Fox News Becoming More Liberal?!?

outfoxedAccording to Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine there are moves afoot to move Fox News Channel to the political center … I guess we’ll see.

When six GOP primary contenders descended on Fox News’ midtown headquarters for a “candidates forum” with a trio of red state attorneys general on Saturday night, the candidates probably expected tough questions about their positions. But they certainly didn’t expect to find a New York Times reporter roaming backstage.

Fox’s decision to allow Times scribe Jim Rutenberg into the building to confront the candidates in person threw campaign aides off guard, especially in the Romney camp, which went into “defensive mode immediately, insisting that the reporter stay far away,” as Rutenberg later wrote.

But the decision was just the latest example of what Fox head Roger Ailes recently called a “course correction” in an interview with Howard Kurtz of Newsweek. The Romney team’s debate-night tussle was the second embarrassing episode suffered by the candidate at the hands of Fox News in a week, after Bret Baier conducted a hard-hitting interview with Romney on November 29 that made news for several days. (After the contentious interview, Baier told Bill O’Reilly that Romney privately called his questions “overly aggressive” and “uncalled for.”) The network has also taken on the other GOP primary contenders. In July, Chris Wallace pointedly asked Michele Bachmann “are you a flake?” And in November, Fox gave a platform to Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek and her attorney Gloria Allred.

This chaotic and raucous primary season is demonstrating that Roger Ailes will put the interests of his network ahead of all else…

[continues at New York Magazine]

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50 Comments on "Fox News Becoming More Liberal?!?"

  1. I hear its snowing in hell too.

  2. I hear its snowing in hell too.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Dec 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm |

    Shameless shills following money.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Dec 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    Shameless shills following money.

  5. justagirl | Dec 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm |

    it’s actually a mix of rain and snow..  but, tomato tomahto.

    http://www.weathercity.com/us/mi/hell/

  6. Simiantongue | Dec 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm |

    It’s all about relativity. Is FOX moving to the center?  Or perhaps the NYT reporter is simply far enough right in relation to FOX and is attempting to match velocity. The question is who is moving where in relation to what? We can’t judge the velocity of a ball accurately if we simply measure it’s speed relative to a moving train, we need a third quantifier.

    We could use the perspective of the general populace as a third observer. In that case both the NYT reporter and FOX are on the far right horizon matching velocities relative to each other, but are moving away at an exponentially faster rate from the general populace.

  7. Simiantongue | Dec 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm |

    It’s all about relativity. Is FOX moving to the center?  Or perhaps the NYT reporter is simply far enough right in relation to FOX and is attempting to match velocity. The question is who is moving where in relation to what? We can’t judge the velocity of a ball accurately if we simply measure it’s speed relative to a moving train, we need a third quantifier.

    We could use the perspective of the general populace as a third observer. In that case both the NYT reporter and FOX are on the far right horizon matching velocities relative to each other, but are moving away at an exponentially faster rate from the general populace.

  8. Simiantongue | Dec 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm |

    It’s all about relativity. Is FOX moving to the center?  Or perhaps the NYT reporter is simply far enough right in relation to FOX and is attempting to match velocity. The question is who is moving where in relation to what? We can’t judge the velocity of a ball accurately if we simply measure it’s speed relative to a moving train, we need a third quantifier.

    We could use the perspective of the general populace as a third observer. In that case both the NYT reporter and FOX are on the far right horizon matching velocities relative to each other, but are moving away at an exponentially faster rate from the general populace.

  9. DeepCough | Dec 6, 2011 at 12:30 am |

    Peh. Fox News is just turning their conservatism down from 11 to 10, which is just slightly less rightwing than they once were.

  10. DeepCough | Dec 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm |

    Peh. Fox News is just turning their conservatism down from 11 to 10, which is just slightly less rightwing than they once were.

  11. Having helped move American Politics far off to the right, Faux News now moves to further isolate the rest of the American Press by gobbling up (what was once part of the mainstream right but has to be now considered just left of) the center.

    Thereby solidifying Ailes’ (and Murdock’s) wish to cover 70% of the American Populace…at least the 70% that is allowed to be covered (as the mis-covering of the Occupy movement shows).

  12. Having helped move American Politics far off to the right, Faux News now moves to further isolate the rest of the American Press by gobbling up (what was once part of the mainstream right but has to be now considered just left of) the center.

    Thereby solidifying Ailes’ (and Murdock’s) wish to cover 70% of the American Populace…at least the 70% that is allowed to be covered (as the mis-covering of the Occupy movement shows).

  13. Anarchy Pony | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 am |

    Political physics: An Introduction.

  14. Simiantongue | Dec 6, 2011 at 7:40 am |

    I had this radical idea for Culinary Politics too, but people kept dropping out where I reveal that we should actually eat politicians at about page 289 in the coo… ahem, I mean textbook.

  15. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    Did Roger Ailes die?

  16. Broken_Finger | Dec 6, 2011 at 10:42 am |

    Did Roger Ailes die?

    • Jin The Ninja | Dec 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      queer parkour ninjas tried….and failed…

      • Broken_Finger | Dec 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

        Did they do the thing with the rocket launcher? 

        • Jin The Ninja | Dec 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

          ninjas don’t use guns.

          but as i understand a group of breakaway log cabin types, may have.

          • Calypso_1 | Dec 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

            Not so Jin san, perhaps not your preference, but kayaku has been a preferred discipline of ninpo past and present.

          • Jin The Ninja | Dec 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm |

            you are correct, and how silly of me! I should have qualified, “queer parkour ninjas have a distate for guns, but kayakujutsu/ gun katas are perfectly valid martial styles.”

          • Jin The Ninja | Dec 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm |

            and i should ammend that i do in fact regularly use exploding caltropes, and more infrequently wudang style powders (usually toxificant) but sometimes exploding or flammable.

          • Calypso_1 | Dec 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

            of course I understand you only use such things in the interest of historical anachronism – what about blades? I was hoping you’d get my previous reference to keiki & assisted jigai : )

          • Jin The Ninja | Dec 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

            only in an academic interest “of course;)”

            well truth be told, i simply emulate historical ninjas, in some aspects, actually i practice chinese martial arts (baguazhang, xingyiquan currently, wushu formerly),
            so i would have to go with chinese weapons (bagua jian, bagua dao, wind fire wheels, iron ring), but i also appreciate guardless japanese swords, throwing spikes, and the occasional naginata. if i had the opportunity to learn iaijutsu i would not pass it up, but overall i am a bit of a sino-snob:P have u ever the shaw classic heroes of the east? that encapsulates my sentiments pretty well .

          • Anarchy Pony | Dec 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

            Wouldn’t explosive caltrops be a bit over zealous? And also burdensome?

          • Jin The Ninja | Dec 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm |

            Burdensome yes, over zealous no. they embed themselves into dry wall very well for diversion tactics/getaways.

  17. Are you kidding?  Politicians are highly toxic!

  18. Are you kidding?  Politicians are highly toxic!

  19. Jin (仁) | Dec 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |

    queer parkour ninjas tried….and failed…

  20. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

    Did they do the thing with the rocket launcher? 

  21. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |

    wouldn’t it be more satisfying to feed politicians to each other?

  22. Anarchy Pony | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |

    How to serve, politicians.

  23. Jin (仁) | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    ninjas don’t use guns.

    but as i understand a group of breakaway log cabin types, may have.

  24. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |

    Not so Jin san, perhaps not your preference, but kayaku has been a preferred discipline of ninpo past and present.

  25. Jin (仁) | Dec 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm |

    you are correct, and how silly of me. I should have said, queer parkour ninjas have a distate for guns, but kayakujutsu/ gun katas are perfectly valid martial styles.

  26. Jin (仁) | Dec 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

    and i should ammend that i do in fact regularly use exploding caltropes, and more infrequently wudang style powders (usually toxificant) but sometimes exploding or flammable.

  27. Anonymous | Dec 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |

    of course I understand you only use such things in the interest of historical anachronism – what about blades? I was hoping you’d get my previous reference to keiki & assisted jigai : )

  28. it was never conservative to begin with… two wings of the same bird, folks.  nothing to see here.  the propaganda worked to get you to hate glenn beck and rush limbaugh, both of which, are on the fringes of total anarchy.. and it’s the lib-tard media that so diluted your opinion so much about them that you can’t even hear the words that come out of their mouths.. it’s all “liberal” media.. bc the word “liberal” has been perverted, along with every other word in the english language.. can you even read this?  never mind.

  29. it was never conservative to begin with… two wings of the same bird, folks.  nothing to see here.  the propaganda worked to get you to hate glenn beck and rush limbaugh, both of which, are on the fringes of total anarchy.. and it’s the lib-tard media that so diluted your opinion so much about them that you can’t even hear the words that come out of their mouths.. it’s all “liberal” media.. bc the word “liberal” has been perverted, along with every other word in the english language.. can you even read this?  never mind.

  30. Anarchy Pony | Dec 8, 2011 at 12:03 am |

    Wouldn’t explosive caltrops be a bit over zealous? And also burdensome?

  31. Jin (仁) | Dec 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    Burdensome yes, over zealous no. they embed themselves into dry wall very well for diversion tactics/getaways.

  32. Jin (仁) | Dec 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm |

    only in an academic interest “of course;)”

    well truth be told, i simply emulate historical ninjas, in some aspects, actually i practice chinese martial arts (baguazhang, xingyiquan currently, wushu formerly),
    so i would have to go with chinese weapons (bagua jian, bagua dao, wind fire wheels, iron ring), but i also appreciate guardless japanese swords, throwing spikes, and the occasional naginata. if i had the opportunity to learn iaijutsu i would not pass it up, but overally i am a bit of a sino-snob:P

  33. Simiantongue | Dec 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm |

    Think pufferfish

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