Wednesday, December 3, 2014

FOX Impacts Local News

Ken O’Brien

There are a disturbing number of places around the U.S. where you don't have to turn on Fox News to end up watching it.

That's because Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes' 21st Century Fox owns and operates 28 stations in major media markets across the country. And while these stations might seem independent, Fox uses them to push misinformation to viewers like you.

By operating local stations, Fox News executives can transmit key right-wing talking points to large numbers of people who don't watch cable news. And with Fox-owned stations now reaching 37% of U.S. television audiences, that's a huge opportunity for the conservative media.

Local news stations fall into two categories: "owned and operated" stations, where content is controlled by a network or larger parent company, and "affiliate" stations that are not owned by a central network. Fox affiliates frequently spread misinformation in much the same way as the “owned and operated” stations.

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