Why are reporters leaving Fox News?

Adam HousleyRichard Shotwell/Invision/AP

❝ Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons.

Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based reporter who joined Fox in 2001, felt there was diminished opportunity at the network for reporters and disapproved of the tenor of its on-air discussion…

❝ Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees.

Housley’s objections to the Trump-era Fox News are widely shared within the network’s reporting corps, according to current and former employees of the network. Conor Powell, the former Fox News Jerusalem bureau reporter, left the network earlier this month for similar reasons…

I’m a news junkie for decades. Never had the slightest inclination to waste time at Fox News. Too many other legitimate sources available on the Web.

19 thoughts on “Why are reporters leaving Fox News?

  1. Foxy Lady says:

    “Fox News Anchor Slams Trump: The Only Good News About Him Is Fake News” (Haaretz, Israel 8/30/18) “The Fox News anchor also stated that Trump doesn’t like the news in general, not the people who deliver it or the platforms on which they receive it.”

  2. nicknielsensc says:

    I was an avid reader and follower of much of the U.S.media for years. Radio, television, newspapers, magazines, I absorbed it all. They reserved a seat for me at the library!

    When I retired from the USAF, I discovered the primary English-language news sources (AP, Reuters, BBC, etc.) were on the web, and the foreign language news wires had translate links. Turned off the television and haven’t looked back.

  3. DARB says:

    One comment and a question
    Comment: I have heard and it logically makes sense that the deceased owner and the retired owner were staunch conservatives, and the sons that recently took over are left leaning liberals. That would change the tone of any news organization.

    Question: You mention many other legitimate sources without naming them. Who are these legitimate other sources? Isn’t that kinda like doing a white paper and on the bottom where all the footnotes and credits go you just write because I said so?

  4. Sad says:

    President Donald Trump lashed out at his favorite network on Sunday, accusing two Fox News journalists of having “less understanding” of his proposed border wall than the “fake news” at his usual media targets, CNN and NBC. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-fox-news-border-wall_us_5c4e7bd8e4b0287e5b8c23f7 Trump specifically called out the network’s chief White House correspondent John Roberts and Washington correspondent Gillian Turner:
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 6:08 PM – Jan 27, 2019 “Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC! Look to final results! Don’t know how my poll numbers are so good, especially up 19% with Hispanics?
    [6:09 PM – Jan 27, 2019] “After all that I have done for the Military, our great Veterans, Judges (99), Justices (2), Tax & Regulation Cuts, the Economy, Energy, Trade & MUCH MORE, does anybody really think I won’t build the WALL? Done more in first two years than any President! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
    See also PBS: “Fact-checking Trump’s claim that he has a 50-percent approval rating among Latinos” https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/fact-checking-trumps-claim-that-he-has-a-50-percent-approval-rating-among-latinos

  5. In Foro Conscientiae says:

    “Former Murdoch Executive Says He Quit Over Fox’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric” (NPR March 21, 2019) https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705441083/former-murdoch-executive-says-he-quit-over-foxs-anti-muslim-rhetoric “Last weekend, a Muslim news producer said she quit Fox’s corporate cousin, Sky News Australia, over its coverage of Muslims following the massacre at two New Zealand mosques. Her post went viral. [See https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/sky-news-christchurch-mosque-shooting-live-stream/10912844 ] Now, add the voice of one of Murdoch’s former senior executives, former News Corp. Senior Vice President Joseph Azam, who says he left his job in late 2017 over the coverage of Muslims, immigrants and race by Fox News and other Murdoch news outlets. Azam was also group chief compliance officer for News Corp.’s corporate headquarters, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the HarperCollins book publishing house, among other properties. He worked for News Corp. from 2015 until late 2017, leaving, he says, without any nondisclosure agreement. While News Corp. is technically separate from the corporate parent of Fox News, they are both controlled by Murdoch and his family.” See also https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/03/21/joseph-azam-screengrab-6.29.2017_custom-9e1b80541d5c496adc299687b3c91d61b2b5b65c-s800-c85.jpeg

  6. Love it or leave it says:

    Geraldo Rivera Can’t Make ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts See That Trump Tweets Are Racist : “This is their country, they’re citizens of the United States!” the Fox News journalist exclaimed of the four Democratic congresswomen the president attacked. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/geraldo-rivera-fox-and-friends-send-her-back_n_5d322b81e4b0419fd32cf504
    Host Peter Hegseth claimed Trump’s tweets couldn’t have been racist since he never specifically mentioned anyone’s race in the tweets.
    “He’s talking about whether you love this country and appreciate it,” Hegseth said. “And if you don’t appreciate it, don’t love it, and don’t want to work to make it better, you could consider going somewhere else.”

  7. Oofty Goofty says:

    (8/18/19): When asked about Fox News polling data, President Donald Trump lashed out at the network saying, “there’s something going on” that he’s not happy with …then calls them ‘we’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXDqOUNr9ws Earlier in the day, Trump lashed out at Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, calling him “pathetic,” “nasty” and “wrong.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/457885-trump-calls-juan-williams-pathetic-nasty-and-wrong Williams, who is a recurring co-host of the Fox News show “The Five” and a columnist for The Hill, has been a vocal critic of Trump, including during a “Fox News Sunday” panel that reaired at 2 pm ET, just an hour before the president’s tweet.
    During that segment, Williams called Trump’s approach to China on trade “brutish,” according to Mediaite.
    See also “An Open Letter to Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith: Quit Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Now” https://www.mediaite.com/opinion/an-open-letter-to-chris-wallace-and-shepard-smith-quit-tucker-carlsons-fox-news-now/?utm_source=mostpopular

  8. Reality show says:

    ✓ “Even Fox News is calling out Trump — and it’s causing ‘tension’ at the network” https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/even-fox-news-is-calling-out-trump-and-its-causing-tension-at-the-network-msnbcs-ari-melber/
    ✓ “Hannity Takes Shot at Fox Colleagues: ‘We Have a Few Resistance People on the Channel’ ; The Fox News civil war appears to still be underway, as Hannity once again took a not-so-subtle shot at some of his Fox News colleagues.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/hannity-takes-shot-at-fox-colleagues-we-have-a-few-resistance-people-on-the-channel
    ✓ “‘Fake news’: Email reveals lapse by Fox News’s Chris Wallace” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/04/fake-news-email-reveals-lapse-by-fox-newss-chris-wallace/
    ✓ “Ousted Fox host Todd Starnes implies people are trying to silence him over his beliefs, says Trump campaign offered him support” https://www.mediamatters.org/todd-starnes/ousted-fox-host-todd-starnes-implies-people-are-trying-silence-him-over-his-beliefs
    ✓ “Pro-Trump news network sues Rachel Maddow for calling it ‘paid Russian propaganda’” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/rachel-meadow-lawsuit-one-america-news-pro-trump-fox-russian-propaganda-a9099196.html
    ✓ “CNN says it won’t run two Trump campaign ads because of false claims on Biden, impeachment” https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/10/03/cnn-wont-run-two-trump-campaign-ads-citing-demonstrably-false-claims/ [Networks have rejected presidential campaign commercials before. Last year, channels including Fox News — the president’s favored news network — nixed an ad that CNN and others called racist for its depiction of immigrants as “dangerous illegal criminals.”]
    ✓ “For the second straight week, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s main conservative personalities, Boris Epshteyn and Eric Bolling, have been producing programming akin to state propaganda on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.” https://www.mediamatters.org/sinclair-broadcast-group/watch-sinclair-personalities-push-anti-impeachment-propaganda

  9. Cookie crumbling? says:

    “48 hours illustrating how Trump’s abuse-of-power scandal has split Fox News : Hannity is pushing Clinton conspiracy theories while the network’s top judicial analyst talks about impeachment.” https://www.vox.com/2019/10/1/20893112/fox-news-trump-identity-crisis-ukraine-whistleblower-chris-wallace-andrew-napolitano
    “Rush Limbaugh Blasts Fox News: They Should Change Name to ‘Fox Never Trumper Network’ : “There’s nothing hard to defend about the phone call,” the radio host yelled. “You just don’t want to defend it!” https://www.thedailybeast.com/rush-limbaugh-blasts-fox-news-they-should-change-name-to-fox-never-trumper-network
    “It’s Management Bedlam”: Madness at Fox News as Trump Faces Impeachment : A Trump identity crisis at Fox as Hannity frets, Lachlan Murdoch prepares for a post-Trump future, Paul Ryan whispers in Rupert’s ear, and Shep Smith and Tucker Carlson trade blows.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/madness-at-fox-news-as-trump-faces-impeachment-lachlan-murdoch
    “Fox News’ Tucker Carlson turns on Trump for asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden: ‘There’s no way to spin this’ : Right-wing host breaks from unequivocal support for president but rejects calls for impeachment”

  10. Exsanguination says:

    Shepard Smith announced Friday that he will step down as Fox News Channel’s chief news anchor and managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit.
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/shepard-smith-steps-down-from-fox-news-its-been-an-honor-and-a-privilege Smith was one of Fox News Channel’s original hires in 1996 and has covered nearly every major story for more than two decades.
    He signed off for the final time with a message for viewers.
    “Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day. That the truth will always matter. That journalism and journalists will thrive,” Smith said.
    Trump: Is Shepard Smith leaving because of bad ratings? https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/10/11/trump-shepard-smith-fox-news-departure-vpx.cnn
    Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News After Clashes With Colleagues : The news anchor was a frequent target of the president’s ire because of his penchant for calling B.S. on his own network’s pro-Trump spin. https://www.thedailybeast.com/shepard-smith-stepping-down-from-fox-news
    Why Shep Smith finally walked out of Fox News for good https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/11/media/fox-news-shepard-smith/index.html “…Some of the top names among the news side at Fox” have been “leaving voluntarily one by one,” a former staffer pointed out, as big chunks of the network have basically been co-opted by Trump.
    Carl Cameron, who used to be Fox’s chief political correspondent, said earlier this year, “Shep and I were among the first hires” at Fox “and I give that man huge credit for continuing to do it. I reached my limit.” He left soon after Trump took office.

  11. Edward R. says:

    “There is no civil war at Fox News. That is the problem.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/14/there-is-no-civil-war-fox-news-that-is-problem/
    “…The civil war at the network that we hear so much about on the Internet is actually no civil war whatsoever. It’s a steady and feebly opposed siege of lies, ratings and money against a “straight news” operation whose primary purpose is to give company execs something to point to when the opinion-mongers offend.”

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 8:24 AM – Aug 31, 2019
    “Has anyone noticed that the top shows on @foxnews and cable ratings are those that are Fair (or great) to your favorite President, me! Congratulations to @seanhannity for being the number one show on Cable Television!”

    “Fox News Host Pivots From Calling Trump’s Syria Move a ‘Disaster’ to Slamming Democrats’ and Media’s Outrage” https://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-host-pivots-calling-trumps-syria-move-disaster-slamming-democrats-medias-outrage-1465303

  12. Edward R. says:

    ‘I am standing up for myself’: Host Britt McHenry sues Fox News, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/11/britt-mchenry-sues-fox-news-tyrus-sexual-harassment-retaliation/
    “Britt McHenry, a host on Fox News’ streaming service, Fox Nation, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Tuesday against the network and one of its on-air personalities, George “Tyrus” Murdoch.
    The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, argued that Fox News retaliated against McHenry after she accused Murdoch, her former Fox Nation co-host and a network contributor, of sexual harassment. It further contended that the probes conducted by outside law firms on behalf of the network were “sham investigations.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/10/media/britt-mchenry-sues-fox-news/index.html
    In separate statements, Fox News defended its actions and Murdoch denied the allegations.

  13. Update says:

    Fox News Staff Erupts Over Network Racism: Bosses ‘Created a White Supremacist Cell’ https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-staffers-erupt-over-tucker-carlsons-racism-say-bosses-created-a-white-supremacist-cell
    “Fox has a reputation for being bigoted and racist, all for very good reason,” former Fox News Specialists host Eboni K. Williams, who left the network in 2018, told The Breakfast Club last year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHCXGzSjIeg
    “How Hip-Hop Talk Show ‘The Breakfast Club’ Became a Must-Stop Spot for 2020 Democratic Candidates” https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-breakfast-club-became-a-must-stop-spot-for-2020-democrats

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