Rupert Murdoch declared in a recent interview that “Fox News has saved the Republican Party.” (http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2014/04/10/rupert-murdoch-fox-news-has-saved-republican-party/4EdBwiOLfZydwvqIDmmFsJ/story.html) In the interview he talked about how Fox News had “given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN.”
First of all, I would say that Murdoch is suggesting that Fox News is not “fair and balanced” by making this statement. If he has conceded that Fox News commentators have provided a voice for the conservative movement, it is more than just objective reporting. I find it hard to say that a truly objective news source could become a voice to advance any political movement, liberal or conservative. If Fox News were truly objective they would have allowed as many liberal commentators and guests to throw punches and counter-punches as conservative ones. Anyway, we have all known for years that Fox News is not objective.
I would like to seriously question Murdoch’s contention that the Republican Party was dying before Fox News came into existence in 1996 too. If you remember the Republicans had taken over both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years when Murdoch gave birth to Fox News. A majority of the nation’s governors were also Republican. The Republicans had only just finished their 12-year hold of the White House too. They, furthermore, lost the White House in 1992 only because the United States was in a recession, and it is difficult for an incumbent president to win reelection in an economic downturn. The gains the Republicans had made since losing the White House in 1992 also suggests that the party had found other strong modes for enhancing itself. Fox News did not make the day for Republicans.
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