Monday, September 22, 2008

Fox Changing it's Image?

by Alex Mazer

After discussion in a couple classes this week about media bias and which networks have biases and which do not, I wanted to look at to see if I could find any biases and decide for myself. As soon as I entered the site, I scrolled down to see a link for a commercial. This commercial is promoting Fox News in general as a non-partisan source for all your election coverage. I found this to be very interesting because many people will argue that Fox News is a very conservative news channel. Fox is obviously aware it has this reputation and is taking steps to change that image. You can find the commercial at elections page in a box in the right hand column.

Another Fox News Election promo

Another thing that I noticed on the site was that there was a link for 24-hour video streaming. This could go against Fox's attempt to make the channel known as a neutral channel. When there is 24-hour video streaming, some anchors tend to run out of things to talk about and begin to add their own opinions. Having both of those things on the same page not far from each other definitely surprised me.

Right below the 24-hour live streaming link there is a question of the day box. The question of the day today is "Which candidate has offered the strongest plan for fixing the economy?" The results of the poll say that McCain has the stronger plan. Is this a realistic opinion, or a reflection of's more conservative audience.

In the right hand column there is a box that links to stories published by the Washington Times. I like that there are links to other sites for election coverage. This provides other sources for web users to find election coverage and not have to rely on the same site every time.

1 comment:

nolaman said...

Ruppert Murdock is not stupid. He doesn't need a weatherman...

Fox News needs to shift toward the center or risk becoming the voice of a permanent, petulant, party of losers.
I watched their post debate debriefing of their panel of undecided voters. They made no effort to hide that the panel liked Obama's performance. Indeed, I think they went out of their way to elicit the fact on air that the only four undecideds who had made up their minds were now choosing Obama.