57 Facts About Fox News Channel


Fox News Channel, abbreviated FNC, commonly known as Fox News, and stylized in all caps, is an American multinational conservative cable news television channel based in New York City.

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Fox News Channel was created by Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996 to appeal to a conservative audience, hiring former Republican media consultant and CNBC executive Roger Ailes as its founding CEO.

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Fox News grew during the late 1990s and 2000s to become the dominant United States cable news subscription network.

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Fox News controversies have included, among others, practicing biased reporting in favor of the Republican Party, its politicians, and conservative causes, while portraying the Democratic Party in a negative light.

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Fox News has denied bias in its news reporting and the channel's official position is that its news reporting operates independently of its opinion journalism.

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Fox News created the "Fox News Alert", which interrupted its regular programming when a breaking news story occurred.

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Fox News has been described as practicing partisan reporting in favor of the Republican Party, the George W Bush and Donald Trump administrations, and conservative causes, while portraying the Democratic Party in a negative light.

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Fox News has denied bias in its news reporting and the channel's official position is that its news reporting operates independently of its opinion journalism.

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Fox News said that the film misrepresented the employment of these employees.

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Fox News produces occasional special event coverage that is broadcast on FBC.

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In 2006, the company introduced Fox News Talk, a satellite radio station featuring programs syndicated by Fox News personalities.

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Fox News Latino is the version aimed at the Hispanic audience, although presented almost entirely in English, with a Spanish section.

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In March 2009, The Fox Nation was launched as a website intended to encourage readers to post articles commenting on the news.

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Fox News Mobile is the portion of the FNC website dedicated to streaming news clips formatted for video-enabled mobile phones.

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In 2003, Fox News saw a large ratings jump during the early stages of the U S invasion of Iraq.

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Several weeks later, in the wake of the 2006 North Korean missile test and the 2006 Lebanon War, Fox saw a surge in viewership and remained the top-rated cable news channel.

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However, Fox News Channel was given the highest "unfavorable" rating of all national outlets studied .

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The community decided that Fox News was politically biased, but generally reliable.

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In 2018, Fox News was rated by Nielsen as America's most watched cable network, averaging a record 2.

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Fox News Channel ended the quarter with the top five shows in prime time, with Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson Tonight finishing the quarter in second overall with an average audience of 4.

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The decision was made due to Fox News downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as allegations of Fox News spreading misinformation about climate change and reporting on the false concept of "no-go zones" for non-Muslims in British cities.

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Fox News Channel originally used the slogan "Fair and Balanced", which was coined by network co-founder Roger Ailes while the network was being established.

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The New York Times described the slogan as being a "blunt signal that Fox News planned to counteract what Mr Ailes and many others viewed as a liberal bias ingrained in television coverage by establishment news networks".

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Fox News Channel went on to suggest that Fox News' trademark on the phrase "fair and balanced" could be invalid.

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In mid-November 2020, following the election, Fox News began to use the slogan "Standing Up For What's Right" to promote its primetime lineup.

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Fox News Channel has been described as a conservative media, and as providing biased reporting in favor of conservative political positions, the Republican Party, and President Donald Trump.

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Under Trump's presidency, Fox News remade itself into his image, as hardly any criticism of Trump could be heard on Fox News' prime-time shows.

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Fox News publicly denies it is biased, with Murdoch and Ailes saying to have included Murdoch's statement that Fox has "given room to both sides, whereas only one side had it before".

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Fox News Channel's memo asked the staff to "use the term 'government-run health insurance, ' or, when brevity is a concern, 'government option, ' whenever possible".

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In October 2018, Fox News ran laudatory coverage of a meeting between Trump-supporting rapper Kanye West and President Trump in the Oval Office.

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Fox News had previously run negative coverage of rappers and their involvement with Democratic politicians and causes, such as when Fox News ran headlines describing conscious hip-hop artist Common as "vile" and a "cop-killer rapper", and when Fox News ran negative coverage of Kanye West before he became a Trump supporter.

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Hannity later asserted that his action was not pre-planned, and Fox News stated it "does not condone any talent participating in campaign events".

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However, certain Fox personalities have not had as much of a favorable reception from Trump: news anchors Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace have been criticised by Trump for allegedly being adversarial, alongside Fox analyst Andrew Napolitano, who said Trump's actions in the Trump–Ukraine scandal were "both criminal and impeachable behavior".

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Fox News has published headlines accusing the English Wikipedia of having a left-wing and socialist bias.

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Fox News dedicated extensive coverage to the uranium story, which Democrats said was an attempt to distract from Mueller's intensifying investigation.

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FiveThirtyEight analysis of Russia-related media coverage in cable news found most mentions of Russia on Fox News were spoken in close proximity to "uranium" and "dossier".

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In December 2017, Fox News escalated its attacks on the Mueller investigation, with hosts and guest commentators suggesting the investigation amounted to a coup.

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Fox News omitted that Tapper had said the use of "Allahu Akbar" in the terrorist attack was not one of these beautiful circumstances.

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Fox News said it was The New York Times, repeatedly running the chyron "NYT Foils U S Attempt To Take Out Al-Bahgdadi".

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Fox News has often been described as a major platform for climate change denial.

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Fox News Channel'spard Smith drew attention for being one of few voices formerly on Fox News to forcefully state that climate change is real, that human activities are a primary contributor to it and that there is a scientific consensus on the issue.

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Fox News did not respond to inquiries by CNN, and the Washington Post.

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Fox News was criticized by conservative outlets, such as The Weekly Standard, National Review, and conservative columnists, such as Jennifer Rubin, Michael Gerson, and John Podhoretz.

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In 2020, Fox News settled with Rich family, making a payment that was not officially disclosed but which was reported to be in the seven figures.

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The average Fox News Channel viewer was likely left with the impression that the media's criticism of Trump and leftist protestors' toppling of some Confederate statues were far greater threats to America than white supremacism or the president's apparent defense of bigotry.

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Fox News aired a graphic detailing the supposed compulsory reductions, falsely indicating the information came from the Agriculture Department, which numerous Republican politicians and commentators tweeted.

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Two weeks later, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel referred to FNC as "not a news network" and communications director Anita Dunn said "Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party".

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Fox News attracted controversy in April 2018 when it was revealed primetime host Sean Hannity had defended Trump's then personal attorney Michael Cohen on air without disclosing Cohen was his lawyer.

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In mid-2021, Fox News agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to New York City after its Commission on Human Rights cited "a pattern of violating the NYC Human Rights Law".

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Fox News Channel feed has international availability via multiple providers, while Fox Extra segments provide alternate programming.

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Local cable news channel Sky News Australia is wholly owned by News Corp Australia and is therefore FNC's de facto sister channel, although has formal partnerships with FNC competitor CNN as well as both ABC News and CBS News.

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However, in March 2004, a Fox executive said the venture had been shelved; in November of that year, the CRTC added Fox News to its whitelist of foreign channels that may be carried by television providers.

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Fox News is available on cable through French Internet provider Free on channel 352.

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Fox News' former parent company News Corporation had a stake in both SKY and Prime until 2014.

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In Pakistan, Fox News Channel is available on PTCL Smart TV and a number of cable and IPTV operators.

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Fox News was dropped by TV8 and replaced by German news channel Deutsche Welle in September 2006.

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Fox News Channel said the decision was unrelated to 21st Century Fox's proposed acquisition of the remainder of Sky plc .

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