Fox News is no longer 'Fair & Balanced'

Anita Tucker
June 15, 2017

In a statement to Mediaite, a FOX News spokesperson confirmed that the network hasn't used the slogan in external marketing or on-air promotions since August 2016, but said "the shift has nothing to do with programming or editorial decisions".

After Ailes left the network, Fox News continued to be dogged by negative press.

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When Ailes started Fox News over 20 years ago, he made his employees undergo seminars whose central theme was 'fair and balanced, ' according to NY.

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According to an insider familiar with the tagline change - which occurred almost a year ago without public notice - the slogan will be used in promotional materials, but won't affect the network's editorial stance or mission.

Al Franken of Minnesota when he used the slogan in his book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right". As one insider explained to the publication, he would claim a potential employee wasn't "fair & balanced" because the job candidate attended a college that Ailes didn't care for.

"He would call a group of senior producers and make you watch the channel, and he'd point out stuff, like a banner that's slightly liberal", one senior producer told the magazine. "He would say, "The news is like a ship".

The decision was first made last August after Ailes was pushed out of the company under cloud of sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits. The Murdoch sons were instrumental in ousting Ailes and, eventually, Bill O'Reilly, although in both cases they did so only under significant pressure as each man's sexual harassment scandal boiled over into public view.

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