Fox News & the GOP w/ Contribution Graph
Fox News’ parent company, News Corp., has made a $1 million dollar donation to the Republican Governors Association, an action that moderates and liberals alike believe represents the Murdoch-Fox News vote. Moderates and liberals have long associated Fox News with the Republican party due to its obvious conservative editorial styling, and history of conservative guests and hosts. Fox News has relentlessly, but plainly reiterated the conservative agenda while ironically still using the Fair & Balanced slogan.
According to opensecrets.org, prior to the seven-figure donation, News Corp. had donated $227,872 dollars to Democrats, and roughly $57,000 dollars to Republicans. The chart above, detailing 2010 election cycle contributions, includes data from opensecrets.org plus the $1 million dollar donation tacked onto News Corporation’s totals.
According to Dave Levinthal, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org), a seven-figure donation is almost unheard of. Levinthal said that this type of donation is the “exception not the rule.”
For an organization that owns the trademark on Fair & Balanced, there is a shortage of moderate and liberal hosts and guests. Fox News has also continued their tradition of purposefully hiring Republicans to fill the role of traditional journalism, including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President G. W. Bush, Karl Rove.
At the National Press Club when Murdoch was asked about apparent Tea Party promotions on Fox News, he said, “I don’t think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party.” This question evolved from a simple observation—why is there no clear distinction between respectable journalism, and conservative commentators thrust into a journalistic environment under the guise of responsible reporting? Fox News has been incredibly irresponsible in their reporting, and while it has become as entertaining as Survivor to some folks, Fox News is merely an extension of the GOP, where dirty politics passes as news.
More Information on Fox News Bias:
- The Most Biased Name in News (2001)
- Fox News correspondent claims other media organizations don’t “present the other side of the story” (2010)
- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
- Fox News Channel controversies
 OpenSecrets.org. TV / Movies / Music: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties
 The Washington Post. News Corp. defends $1 million donation to Republican Governors Association
 Politico. Fox parent’s donation causes stir
 YouTube. Murdoch: Fox “Shouldn’t Be Supporting the Tea Party”