Fox News saw a huge hike in ratings after 9/11 when it introduced the news ticker that ran along the bottom of the stream to provide new information and breaking developments throughout the day. This device has since become a fixture in rolling TV news. The same device was used for subsequent events: the Boston Marathon, Hurricane Katrina, and the Iraq War, indicating American’s reliance on the right in a national crisis.
Fox’s ongoing spinning against Obama and his administration by Hannity, Glenn Beck and co caused the president to entirely shun the network and start an uneasy relationship with press secretary Rahm Emmanuel. Aisles met with senior counsel David Axelrod to discuss anything that could possibly ease relations. It was then that Fox News inspired the Tea Party grassroots movement. Also, around this time, it was also concluded by one poll that Fox’s audience was America’s least well-informed. In 2011, viewers were 12% more likely to believe that job losses would result from a federal stimulation package and 31% more likely to believe that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.
Moving ahead to 2019, Fox appears to be in its element under the national leadership of President Trump. The former Apprentice host loves the morning show Fox and friends to such a degree that many people have expressed concern that it affects his decision. He called the show on the First Lady’s birthday to give a rambling interview, with the hosts appealing visibly uncomfortable. Trump is also believed to have nightly conversations with Hannity and Fox has called for the sacking of FBI special counsellor Robert Mueller for investigating President’s trumps ties to election meddling by the Russians.
Allegations and hypocrisy
Fox has received such criticism for displaying hypocrisy regarding its coverage of sexual harassment news items revolving around the likes of celebrities such as Louis CK and Harvey Weinstein, bearing in mind the allegations made against Aisles and O’Reilly, along with other Fox seniors executives like Eric Bolling. Laura Ingham and Tucker Carlson challenged the Washington Post’s coverage of the Roy Moore scandal while Hannity contested the allegations made against him.
Fox’s Laura Ingham has also managed to offend, with 27 sponsors boycotting her after he attacked 17-year-old David Hogg. The boy, who had survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, campaigned for stronger legislation for gun control. Shep Smith annoyed the network and possibly alienated viewers when he debunked a uranium “scandal” tied to Hillary Clinton. Fox seemed determined to connect the story with Clinton. Despite all this, Fox News seems to only get stronger and will shortly be launching its very own streaming service.
A movie about the rise and fall of Roger aisles, starring Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and with Jay Roach directing, is one event that the network won’t be looking forward to. Other than that, however, there doesn’t seem to be too much on the horizon to stop the Fox machine.