Is Fox News a victim of its own success?

In its 18 years of existence, Fox News Channel has been a big ratings and financial success. But as a political influence, the network has been something of a bust. For example, in four of the five presidential elections since the launch of Fox, Democratic candidates have carried the popular vote. Nor did Fox’s round-the-clock disparagement of Barack Obama prevent him from winning two terms as president in electoral landslides. Oliver Willis argues HERE that Fox is now pretty much just talking to itself: Fox is a victim of its own...

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Fox News anchor suddenly seems not to fit in with the crazies on his channel

Neil Cavuto of Fox News Channel is never going to be mistaken for a reincarnation of Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow. For a brief moment or two today, however, Cavuto waxed uncharacteristically reasonable, as we see HERE: Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted Republicans on Wednesday for preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama. During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Cavuto belittled the effort as “an enormous waste of effort” and “a political football,” suggesting that...

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Shep Smith has a curious penchant for defying Fox News orthodoxy

The only semblance of political sanity occasionally emanating from the regular lineup of talking heads on Fox News Channel is offered by afternoon anchor Shepard Smith. Consider THIS, for example: Fox News anchor Shepard Smith provided some useful history on Friday about many of the same people who are now pressuring the Obama administration to take military action in Iraq, where Islamic militants have overrun two cities in recent days as they march toward Baghdad. Smith kicked off his afternoon broadcast with a recap of the deteriorating...

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Study: Fox News viewers are not well informed about immigration

THIS should come as no surprise to anyone other those folks who depend on Fox News to keep up on the real world: Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to be uninformed about the immigration system and less likely to support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants than those who trust other news sources, according to a sweeping new study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution and Public Religion Research Institute. Of the Americans who trust Fox News to give them the most accurate information about politics and...

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Former Rockford TV reporter peddles questionable theory that Bowe Bergdahl is a jihadist

The latest effort by Fox News Channel to demonize Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl before the facts are in is a story from reporter James Rosen (above), who used to work at WREX-TV in Rockford, claiming that Bergdahl “converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a ‘mujahid,’” This claim was all the talk this morning among hosts of “Fox & Friends,” no matter that the scandalous theory is not exactly well-sourced, as we see HERE: [T]he Fox News story that sparked the discussion, written by reporter James...

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