Why I pay attention to Foxnews.com

Why I pay attention to Foxnews.com

Summary: For a recent off-site event that the Horn Group (a PR agency) held for itself in Boston, I was asked to join a panel discussion on Media in a Post-Media World and during that discussion, each of the panelists was asked what news sites and blogs they watched.  One I failed to mention (probably because it was too embarrassing to admit) was Foxnews.

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For a recent off-site event that the Horn Group (a PR agency) held for itself in Boston, I was asked to join a panel discussion on Media in a Post-Media World and during that discussion, each of the panelists was asked what news sites and blogs they watched.  One I failed to mention (probably because it was too embarrassing to admit) was Foxnews.com.  Today, I'm reminded of why I watch that site even though I don't subscribe to the new outlet's "fair and balanced" tagline.  They get the scoops. At the time I wrote this blog, while Foxnews has a story about new video footage aired by Al Jazeera showing Bin Laden meeting with the 9/11 hijackers, CNN.com, CBSNews.com, the New York Times, and the Google News home page (my other mainstream news haunts) have nothing. Occasionally, there's a price to pay for turning to Foxnews because of its scoops. They're not always 100 percent accurate.  But there's usually enough truth in those stories to qualify them as scoops which is why the news junkie in me keeps his browser pointed at Foxnews.

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  • Doesn't FoxNews have RSS?

    I mean, why do I have to keep my browser pointed to it? Why not just my newsreader.

    Over the last few years, even the most hidebound US newspapers have begun supporting RSS. They don't support it with all stories -- they want people coming to the site. But they found that when they didn't, their audience didn't know they were alive.

    FoxNews has also shared in this silliness. For a long time they didn't support links to specific stories, which they called "deep links." Every link one tried to write went back to their home page. There are still some news sites (mainly in TV) that will, after some seconds, take you off the story you clicked to and deposit back to their home page. (See 11alive.com for an example.)

    Oh, and that Al-Jazeera "scoop?" CNN had that film by 2 PM.

    The point is that those of us who want to stay on top of the news still face resistance from the news business, and that the value of a "scoop" diminishes day by day.

    Better to get it right than first. Best to get it both right and first.
    DanaBlankenhorn
    • FoxNews has RSS? - Yes they do!

      I downloaded their to my RSS aggregator at least two years ago. They are one of my news sources. If you go to the website, they have a large link down at the bottom of all the pages.

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,147142,00.html
      sueyarko
  • I watch Fox

    I realize Fox may not be popular in the land of fruits and nuts :), but it's quite popular in the midwest. I've seen as much negative press about bad press on the other stations to really come to the conclusion that all of them are biased. Unfortunately, it seems to be a larger issue when that biased reporting comes out to the center or right. I don't get it, honestly.
    Douglas Karr
    • The vocal Left

      I think its more of the fact that Fox news is a rarity because it does slant to the right. When most of the major news outlets (like NYT) go pretty far left, people are led to believe that it is "unbiased reporting" because they see it everywhere. Therefore, when a major news outlet does go right it seen as wrong. Of course, it could just be the fact that Fox is more overt about their intentions than other outlets.

      Remember, everyone wears tinted glasses when they view the world. The only real question is, what color are yours?
      Rbust0
    • Welcome to the world of bias

      The "liberal" media has been sacked by conservatives for decades as wrong or biased. About time the "right wing" media catch some flak.
      ds2719
    • The problem with Fox News...

      is that they claim to be "fair and balanced" while intentionally skewing to the right. The usual justification for it is that the rest of the media is on the left so Fox is trying to counterbalance, but if that's their intent they should be up front about it and drop the F&B BS.

      The big difference I see is that the majority of professional journalists (note majority != all) from other news outlets intend to engage in unbiased reporting. Now there are many obvious occasions when those journalists' left (or even right)-leaning personal views color their reporting, but that's human nature and most reasonably intelligent people can take it into account. By contrast most of Fox's people intentionally provide a conservative view without admitting that as a goal and that, IMHO, makes their reporting less trustworthy.
      PretzelBoy
      • Unbiased?

        I don't generally get my news from Fox.
        In my opinion the problem isn't that the reporters for other sources are biased. Reporters don't generally pick which stories get broadcast or printed or web published. That is the job of the editors. While there may be many reporters working for a news organization there are generally only a few editors. Many times an editor can make the news seem unbiased, but is really controlling the slant of the news by picking which issues and stories are seen and even in which order they are broadcast or placed in a newspaper or webpage.
        Believe that there are no WMD in Iraq? Bury that story about use of chemical weapons by insurgents on page 12 or push it after the weather and many fewer people will see it than if you lead off with it or put it on the front page of the site. Works just as well for the right. Big headlines on Presidential infadelity, nothing on how NAFTA will depress wages for anyone not in the top few percent, (back in the 90's.)
        carlino
  • Don't get it...

    Remember, you need to buy into the "conservative=evil" message from the left wing-nuts for much of the complaints about FOXnews to make any sense.

    Steve
    aureolin
  • slant

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    If you turn your head to the left, so all of
    the slashes seem up right, the middle one is
    seems slanted to the right. Does that make it
    slanted, or just your head crooked?
    The most left wing doves, would be the first
    the Islamo-fascists would put before the wall.
    SirLanse