Fox News has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of Seth Rich, the former Democratic National Committee staffer who was at the center of right-wing conspiracies about hacked emails after he was shot in 2016. Joel and Mary Rich said in a statement that they were “pleased” by the agreement, and said they hoped the media would exercise greater caution in the future.
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC saw record ratings under President Trump, who is not yet done reshaping the cable news landscape.
Fox News was right, after all. This is a media story worth examining for what it says about the relationship between Fox News and the fan base that it shares with President Trump. At 11:20 p.m. on election night, Fox News’s Decision Desk jumped out ahead of the competition and placed Arizona — and its 11 electoral college votes — in the Biden-Harris column. The backlash from Trumpers was immediate and furious. They attacked again and again — protesting rhetorically, online and even in person in Arizona itself.
Fox News Channel will try its hand at sports this weekend when it presents a one-hour special led by veteran sportscaster Jim Gray. During the program, Talking to GOATs with Jim Gray, the sports journalist and Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade will talk about Gray’s more than 40 years in sports and present some of his interviews with sports giants like Tom Brady (above), Mike Tyson and Julius Erving. Gray is a Fox News Channel contributor.
President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios. “He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions. There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming. Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start. It would charge a monthly fee.
Newsmax, which wants to draw viewers away from Fox News, has played up conservative criticisms of the network. An anchor said Fox is “jumping right into the tank for the left.”
As he faces expulsion from the White House, Trump has vowed revenge on the network that propelled his political career, according to close White House aides — perhaps by publicly attacking Fox or undermining its business model by endorsing a competitor.
Even Fox & Friends, a warm venue for the president, sounded doubts about his talk of a stolen election. CNN and MSNBC dismissed the claims.
With Donald Trump’s path to reelection narrowing, he and his campaign have taken aim at the director of Fox News’ Decision Desk, which called Arizona for Joe Biden on Election Night. The Trump campaign sent out a press release attacking Arnon Mishkin, who has since made multiple appearances on the air defending the call and declining to retract it.
Fox News Channel’s primetime coverage of election night 2020 topped all television networks and set a record for the most-watched election night coverage in cable news history, according to early data from Nielsen. FNC’s primetime coverage averaged 13.7 million in total viewers and nearly 5 million in the 25-54 demographic, making it the highest-rated election night coverage in all of television in total viewers and the adults 25-54 demo, beating ABC, NBC, CBS and all cable news networks.
The data cruncher Arnon Mishkin made projections for key states on a night when other news networks played it safe.
The man who helped create Fox News as the most influential platform for conservative politics in America fully expects that Biden will win — and frankly isn’t too bothered by that.
The potential exposure and quarantining of several top Fox News stars has raised alarm among network staffers who feel some of their colleagues don’t take the crisis seriously.
Jay Wallace, president of Fox News Media and several of the network’s top anchors — Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino and Juan Williams — have been advised to quarantine after being exposed to someone on a private flight who later tested positive for the coronavirus, two people with direct knowledge of the situation said on Sunday.
Outnumbered co-host Melissa Francis, who recently filed a pay discrimination complaint against Fox News, is off the air and her status is in doubt.
Real-time 3D graphics and virtual set innovation are among the features designed for an immersive viewer election night experience across platforms. Fox News Digital will complement network coverage with interactive live and historical race data.
The cable news network is ready for a long night — and maybe a couple of extra days too — after the presidential election results start coming in on Nov. 3. Above, Fox News decision desk director Arnon Mishkin (right), with Dana Blanton, SVP of opinion research, and politics editor Chris Stirewalt at Fox News headquarters in New York.
Several Fox News veterans, both journalists and pundits, say they’ve faced skepticism in the job market since leaving the network. While Fox has always leaned right, particularly its nighttime punditry hours, its image as a fortress of conservatism has been hardened during the Trump presidency, as fire-breathing hosts such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have gone to extreme rhetorical lengths to defend the president and attack his critics. Fairly or not, that reputation has rubbed off even on many of Fox’s most ardently nonpartisan journalists. Clockwise from top left: Fox News vets Eboni Williams, Adam Housley, Alisyn Camerota and Shepard Smith.
A seemingly innocuous project to chronicle “election irregularities” feels like “an attempt to push more baseless conspiracy theories” for Trump, according to insiders.
On Monday before his rally in Sanford, Fla., President Trump ramped up his attacks on Fox News and promoted some competitors including C-SPAN and conservative outlets One America News Network and Newsmax. “@FoxNews allows more negative ads on me than practically all of the other networks combined. Not like the old days, but we will win even bigger than 2016. Roger Ailes was the GREATEST!,” the president tweeted.
The network is taking precautions after Lachlan Murdoch, Sean Hannity and other key Fox figures attended the debate moderated by Chris Wallace.
Fox News White House chief correspondent John Roberts went off on some of his Twitter followers on Thursday for “hammering” him over asking White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for a “definitive and declarative statement” that the president denounces white supremacy and groups that espouse it.
There is an old adage about negotiations that states one can only be truly confident of a fair and equitable agreement when both sides walk away from the table feeling like they each got the short end of the stick. I’m reminded of that old saw following the first 2020 presidential debate from Tuesday night, and the equal amounts of animus directed towards Chris Wallace for the job he did as moderator.
For the first time, a cable network has outperformed the legacy broadcast networks in primetime — the most valuable real estate on television — for an entire broadcast quarter. Fox News Channel ended the third quarter of 2020 as the most-watched network in all of TV with an average total audience of 3.507 million viewers — up 44% from the same period one year ago, according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.