|DICK, Fox News’ recent coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t just downplay the crisis; it is so misleading that it is endangering its audiences lives, and in turn, the nation’s. |
From mid-February through March, Fox News’ personalities carelessly minimized the threat of the virus by claiming it was just as deadly as the common flu or that it was all a hoax put on by the media and Democrats to take down Trump.
To make matters worse; for the first quarter of 2020, Fox News had its largest audience in the network’s history. More and more people are turning to Fox News to figure out how to navigate the COVID-19 crisis — that’s scary.
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Fox News’ popularity could not be any more dangerous than it is at this moment. Many media outlets are seeing record numbers of readers looking for facts and guidance, but the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on their operating budgets. Many outlets like Buzzfeed, Vice, and G/O Media (formerly the Gawker Media network of sites), have had to make some hard decisions like cut salaries or lay off staff, some outlets have even had to cease publications all together.
Unfortunately, Fox News has not felt the same financial impact. For years, their advertisers have been hit by successful boycott campaigns and have stopped paying to air commercials on the network. Yet they still survive. That’s because they leverage subscriber fees with the cable companies. Cable companies pay them to broadcast their channel. Fox News has some of the highest subscriber fees in the industry. So even without all that advertising revenue coming in, they are still profitable.
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Fri 14 August 2020 6:40 AM