Fox News Takes Heat for Move Toward Center
It's part of Roger Ailes' 'course correction'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2012 5:38 PM CST
Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's 'The O'Reilly Factor,' at FOX Studios on December 15, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Is Fox News shifting to the center, relatively speaking? Politico thinks so, tracing it back to a "course correction" ordered by Roger Ailes last fall. He wanted Fox to move away from Tea Party "cheerleading" and to tone down the far-right rhetoric, writes Politico's Keach Hagey. "A casual Fox viewer might barely notice the changes since the network remains critical of the Obama administration and reliably conservative opinion voices, like (Sean) Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, still anchor key spots in the Fox firmament. But the changes are there."

The channel is pushing its straight-news hosts, getting tougher on Republican candidates, and even hiring contributors like Sally Kohn, a gay liberal commentator. For many conservatives, though, Fox has gone too far. "I’ve gone from all Fox to no Fox," says radio host John Fredericks. "I feel they’ve lost that independent conservative mantra." If Fox is seeking a wider audience, it's doing the right thing, says a media professor. "It’s a smart move to get slightly less conservative and draw in some people in the middle and slightly to the left."

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Feb 16, 2012 10:33 PM CST
I remember when Bill O'Reilly was just an entertainment reporter on some show like 'E' and FOX was just a cable channel. Then Rupert bought it and got rid of every person he couldn't use and turned the whole thing into what it is today. Poor Bill was still so new at it that he was still trying to fuck the hired help and when Rupert paid her off to the tune of a few million and repackaged him as a 'Culture Warrior'--well, then he owed him big--didn't he? Rupert gets a piece of every single thing that Bill does--he didn't have that contract with Beck. Notice any Beck there? It's all about the dollar. It's always about the dollar. MSNBC, CNN all of them are about the dollars. If you want the news read a paper or watch ABC, CBS or NBC. They all lose money to tell you what's going on. That's why we were smarter before 1982 when Ted Turner decided to make money off news. We just got the news--thank you--not some fart's opinion of the news.
Feb 16, 2012 3:28 PM CST
I watch Faux news with the sound off---more informative. Glenn Beck was on the other night, and he was wearing: One tee shirt 2 button down shirts, both open at the collar 1 sports? jacket He looked more layered than an HGTV bedroom for little girls...
Feb 15, 2012 10:57 AM CST
If the people running MSNBC had a piece of a brain, THEY ALSO would do a course correction. CNN seems a little bit less liberal than it once was, and Fox seems to be less far right. O'Reilly has been a bit hard to label - at least in recent years -- at times supporting actions Obama has taken. I can't say the same for Hannity, who has a laundry list of far right wing talking-point phrases he uses over and over again. If the majority of news media had any integrity, you would find ALL networks hard to label. Sadly, right now, that's not true. I watch both CNN and Fox. You can find varying perspectives on both those networks. I only occasionally check out what's going on at MSNBC, as it's SO ridiculously slanted, it's hard to watch. I check occasionally just to see if anything's changed.