The Week: Most Recent Media:Fox News recent posts.en-usThu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Media:Fox News from THE WEEKThu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500Fox News cleans house: Can the network restore its credibility?<img src="" /></P><p>This week, Fox News fired Dick Morris, the former polling guru for Bill Clinton who has since reinvented himself as a Republican analyst and operator. Morris loudly predicted a landslide victory for Mitt Romney in the run-up to the November election, one of several ridiculous prophecies that quickly made him the laughingstock of his profession. As David Weigel at <em>Slate</em> writes, "No single human made as many wrong, botched, bogus, and stupid predictions about the 2012 election as Dick Morris."</p><p>Morris's ouster, which followed Fox ditching Sarah Palin, is being seen as evidence that the network &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500Fox News' plummeting ratings: Why the network is struggling<img src="" /></P><p>In January, Fox News had its worst primetime ratings since 2001 in the all-important age demographic of 25-54, according to new Nielsen data. Furthermore, its total day ratings for the age group fell to their lowest levels since 2008. The grim news for the conservative cable network was gleefully publicized by liberal rival MSNBC, which boasted a 20 percent boost in the 25-54 demographic from the previous year, and an 11 percent climb in primetime.</p><p>What happened? While some liberal commentators would like to see Fox's decline as evidence of a leftward shift in public opinion, coinciding with President...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:50:00 -0500Why Fox News put Karl Rove back on the air<img src="" /></P><p>Well, that was a pretty short exile: A brief 27 days after Fox News reportedly benched Karl Rove (and Dick Morris) for their ill-fated Republican boosterism before and especially during the November election, the GOP strategist once known as "Bush's brain" was back on the air Monday night, talking about the fiscal cliff with Brett Baier on <em>Special Report</em>. He's scheduled to appear on Fox's <em>The O'Reilly Factor</em> on Wednesday. "Gentlemen, welcome back," Baier told Rove and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi at the start of the eight-minute segment.&nbsp;</p><p>I guess Fox didn't like having its dirty laundry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:30:00 -0500Why Fox News had to bench Karl Rove<img src="" /></P><p>Since the November election, two of <em>Fox News</em>' most prominent political commentators &mdash; <strong>Karl Rove and Dick Morris &mdash; "have virtually vanished</strong>," says Howard Kurtz at <em>The Daily Beast</em>, "seemingly airbrushed from the airwaves." What's going on? "Turns out they&rsquo;ve been sidelined, at least temporarily, by Roger Ailes." <em>New York</em> magazine's Gabriel Sherman was the first outsider to notice. "Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove's election-night tantrum when he disputed the network's call for Obama," Sherman reports. Former George W. Bush strategist Rove, Kurtz says, "drew national...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:15:00 -0500Roger Ailes asked David Petraeus to run for president: What it says about Fox News<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">David Petraeus, the former head of the CIA, undoubtedly has a few regrets in life, including the fateful decision to pursue an extramarital affair that ultimately cost him his job and stained his reputation. On the other hand, he's probably pretty happy that he decided not to run for president; the consequences of an adultery scandal during a major political campaign would have been exponentially worse. Still, if Fox News chief Roger Ailes had had his way, says Bob Woodward at <em>The Washington Post, </em><strong>Petraeus would have joined the 2012 race</strong>:&nbsp;</p><p >Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:38:00 -0500Fox News pulls the plug on guest Thomas Ricks: Was he being rude or honest?<img src="" /></P><p>"What happens when you agree to come on Fox News and then proceed to hammer the network for serving as a 'wing of the Republican Party'?" asks Eric Wemple at <em>The Washington Post</em>. "Answer: You don't stay on the air too long." That's the lesson Pulitzer Prize&ndash;winning military journalist Thomas Ricks learned on Monday, when he was invited on the Fox News show <em>Happening Now</em> to talk about his new book, <em>The Generals</em>, and troop readiness. Host Jon Scott started out asking about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.&nbsp;</p><p>"I think that Benghazi generally was hyped...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:45:00 -05004 hilariously sarcastic reactions to Fox's 'War on Men' column<img src="" /></P><p>"The War on Men," a Fox News op-ed by Suzanne Venker, has provoked outrage and scorn from critics for essentially blaming marital problems on women's supposed anger and irrationality. After examining a Pew study that shows a rise in women ages 18 to 34 who say a successful marriage is "one of the most important things in their lives," while the share of men saying the same has dropped,&nbsp;Venker concludes&nbsp;that "modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don't." But why? The answer is simple, Venker says:&nbsp;"Women aren't women anymore." They're feminists. And men don't like it....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:35:00 -0500Was Fox News wrong to ID the Navy SEAL who wrote about killing Osama bin Laden?<img src="" /></P><p><em>Fox News</em> has identified the former Navy SEAL Team 6 member who has written a book billed as a firsthand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The ex-commando, who wrote under the pseudonym "Mark Owen," is really Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Wrangell, Alaska, according to <em>Fox</em>. <em>The Associated Press</em> reported Thursday that a military official had confirmed the author's identity. The book, <em>No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden</em>, is due to be released on Sept. 11. Pentagon officials say they did not vet the unauthorized account of the raid on the late al Qaeda...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 24 Aug 2012 08:58:00 -0400Is Rupert Murdoch abandoning his newspaper empire?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This week, Rupert Murdoch resigned from several News Corp. boards that control his British newspapers, including <em>The Times</em> of London and <em>The Sun</em>, "raising fresh speculation that he may be planning for an eventual sale of the newspapers that were a major steppingstone during the decades in which he built his global media empire," say John F. Burns and Ravi Somaiya at <em>The New York Times</em>. A spokesman for News Corp. said Murdoch remained as committed to his newspapers as ever, but the move comes just weeks after News Corp. announced plans to split its newspaper business from its far more lucrative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Jul 2012 12:43:00 -0400Should Rupert Murdoch break up his media empire?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">News Corp., the media empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, confirmed this week that it is considering a plan to split into two companies. Reportedly, one company would comprise Murdoch's publishing business, which includes <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>,<em>&nbsp;New York Post</em>, Britain's <em>The Times of London</em>, and book publisher HarperCollins. A separate (and much bigger) company would house News Corp.'s far more lucrative entertainment units, such as the film studio 20th Century Fox, the Fox television network, and the Fox News cable channel. The divorce would represent a significant reordering of priorities...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Jun 2012 12:38:00 -0400Fox News' anti-Obama 'attack ad': Has Fox finally crossed the line?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Fox News is facing a firestorm of criticism over an overtly anti-Obama video&nbsp;that aired Wednesday on <em>Fox &amp; Friends</em>, the "fair and balanced" cable channel's morning show. The hosts proudly introduced the slick four-minute clip (watch it below) as "a look back at the president's first term to see if it lived up to 'Hope and Change'." The video opens with crowds cheering the Democratic candidate in 2008 as he promises a brighter future and a smaller deficit. Then the music turns foreboding, and an infographic compares the national debt "then" ($10 trillion) and "now" ($15 trillion...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 31 May 2012 11:35:00 -0400The latest insane conspiracy theory: Obama plotted Chelsea Clinton's murder<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Fox News anchor Heather Childers caused quite a stir Tuesday night when she tweeted links to stories alleging that President Obama once threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton. "Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton's Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?" she tweeted, linking to an article on the&nbsp;birther blog <em>Godfather Politics</em> that spun up an "insane conspiracy theory." Supposedly, the story claimed, during the '08 campaign, the Clintons unearthed proof that Obama was Kenyan and Team Obama threatened to murder Chelsea Clinton in order to silence them. Here, a guide to the madness:</p><p><strong>The...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 04 Apr 2012 18:20:00 -0400Is Fox News shifting to the Left?<img src="" /></P><p>Fox News chief Roger Ailes ordered a "course correction" at the network last year, parting ways with Glenn Beck and telling the rest of Fox's conservative talent to tamp down the rhetorical heat and extol the Tea Party movement less avidly. Conservatives aren't loving the change, says Keach Hagey in <em>Politico</em>, and some are tuning out. Fox's apparent shift toward the center was widely discussed and lamented at last weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "I've gone from all Fox to no Fox, and replaced it with CNN, which I think right now is giving me a much fairer analysis of what...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 15 Feb 2012 10:13:00 -0500Rupert Murdoch's 'smashing start' on Twitter<img src="" /></P><p>The octogenarian behind Fox News has "thrown all caution to the wind and opened a personal Twitter account,"&nbsp;says Steven Mostyn at&nbsp;<em>The Tech Herald</em><em>. </em>Since Rupert Murdoch sent his first tweet on Saturday, the News Corp. boss has amassed more than 60,000 followers. And already, the scrutinizing glare of the Twittersphere has the controversial media executive, and his every 140-character dispatch, in its sights. Here, a brief guide to Murdoch's foray into social media:</p><p><strong>Why is Murdoch tweeting?</strong><br />The Australian-born billionaire has had a tumultuous year, fending off allegations that some of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 02 Jan 2012 17:26:00 -0500Fox's 'surreal' attack on The Muppets: The jokes<img src="" /></P><p><strong></strong>Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppet gang may seem like innocent puppets, but according to one Fox Business Network segment, they're actually part of a liberal media plot to "brainwash your kids against capitalism." In the new&nbsp;<em>Muppets</em> movie, the villain is an evil oil baron &mdash; named, rather obviously, Tex Richman &mdash; who plans to tear down the Muppets' theater to drill for oil. Once again, Fox Business bemoaned on Dec. 2, Hollywood is "depicting a successful businessman as evil" and vilifying the oil industry. "It's amazing how far the Left will go just to stop...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Dec 2011 18:23:00 -0500Fox News' 'revealing' 'course correction': 6 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>In the latest <em>Newsweek</em>, media reporter Howard Kurtz gives us a "revealing" look at Fox News chief Roger Ailes, charting what Ailes calls the network's quiet, months-long "course correction" from its recent hard-right conservatism toward a more broadly appealing &mdash; and thus more lucrative &mdash; center-right posture. Of course, Fox News risks "alienating its most rabid right-wing fans," says Kurtz, but Ailes is spending his last few years at the network "acting not like a political operative but as a corporate chieftain," putting the bottom line first. Here, six takeaways from Kurtz's "glowing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Sep 2011 09:50:00 -0400