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What in the Hell is Going on at Fox News?

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Tired of all this WINNING yet? Yeah, neither am I. – Every major U.S. stock market index closed at record highs yet again on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average now sitting more than 10,000 points higher than it sat on the day Donald Trump was elected to the presidency back on that blessed day in November, 2016:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 100.51 points higher, or 0.4% at 28,235.89. The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to end the day at 3,191.45 while the Nasdaq Composite jumped 0.9% to 8,814.23.

So naturally, the Democrat politicians who hate ordinary Americans who work hard all their lives and save for their retirements are this very week planning to vote to impeach the President whose policies made this all possible. You could never make these people up. Not in a million years.

 

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What in the hell is going on at Fox News? – On Monday, Fox News came out with yet another poll whose findings are, to say the least, difficult to explain. The poll, conducted by Braun Research out of Princeton, NJ, finds that voters favor the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump by a margin of 50% to 46%. The poll’s sample of “1000 registered voters” was conducted from December 8 through December 11, basically a week ago.

Four other current polls, by Qunnipiac, CNN, NPR/PBS/Marist and USA Today/Suffolk – all notoriously slanted in favor of Democrats – all find that equation reversed, with voters opposing impeachment and removal by margins ranging from 3% to 6%. Other than NPR/PBS/Marist, all were conducted more recently than the Fox News poll, which may help to explain things. Why Fox waited five days after its poll was completed before reporting on it is a mystery.

But here’s the deal: This conduct and reporting of clear outlier polls by Fox News has now become a very clear and consistent pattern. Coincidentally or not, that pattern began to emerge in 2018 right around the time that former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was named to a seat on Fox’s board of directors. Probably just a coincidence, but damn, that was also around the time we began to see a decidedly anti-Trump slant emerge on Fox’s daytime “news” programs outside of the Shep Smith hour, which had always been a leftist love-fest.

Coincidence or not, it’s been an interesting pattern to observe. True, Fox did part ways with the insipid Mr. Smith recently, but nobody believes that was due to any concern within management about Smith’s leftist slant, which had been a consistent feature of the channel’s programming throughout the 21st century. But the anti-Trump bias across the remainder of the channel’s daytime programming remains ingrained, and growing.

Back to this latest poll, its’ sample breakdown is very odd, consisting of 46% Democrats, 41% Republicans and just 12% independents. Why Braun would choose to over-sample both Ds and Rs so significantly is hard to explain, since every estimate with any validity says that well over 30% of the public identifies as independents. But that breakdown has to be intentional.

Braun provides no information about where the sample came from geographically within the United States, but there is a big, big difference between a “Republican” living in Rhode Island or some other coastal state and a “Republican” living in Oklahoma or Louisiana or anywhere else out here in Flyover Country. If the poll’s GOP sample consisted mainly of “Republicans” like Mitt Romney or Arnold Schwarzenegger or William Weld or John Kasich, then the poll’s outlier result is entirely explainable.

Regardless, Fox’s on-air talent spent the entire day reporting the results of this clear outlier poll as if it were a real news story, which brings us to the main problem with news outlet-sponsored polls: They are conducted not to accurately gauge real voter attitudes, but to create “news” stories. Fox got to spend all day on Monday reporting the “news” that its own poll shows more voters than not favoring the removal of a duly-elected President from office. That no doubt boosted the channel’s ratings a bit and may have even helped with their street cred among their corrupt media peers.

Never mind that the poll’s results stick out like a sore thumb among those of every other poll released in the last week, Fox’s objective related to the poll – filling a significant amount of air time with a contrarian result – was achieved.

That’s not really “news” as most Americans would define it, but that is what Fox News has now become. The only question remaining for viewers to ask is “Why?”. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not clear.

Yet.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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53 thoughts on “What in the Hell is Going on at Fox News?

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  2. Gregg - December 17, 2019

    One would think, with half country in Trump’s corner, that one of the six companies/people who control news dissemination would become a true conservative “mouthpiece”. I mean basic economics and “logic” would dictate that. What an audience that would attract. Fox’s primetime line up certainly shows that is or would be a successful marketing strategy.

    Sadly we do not live in logical times. I know and appreciate the efforts of OAN, Whatfinger, Rush and Dave. But like the various attempts to break into the monopoly of the NFL by attempting to create a rival league, it is hard to create a competitive rival that gains real traction.

    In order to break into and become a truly viable major network of conservative/truthful news an already big-time well known personality has to enter the picture.

    I wish Rush would use his considerable wealth, and notoriety to create such a TV network, a news service along the lines of Bloomberg News, and a polling service that reports the true snapshot of political opinion rather than trying to influence public opinion. He could start by recruiting Fox’s big three primetime hosts as their contracts expire.

    A new well financed and backed network would quickly capture half of the news consuming audience. If that were to happen it would force the closing/bankruptcy of one or more of the other six propaganda networks. Sooner or later parent companies such as AT&T (CNN) Comcast (NBC) will tire of losing money hand over fist and quit the field. Fifteen or so years ago CBS was looking to make cuts in its News programming, then that hack Rather bitched and was able to prevail and kept their “News” programming intact.

    This is not likely to happen, but it would be great for the country if it did.

    1. Blackie The Kat - December 17, 2019

      Rush starting network…hmmm. Sounds smart………no kids and you still can’t take it with you!

      1. william - December 17, 2019

        all the networks are rotten, and fox is simply playing ‘good cop’ to the other bad cops. 9/11 was a total lie, and ALL the networks sold it to us.

        1. cjk - December 18, 2019

          Yep and the earth’s flat, the moon landing was fake, and there’s a Mossad agent under your bed.

          1. Jizmo Onyabhute - December 18, 2019

            He’s right. You’re wrong. Wake up.

        2. Marshall Gill - December 18, 2019

          Ikr?!! Those planes, loaded with jet fuel, clearly were carrying explosives!! Because a plane loaded with fuel isn’t a missile itself! Opps! Sure, it wasn’t Mohammedans who have declared a war to the death with the West but rich people wanting to steal your free health care!!! DDDDEEEERRRRRPPPPP

          1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 18, 2019

            Building 7

    2. Ray Comfort - December 17, 2019

      I dream and redream your thoughts in many different forms all the time! Such BS at FOX. I especially hate rolling into 2020 with FOX News and Zuckerberg! Let’s wallow in the mud, shall we?

    3. marty lopez - December 17, 2019

      Of course we do. We most certainly do live in logical times. You’re just not connecting all the dots so you’re missing the bigger picture. The six major media corporations are all controlled and owned by all the other corporate, establishment interests, the very same establishment interests, OBTW that own and control Wall Street’s four major banks and financial institutions, and Silicone Valley.

      We all realize that the main function of MSM is to control public opinion. Well we should. News is now a profit center, sure, but CNN certainly isn’t overly concerned with maximizing profits now is it? Nor is MSNBC. And we all know it doesn’t matter how big, or corrupt the tree that fell in the forest was, or what damage it may have done because, if the MSM doesn’t cover it; it might as well as never have happened.

      You and I are free to say whatever we please to each other, but neither of us will ever have the opportunity to address 360 Americans will we? While, on the other hand they do, 24/7 they grind on and on without any accountability whatsoever. That’s all about control. They control the airwaves, the internet and what’s left of the press. Where are you going to go and who is your daddy?

    4. Kay Sadeeya - December 17, 2019

      @Gregg. Goes to prove; the media is not a “free press” but is controlled by “FCC regulations”. And, not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist, that means a lot of Deep State Swamp hands and minds involved in the approval of stations. But to be completely conspiratorial; I believe the whole kit and kaboodle of the MSM is controlled by ouor IC and government. That’s why I never watch any television.

    5. Bill Simpson - December 17, 2019

      I have quit Foxnews.com…Too liberal.

      1. Nelda Griggs - December 18, 2019

        Agree, but the F&F anchors and contributors are still conservative. How have they been able to remain so in light of the definite shift of the network to liberal?

    6. Cat - December 17, 2019

      Murdock sons are now running the show and they are leftists, so that may be one reason. I won’t watch during the day anymore. They lie like CNN now. I comment Trump made (and I can’t remember what it was) was misquoted all day on the “FOX news update” on my local radio station where I listen to Hannity, Levin, etc. It really pisses me off, because now we have NOBODY. I got KlowdTV which has OAN, Bretbart, BlazeTV and Newsmax. It’s affordable.

    7. Kat VAnatt - December 18, 2019

      Get your news from OANN, Newsmax, and the Epoch Times (newspaper).

    8. Steven Poche - December 18, 2019

      OAN One America News. President Trump’s favorite news channel

  3. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

    Fox also shut down/blocked their own video: Maria Bartiromo, December 15, 2019.
    Fox blocked their own video! Hmmm.

    Too damning, perhaps?

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019
    2. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

      YouTube shenanigans? Maybe. But Fox, under pressure by YouTube? The fix is in.

      By the way, 23 and Me is a Google enterprise. Consider that when you give them your DNA. And 23 and Me is run by a woman who supported Cankles Clinton.

  4. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

    Dims are trying to charge President Trump with wire fraud and bribery, with a possible 20 year sentence. This is an addendum (my word) to their impeachment resolution.

    https://youtu.be/1XUrSiBfLEk

    Before they would try something so spectacularly illegal, unconstitutional and morally debased, the Dims had to have Fox on board, along with every other major media outlet. This is going to get weirder and weirder, worse and worse. Hang on and keep your powder dry.

  5. Jonesy - December 17, 2019

    Fox’s slant to the left is happening very slowly, which if they are ending support for Trump, makes sense since a major part of their viewership are conservative – they would lose their ratings dominance if they jumped too quickly.

    OAN is great but they need bigger names and a bigger budget and some reach into the core of the MSM sphere of influence. I agree a conservative news organization is sorely needed. Get all of the big names – Rush, Levin, maybe O’reilly, etc. Ingraham and Carlson aren’t ready to jump yet, but if you got enough people rowing in the same direction, it could change News dramatically.

    1. TexanForever Thompson - December 17, 2019

      A great analysis in all respects. I’ve had similar thoughts for some time. Yes, FOX is doing it slowly to avoid what’s happening to Drudge Report (a sudden switch disaster). This next year will be critical. Expect some “news” surprises. Whatever the neo-left wing leaning media is planning should soon become more evident.

  6. phineas gage - December 17, 2019

    If the question is ‘why?’, the answer is almost certainly ‘money’.

    The next question is ‘from where?’, since this shift will certainly result in a loss of ratings. Whatever they are gaining must overcome that loss. I can only assume it is large amounts of corporate cash from multinationals that want to get rid of Trump.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

      Central banks, money launderers, criminal cartels and the Deep State. Or is that just one entity?

    2. jmjt - December 17, 2019

      not a bit surprised… only turn on faux at night… carlson, Hannity & Laura… try not to visit their website either…
      its whatfinger and a few others…

    3. henryandstuff - December 17, 2019

      Businessmen cannot bribe President Donald J. Trump. Democrats are in politics for the money. That is why most businessmen register Democrat. Think Murdoch, Gates, Buffett, Bezos, Musk, Jobs….

  7. Jeff S - December 17, 2019

    Paul Ryan is on the BOD at Fox News. He’s openly advocating for FNC to split with Trump. Ryan is the worst of the worst Deep State creatures.

    1. ItsJo - December 17, 2019

      The “Rino Ryan” was always a NEVER TRUMPER, but he didn’t even stand with his own party-Republican when he was 17+ Congressman, who in all those years was responsible for only 3 items he put up for a vote-
      So unimportant, no one knows What they really were. He did NOT agree with a wall between Mexico and us, to “Protect American Citizens” but HE and his Democrat Wife/Insurance Exec., put a wall “Around THEIR property.

      Should be noted also, that Ryan NEVER stood up to Obama, the Marxist Dictator in 8 Long Years…but he was “arrogantly campaigning for the Speaker Position, that his old pal, John Boehner insisted Ryan be his replacement-Another “Never TRumper”……….now the question is WHY? Because JUST like the Corrupt Democrats, these RINO’S of the GOP, were Also “Only out for themselves-Not this Republic, Nor ‘We the citizens, because these Rino’s/Old Establishment types who held their positions for YEARS/Decades for ONLY
      “AMASSING THEIR OWN PERSONAL FORTUNES, AND WERE ON THE TAKE FROM ANY NATION ANY ONE, WHO WOULD PAY FOR THEIR VOTES IN FAVOR OF THE DONORS.” “Just like Hillary’s Scheme:
      “Pay to Play”………….

      So while Ryan is sitting on Fox’s board, you can be SURE, he is bashing Trump-Just as he/Boehner, etal-Rino’s did because “The Outsider Trump” was about to expose “ALL THE D.C. CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION AND HE WOULD DRAIN THAT SWAMP”………So of course, they are angry and STILL want to oust a sitting POTUS, who is interfering with their “Lust For Money In THEIR COFFERS” as they LIE to their
      Voter Bases(of Both Parties) to STAY in office. This is what the American people Learned about D.C. and that, is because of “Trump Exposing, what LITTLE CONGRESS DO, AND HOW LITTLE THEY EVEN WORK”

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 18, 2019

        Ryan should be looked at: how much is he worth now? Has his family been hired at high pay, like Biden’s and Kerry’s and Pelosi’s? Dig.

  8. D3F1ANT - December 17, 2019

    LOL! It isn’t news the FNC is circling the drain. Well, not financially, yet. But patriots like me are getting to the point that I only tune-in for Tucker. Just get your news from Whatfinger and AON. Who cares about Fox? If they’re so determined to alienate their viewers…let them die. They need us, we don’t need them.

    1. marty lopez - December 17, 2019

      My cable company cox cable requires I subscribe to Fox. I can block it, but I still have to pay for it.

  9. Ben Colder - December 17, 2019

    I have quit Fox News they are just another CNN and I will Not watch crap.I hope that Hannity and some others start their own news network I have heard rumors hope they do.Hardly anything worth watching on TV some on New max but not much.

  10. Kaite - December 17, 2019

    Let’s not forget that Rupert Murdoch handed over complete control of Fox News to his very lefty sons, who now run it as they see fit.

  11. beau - December 17, 2019

    Rupert Murdoch handed control to his son(s?), both of whom are lefties. that is the ‘why’ of the change.

    1. henryandstuff - December 17, 2019

      Murdochs also changed Foxnews into a supermarket checkout style tabloid. Airheads and bimbos love it.

  12. alonzo1956 - December 17, 2019

    What is going on at Fox News? Paul Ryan has been on the BOD for some time now and he hates Trump. I hope Laura, Tucker and some of the rest start their own TV channel and abandon Fox to the dustbin.

  13. Charles Aronowitz - December 17, 2019

    I’ve greatly reduced the amount of time I watch Fox. I’m not interested in the regurgitation of Democrat Party talking points spouted by the likes of Williams and left-wing guests of Tucker. I prerecord some mostly tolerable programs and fast-forward through the crap.

  14. rob - December 17, 2019

    Disney bought Fox. End of story.

  15. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

    Sons of prominent figures often go bad: the sons of Eli; the sons of Samuel; several of the sons of David (primarily Absalom,) while the sons of bad men sometimes are good: Jonathan, son of King Saul; sons of Korah (Korah, the modern-day version being Schiff and Nadler); and others.

    In Fox News case, Murdoch raised hellions who are defiant, nasty and self-important, and who have turned Fox online into a British tabloid. It has become an obscenity.

    Congress should be required to report any jobs from foreign or domestic interests of their children, their husbands or wives, and should be required to recuse themselves from any conflicts of interest. As in this from LiberttyDaily:
    https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/16/ukrainian-oligarch-paid-700000-to-the-husband-of-a-house-judiciary-committee-democrat/

    “Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine.”

    The Ukranian is…well, not a good actor. Leave it at that.

    And we all know a certain talentless, milquetoast Clinton (no, not Hillary) who nailed a $600,000 gig at NBC. (Is that available to our kids, NBC? Why not?)

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

      Furthermore, when parents did abominable things, they weren’t the only ones who paid: Daniel’s false accusers were joined by their children and wives to meet the lions. Also Achan, who was stoned with his family in the Book of Joshua. A notable exception: Korah’s sons.

      So we are told we cannot comment on the families of the corrupt politicians and Deep State, because they are “off limits.” Funny how the Left never ceased to attack the children and wives of Presidents Trump and both Bushes and Nixons. What has happened is that this gentleman’s agreement has been used to let Pelosi’s brat, Biden’s brat, Kerry’s brat and others skate. Can’t touch them: they’re not “fair game.”

      Well now they are, by the rules set by the Left, but also because there is Biblical precedent. Let them swing along with their parents, or be thrown in the same den of hungry lions, if they are as corrupt as their parents.

    2. Kay Sadeeya - December 17, 2019

      @Jimmy MacAffee. Good points (I likethe Bible references); and you reminded me of Chil-fil-A, the founder died recently and his children assumed ownership and they have gone from Christian-conservative, supporting the Salvation Army, to demonicrat-immoral supporting Planned Parenthood.

  16. phineas gage - December 17, 2019

    I think the death of Roger Ailes had a lot to do with it as well. That is the moment when things really began to go downhill at Fox.

  17. ComfortablySmug - December 17, 2019

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  18. AmericanKim - December 17, 2019

    It’s pretty simple. 2 things.
    1) PAUL RYAN is on the board
    2) James & Laclan MURDOCH have taken over and JAMES is a HUGE LEFTIST.
    It’s that simple.

  19. Bill Garrison - December 17, 2019

    POLLEGANDA – Using polling data to drive public opinion

  20. Lizzie - December 17, 2019

    This isn’t rocket science…. Lauchlin and James, pushed by their leftie globalist wives, want to be part of the Cool Club of journ-o-lists. You know, where all the trust fund babies without identities of their own go to live.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 17, 2019

      Known in the book Radical Chic as “red diaper babies.” (Tom Wolfe was decades ahead of his time.) That, and “Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers.” A must read – both of them.

  21. Kay Sadeeya - December 17, 2019

    Reminds me of the story in Bernard Goldberg’s excellent book; “Bias” where he tells how CBS news sent a couple of reporters; “into the south to find stories about ‘white on black’ crimes.” After a period of time (I think it was two weeks) they reported not finding anything, but offered other alternative stories. Goldberg said they were told; “no, keep looking”. The “news” entertainment business needs to show the “news” that sells (“excites”) the emerging leftist culture, which keeps it’s Board Of Directors and share-holders happy.

    So going out and finding a friendly “anti-Trump” poll is easy, just use whatever finagle factor that gives you the desired result. And I guarantee you not one low-information viewer of the MSM will sweat the details like you did Mr. Blackmon. And even if some did the damage is done and the Fake News got their data published.

  22. Kay Sadeeya - December 17, 2019

    The point about the under-sampling of “independents”, in the poll, is telling. More than outright defection, I think the Democrats fear most the move of “Indies” to Trump, which is what seems to be the trend.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 18, 2019

      They’re terrified. Desperation shows.

  23. SergioBungholio - December 18, 2019

    Fox is now run by liberals. Its the same as Drudge Report. Everything liberals touch becomes a failure

  24. Dan - December 18, 2019

    Left FOX! One America News , for me now.

  25. Jimmy MacAfee - December 18, 2019

    Fox News hired someone with obvious knowledge about the plot to bring an end to President Trump and VP Pence; her tweet shows complicity:

    Donna Brazil-nut:
    “Take out the hash tags and it reads, “Madam Speaker today, President Pelosi shortly thereafter. Martin Luther King Weekend is underway. Keep Hope Alive!” That is definitely a message to someone. Either a signal to others that it’s a go, or a warning, or both. The obvious part of this message is Madam Speaker today, President Pelosi shortly thereafter. Both with hashtags – so it wasn’t a mistake. It was directly intended to read as it was written.”
    https://themarshallreport.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/donna-brazils-bazaar-president-pelosi-tweet/

    Now why would Fox hire someone who clearly had advance notice of the guy headed to the Whitehouse with a missile? And where is he and his prosecution?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46908505
    https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/forsyth-county-man-charged-with-plot-to-attack-white-house-fbi-says/905525963/

    Not a word about his prosecution. And the local who reported him would not have been sufficient for the FBI to intervene: they would have made an oopsie, and Pelosi would have been sworn in on Air Farce One, specially outfitted as a SCIF and with Adam Schiff aboard, as well as Pelosi’s family. They never left the ground, because the plot was exposed (you’re welcome.) And Air Force One was used to transport members of the Trump family to safety.

    So why is Fox not aware of this? Ummmmm…short answer? They were. And are. Brazil-nut should be in Guantanamo, being waterboarded.

  26. Marilyn Renee - December 18, 2019

    Likely Soros pays Ryan well. Ryan has had it in for Trump from the start. The stiff can’t figure out why the people want Trump over him. DUH!

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