Articles about "Fox News"


Judge delays decision in Jana Winter case

Denver Post | CNN

A judge in Arapahoe County, Colo., said Fox News reporter Jana Winter won’t yet be compelled to testify. Attorneys for James Holmes, who is accused of last year’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., want Winter to reveal which law enforcement sources told her Holmes had sent a disturbing notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled Winter won’t have to testify until he decides whether to admit the notebook as evidence, John Ingold reports. … Read more

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Fox News reporter who won’t reveal sources threatened with jail

Fox News | BuzzFeed | Courthouse News Service

Jana Winter won’t reveal which law enforcement sources told her Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect James Holmes sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist. And she may go to jail because of it.

The Fox News reporter’s scoop last July is at the center of a fight between the reporter and Holmes’ attorneys that’s now playing out in an Arapahoe County courtroom, an unbylined report on Fox’s site says. The judge who approved a subpoena for her sources — who Holmes’ attorneys claim violated a gag order by sharing details about the notebook — has since stepped down, and at a hearing April 1 Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said the motion “presented her with a ‘Hobson’s Choice,’ ” the Fox report says:

If forced to testify, Winter would either reveal her confidential sources in the nation’s highest profile trial – perhaps destroying her career as an investigative reporter – or spend up to six months in jail, according to Judge Samour.

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Vanity Fair excerpts Zev Chafets’s biography of Roger Ailes:

For months, Roger Ailes and I had been meeting regularly at Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, at his home in Putnam County, and at public and private gatherings. In that time I got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn’t work for him ever has. He is plainspoken, wryly profane, caustic, and above all competitive …

[News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.

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Zev Chafets, Vanity Fair book excerpt

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News Corp PAC gave more to Democrats than Republicans in 2012

Center for Public Integrity | OpenSecrets.org
News Corp’s political action committee gave 52 percent of its donations during the 2012 election cycle to Democratic candidates, reports Dave Levinthal. The donations provide “a notable, if not striking contrast with Fox News’ conservative reputation,” Levinthal writes.

In January, News America-FOXPAC gave money to five Democratic candidates and no money to Republicans, though it “contributed $15,000 in January to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which may by law accept significantly larger contributions than candidate committees,” Levinthal writes.

Prominent Democrats receiving News America-FOXPAC cash last election cycle included Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as House Minority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

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Ailes: Building Fox News’ Hispanic audience is a ‘tremendous business opportunity’

The New Republic
Roger Ailes says he plans to make Fox News more Hispanic-friendly, partly because it would be a “tremendous business opportunity.” The New Republic’s Eliza Gray, who talked with Ailes, explains more of his thinking behind the plan:

Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by nearly 50 points, and now almost everyone agrees that the Republican Party needs to improve with Hispanic voters to have a shot at the White House in 2016. That could also be Ailes’s last year at Fox News: His contract expires then, when he’ll be 76 years old. So if Roger Ailes wants to see a Republican win what may be his last presidential election as a major player, he’ll need to try to make conservatism more palatable to Latinos.

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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.”… Read more

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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.

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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.

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

Pew
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.

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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:… Read more

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