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Why Fox News Was Created



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This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine.
If Fox News had a DNA test, it would trace its origins to the Nixon administration. In 1970, political consultant Roger Ailes and other Nixon aides came up with a plan to create a new TV network that would circumvent existing media and provide “pro-administration” coverage to millions. “People are lazy,” the aides explained in a memo.
“With television you just sit — watch — listen. The thinking is done for you.” Nixon embraced the idea, saying he and his supporters needed “our own news” from a network that would lead “a brutal, vicious attack on the opposition.” Alas, his fantasy network did not come into being at that time, and the 37th president was soon engulfed in the Watergate scandal.

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