Former Fox executive: Fox News promotes Trump’s false claims
Fox owner Rupert Murdoch “owes himself a better legacy than a news channel than any reasonable person would believe,” former Fox executive Preston Padden wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Beast, published on Monday. .
Why is this important: Padden was president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company for seven years and helped launch Fox News, which he described in the article as “poison for America.”
What he says : Padden wrote that Fox News started out as “a responsible and truthful center-right news network.” Since then, “things have gone badly at Fox News,” he said.
- He accused the channel and its “prime-time opinion” shows of contributing to division in the United States, citing examples including promoting former President Trump’s rally ahead of the U.S. Capitol riot and the presentation of his “crazy and false claims” about the 2020 elections.
- Padden also wrote that Fox News caused “the needless deaths of many Americans” by “fueling” reluctance over the COVID-19 vaccine and “denigrating the wearing” of masks – in connection with a report on the remarks of the Fox host Tucker Carlson denouncing children wearing face coverings.
To note : “The greatest irony is that I don’t believe most of the lies on Fox News reflect Rupert Murdoch’s own views,” Padden wrote, adding that the Australian-born American businessman had worn a mask and had been vaccinated, encouraging her to do the same.
- “I believe he thinks former President Trump is an egotist who lost the election by hijacking voters, especially suburban women, with his behavior.
“Over the past nine months I have tried, more and more frankly, to make Rupert understand the real damage Fox News is doing to America.… I don’t understand why he won’t change course. . I can only guess that Fox News’ destructive editorial policy is driven by a deeply ingrained vein of anti-establishment / anti-Rupert thought that, at 90, is not going to change. “
The other side: Padden said Fox News provided him with “examples of pro-mask / vaccine comments on the air.” But he argued that these “were more than made up for by negative comments from popular opinion leaders at prime time.”
- Representatives for Fox News and Trump did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.