his conference call, the CNN producer says (correctly) that the Court has held that the individual mandate cannot be sustained under the Commerce Clause, and (incorrectly) that it therefore “looks like” the mandate has been struck down. The control room asks whether they can “go with” it, and after a pause, he says yes.

The Fox producer reads the syllabus exactly the same way, and reports that the mandate has been invalidated. Asked to confirm that the mandate has been struck down, he responds: “100%.”

Were CNN & Fox News’ mistakes on Supreme Court ruling part of ‘process journalism’?

We all know that CNN and Fox News mistakenly reported Thursday that the Supreme Court struck down the “individual mandate” part of the health care law. How did this happen? Who’s responsible?

I blame Jeff Jarvis.

Fox and CNN’s … Read more


Cartoon: Beating the other guy to the Supreme Court punch

As a cartoonist, I face a constant balancing act. On the one hand, a good cartoon that hits the zeitgeist at the right time can allow it to go viral and spread like wildfire. On the other, sometimes going beyond the headline and taking time to consider an idea can make for a much better piece of commentary.
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CNN issues correction, Fox issues statement on Supreme Court reporting mistakes

The ruling has come down: Both CNN and Fox badly bungled their reporting of today's landmark Supreme Court opinion on healthcare. And both organizations have taken very different routes to correcting their mistakes.

Here's Fox's correction, via Mediaite:
We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it. Bill Hemmer even added, be patient as we work through this. Then when we heard and read, that the mandate could be upheld under the government’s power to tax, we reported that as well—all within two minutes.

By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.
And here's CNN's:
In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. However, that was not the whole of the Court’s ruling. CNN regrets that it didn't wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error.