Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Conservatives Have Growing Concern Over Fox News

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Roger Ailes, decades ago, saw something unique in a local talk show host named Rush Limbaugh--became his representative and advocate---and the rest is history.

For the past 20 years Fox News owner, billionaire Australian, liberal, Rupert Murdoch, has given Ailes free reign as he has built the most powerful and influential conservative voice in modern news media.

The profits have rolled in, while conservatives, including myself, have tuned in producing record ratings.

Now as Murdoch is turning Fox News over to his sons, things are changing, and conservatives are becoming concerned.

As long as the profits rolled in, Murdoch virtually never meddled in Ailes' world---even when his own family protested. And they did protest.

Roger Ailes told the Hollywood Reporter, one of the two most influential media publications in America--- "He lets me run it, he doesn't bother me much." That was as lately as last April.

The HR story linked above is a fascinating profile of Ailes, his life and his beliefs if you are interested in the man who actually built Fox News.

Now things are changing at Fox News.

New York Magazine, not a conservative voice, is reporting that according to highly placed sources, Murdoch is upping his presence at Fox as Ailes becomes less visible to anchors and producers, signaling a shift that marks a new chapter in the network's history.

Every day there is a secretive high level meeting between Ailes and the network's senior lieutenants where the most sensitive matters are discussed.

It has been that way since Fox News began in 1996.

Murdoch is now attending every day.

Fox News executives see this as a "striking change" from the norm.

Eighty four year old Murdoch is in the process of replacing 75 year old Roger Ailes.

Ailes threatened to quit this past summer when Murdoch announced that Ailes would now be reporting to Murdoch's sons Lachlan and James. Murdock stepped back after Ailes threatened to quit, and announced Ailes would continue to report to him---and his sons---who are taking over the entire Media Empire News Corp.

Murdoch wants an uneventful transition because Fox News is valued at a little more than $15 billion and generates as much as 30% of all Murdoch's profits.

Wall Street will certainly be watching. Conservatives should also be paying attention.

Most likely either Michael Clemente or Bill Shine, both already with Fox News, will be chosen to replace Roger Ailes.

Neither of these two share Roger Ailes' passion or understanding of conservatism which is rooted in his days working as a media adviser to Ronald Reagan.

More importantly, Murdoch's sons, Lachlan and James, are not comfortable with conservative values, much less Christian conservative values.

Several years ago I was in New York City on a business matter---nothing to do with Fox. The man I was meeting with told me over dinner that he represented one of Rubert Murdoch's sons, which led to a conversation about Fox News.

In that conversation, which I had not thought about until recently, he told me that when "Rupert's boys take over, Fox News will dramatically change." He said they "share none of the conservatism found on the news channel."

That process is apparently in motion.

I mention this today only to inform you of what is going on behind the scenes---it will, at some point, effect what you see on your TV screen.

New York Magazine notes, "During this year's fractious Republican primary, Fox isn't functioning like the disciplined campaign it's historically been."

"There's no directive on anything," one high level executive told NY Magazine.

Internally, executives are saying the clearest sign of this leadership vacuum is the network's erratic handling of Trump in the wake of his feud with Megyn Kelly.

Fox News is now facing the same kind of grassroots rebellion the GOP is facing. Conservatives, including Tea Party folks, who support one of several conservative candidates are starting to publicly express that they are fed-up with the direction Fox is going.

Rush Limbaugh said recently he "no longer watches any cable news." A friend of Limbaugh told the New York Magazine reporter the comment was directed at Fox News.

Several other prominent conservatives told the NY Magazine they're upset that Fox has been pushing Marco Rubio, while being openly hostile toward Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Michelle Malkin says she recently quit Fox as a contributor because of their position, which is Murdoch's personal position, on immigration. In fact, in her new book, "Sold Out," she calls Murdoch a "treacherous bedfellow."

She also said she is sick and tired of seeing Lindsay Graham plastered all over Fox when conservatives don't care about him.

So far, all this has not hurt Fox News ratings, but Michelle Malkin and others believe it will over time. She says, "There is nowhere else on TV to go."

"There is a big opportunity" for another alternative news source, she says.

Millions of conservatives, myself included, have looked to Fox News for coverage of events that the other networks either refuse to cover, or so revise it becomes wearisome and deceptive.

My point? There is great deception in our culture today. It is sometimes presented by direct messaging which is usually easy to see. But sometimes deception is nuanced and more difficult to spot.

Someone has said recently, "We should continue to watch Fox, but not continue to trust them. They are no longer fair or balanced."

A time for discernment.

Discernment is the ability to decide between truth and error.

Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth.

The ability to think with discernment is synonymous with the ability to think biblically.

Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Blessed.


  1. I have known for sometime that Murdock's sons do not share the values of Mr. Ailes. During that time one of his sons who was slated to take over Fox earlier was not able to do so.

    If his sons take over Fox it will go the way of MSNBC and a new provider of fair and balanced new will arise.

    Unfortunately for the stockholders this could amount to a large loss of their equity in their Fox holdings.

    Let us hope and pray that Ailes can hold on until after the 2016 election. Martin W. Howser

  2. Thank you, Gary Randall, for this excellent piece. I was just praying this morning for the Holy Spirit's voice of truth would be allowed into every aspect of society. We need truth in our marriages, our families, our businesses, our courts, our schools, our media and legislative halls. Lord I pray that we would invite your presence back into our nation again.

  3. It has been obvious for some time that a shift was taking place. News is not only what is aired, but what is omitted. We used to go to FOX for those stories, but not any more. The sons will probably kill the goose that laid the golden egg. I will pray for a new outlet that truly represents our views.

  4. Fox News has always been a neo conservative Republican news outlet. It has never had a pro Christian worldview or even close to a original intent Constitutional viewpoint. Rupert Murdock has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for many years. The CFR controls the major media left and right in this country and has for many years. The primary goal of the CFR is world government thru regional govt's like the EU and the proposed TPP Trans Pacific Partnership. Spokane

  5. Time for Breitbart TV?

  6. Breitbart or The Blaze would be my choice until the Big Government people take over the Internet totally.

  7. This is all very disturbing. Why would Fox News want to be like the others that have crummy ratings? The Blaze TV will benefit from all of this.

  8. In our society majority of the children gets education for degree purpose and so that they make a good career but few people in this world thinks that the triune purpose of education is to make minds, not careers and technology jobs is there to help.


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