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Fox News Is Corrupt and Unethical

Posted on | February 27, 2016 | 48 Comments

It was never a good idea for conservatives to put all their media eggs in Rupert Murdoch’s basket, and this story about Marco Rubio’s role in the 2013 “Gang of Eight” deal explains why:

A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.
Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.
Mr. Murdoch, an advocate of immigration reform, and Mr. Ailes, his top lieutenant and the most powerful man in conservative television, agreed at the Jan. 17, 2013, meeting to give the senators some breathing room.
But the media executives, highly attuned to the intensifying anger in the Republican grass roots, warned that the senators also needed to make their case to Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who held enormous sway with the party’s largely anti-immigrant base. . . .

Read the whole thing. (Hat-tip: Mark Krikorian on Twitter.)



  • Mike G.

    Well, the #FreeStacy hash tag is back auto loading now.

    I rarely watch Fox News anymore. Their on air personalities have become smug pretentious asses because of their success. And I don’t believe most of them are as conservative as they purport to be. They just played us for a bunch of fools over the years.

  • smitty

    One America News Network.

  • DeadMessenger

    I say this at work all the time about software salesmen: Assume everything out of their mouths is a lie until proven otherwise, and you will never get burned. Same thing applies to ALL salesmen. And ALL media. Fortunately, Stacy puts his citations right in his articles, or links to them, so it’s easy with him.

  • Mike G.

    One World News Network


  • DeadMessenger

    Dear Senator Rubio,

    You are a weasel. I’ve lived in Florida my whole life, and I voted for you once. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Not gonna happen.

    And by the way, everytime I happened to pop by your office in downtown Orlando, no one was ever there. What’s up with that?

    Your former supporter,


  • Ilion

    I always knew that Fox wasn’t conservative.

  • Matt_SE

    You could feel over the last 7 years that Fox was becoming establishment…becoming safe. There was some Sunday show they had years ago that got canceled because the executives didn’t want investigations of Fox sponsors. I can’t remember the name…it had a man and woman reporter.
    Ever since then, it’s been a slow slide.
    That’s what happens when there’s no competition.

  • DeadMessenger

    TWTR: “The #FreeStacy hash tag is back auto loading now, so no one can say we’re discriminating against conservatives.”


  • DeadMessenger

    You could accurately say, though, that they were slightly more conservative than, for example, LRNBC (Leni Riefenstahl NBC).

  • Jason Lee

    On a tangent…

    “the party’s largely anti-immigrant base…”

    “Anti-immigrant”, “anti-immigration” and “anti-illegal immigration” aren’t the same things. (On the other hand “anti-American” and “Democrat” are roughly interchangeable.)

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Media is what it is: Mostly a form of prostitution. Sure there is a myth of the prostitute with the heart of gold–and I do not want to suggest that can never exist. Still, good luck finding that.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Fox News has been pushing Rubio this whole primary season, and giving the rest of the airtime to Trump when they’re not fellating Rubio.

    I’ve seen people say they’ve stopped watching Fox News because CNN of all places is actually covering the GOP primaries more fairly.

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  • Ilion

    Damning with faint praise, are we?

  • RKae

    Fox has always been about pandering. Their facade of “We’re fair and balanced…” (whisper) “…but you right-wingers know we’re really your pals, right? Wink, wink!” was always countered by their “entertainment” shows which were among the most disgusting and (I’m gonna say it) satanic on TV.

    They’ve always wanted both sides of the fence to think they’re cool.

  • RKae

    My head’s gonna pop if I have to hear the phrase “immigration reform” one more time.

    If I come home and my neighbors are flopped on my sofa, watching my TV and rummaging through my fridge, I would ask them, “What the hell are you doing in here?” When they say, “Oh, our cable got shut off and there’s no food in our fridge, so we broke into your place,” I would not think, “Gee, I need to reform.”

    I would throw them out, lock the door, and the devil take the hindmost.

  • ArdvarkMaster

    RUBIO! – working the long con

  • Squid Hunt #BootTwitter

    Fox has turned conservatives into reactionary little neocons. All they have to do is snap their fingers and conservatives start snarling about blowing people up, cause we’re America and our freedoms are better than their freedoms.

  • kilo6

    I agree, but I’d make a small exception for the writers on The Simpsons, after all they called the current political situation 15 years ago

  • Art Deco

    You recall the recent imbroglio over Marc Ambinder acting as an extension of HRC’s press office in 2009, happily allowing her press agent to dictate the content of his news stories? He’s not losing his job. The decline in the economic prospects of journalists mean you’re getting people who are absolutely the dregs.

  • kilo6

    A few years ago I heard someone say “reform” actually stands for “Remarkably Effective F**k-Over Method” and that’s definitely appropriate for this so-called immigration reform.

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  • Matt_SE

    And the dregs are one reason journalism is declining. A very “circle of life” thing there.

  • Matt_SE

    Yep. There’s a virtual embargo on Cruz. The fix is in.

  • CrustyB

    I’ve never watched FOX news and I haven’t watched any television news program in about 20 years. When a lib gives me one of his “You have to stop being brainwashed by FOX news, dude” speeches I tell them that and then they stare blankly at me for ten minutes. Their little mental database of bumper-sticker comebacks just breaks down.

  • JadedByPolitics

    Anyone who watched MarcO and listened to talk radio in 2013 knows that this is being painted with quite a broad brush, Ingraham never bought in to amnesty, she is why Brat is in and Cantor is out. Rush had MarcO on twice to explain his bill but NEVER said nor intimated it was a good bill, Levin has NEVER tried to sell amnesty.

    Lets get to the ones who did, Hannity who didn’t try to sell it but let MarcO come on night after night to whine and cajole and gave him no pushback. O’Reilly who has been an amnesty pusher since Bush’s 2005 bill.

  • daialanye

    This place is beginning to sound like conspiracy headquarters, though due to having cut the cable connection three years back I’m in no position to respond by citing actual viewings. Someone tell me, though—has Greg Gutfeld also sold out?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Fox is just typical news slanted slightly right on the spectrum. CNN is way left (mostly) and MSNBC might as well have its studios in Venezuela or Cuba.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Most of of them Megan Kelly and Chris Wallace for instance don’t purport to be conservative. We shouldn’t assume they are just because they’re not as flaming as Vapid Hair.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Saudi money.

  • Adobe_Walls

    But our freedoms are better than their freedoms.

  • robertstacymccain

    You should examine the history of Fox News, particularly how, when Geraldo Rivera insulted Michelle Malkin, Bill O’Reilly sided with Rivera. When was the last time you saw Michelle Malkin on Fox News? Or, for that matter, what about Mark Krikorian? Fox News executives are pro-amnesty, but most conservative journalists are silent about that organizational bias because they don’t want to cut themselves from a potential source of publicity.

  • Bumr50

    Preach. I interrupted a spirited barroom argument last year (and broke my rule of never discussing politics in bars here around largely pro-union Pittsburgh) by simply stating that I was a libertarian leaning conservative and that I and almost everyone I know of the same political bent didn’t watch Fox News and largely couldn’t stand the outlet.

    It was like I was arguing that the sky was indeed yellow. I was floored by the reaction.

    I think that hardcore Dems think that by watching FNC they completely understand the right wing in this nation.

  • McGehee

    I stopped watching Fox News Network because it, as much as CNN and MSNBC, ignores my instructions to shove the talking points and just tell me what happened.

    I really don’t need a representative from both major political parties to comment on the longterm political consequences of a car chase in Reseda.

  • Squid Hunt #BootTwitter

    All the more reason to attack them preemptively.

  • CaptDMO

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Not gonna happen”
    Sheesh (ok, I can’t spell that avatar DM)
    If your going to go all party of Lincoln on the folks who pretend to follow it..go full Abraham on their (and Rupert’s) buttocks.
    You can fool ALL of the people SOME of the time
    You can fool SOME of the people ALL of the time
    You CAN”T fool ALL of the people ALL of the time.

  • CrustyB

    I don’t think Dems understand that conservatism has been around long before Fox News came on the air. Conservatives don’t sit around thinking “Jeez, I don’t know where I stand on this issue. I better turn on Fox!” Fox came on in 1996 for pete’s sake. I’ve been a conservative since I supported Reagan in 1979.

  • CaptDMO

    SEE: The Blaze

  • CaptDMO

    Hmmm….and rock salt take the hindmost?

  • Jeanette Victoria

    One of the positive things abut dumping TV I no longer see commercials or watch the pablum that is called news these days

  • CaptDMO

    Kinda’ like abortion, and “FREE” abortion on demand, AND for minor girls without parental notification, AND as a means of repeated contraception, AND excluded from the PP ACA electronic record keeping system, AND in any mini mall 5hit hole butcher shop, are NOT the same to
    Old Rich White Handsome Intelligent Funny Conservative Taxpayer Males, with big…feet, and can Sing well! (Hey, I gave it a shot)
    How old? Crusty B cited Reagan. There’s a News photo of me with Goldwater on the campaign trail!
    (ok, ok, I think I was 4)

  • daialanye

    Jerry Rivers, Bill O’Reilly, that pretty-boy who’s on early, Martha MacCallum or whatever her name is—these people are no more conservative than Donald Trump. Still, it’s the best thing we’ve got, so let’s slap them around on immigration but not classify them as all-RINO, allatime.

  • Fail Burton

    MSNBC positioning itself for access to Trump almost certainly got Melissa Harris-Perry let go. That’s a win for America right there. That obnoxious bigot did nothing but preach racial incitement

    It’s a case of ratings. They took one look at the balance sheet and off the racist went.

  • Joe Joe

    Maybe she’ll auction off her tampon earrings.

  • Prime Director

    Well played, “elain”

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  • Fail Burton

    If she fell back on her actual innate talents she’d be selling Bic pens and razor blades from some plastic tarp by the side of some muddy dirt road, none of which she could manufacture, not even the dirt road.