Fox News has handled the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in a very strange way. The anchors on the network want to paint the shot as one of the signature accomplishments of Donald Trump’s presidency. On the other hand, the network’s personalities regularly urge hesitancy over vaccinations.
Preston Padden, a former president of network at Fox, help launch Fox News back in the late 1990’s. The former exec, though, is appalled at what has happened to the channel. Padden recently wrote an op-ed in the Daily Beast, referring to the network as “poison for America.”
The former Fox president noted that Fox was to be, “a responsible and truthful center-right news network.” Since then, “things have gone badly off the tracks at Fox News.” But he blames Trump for much of what has gone wrong.
Padden continues, “The greatest irony is that I don’t believe that most of the falsehoods on Fox News reflect Rupert Murdoch’s own views. I believe that he thinks that former President Trump is an egomaniac who lost the election by turning off voters, especially suburban women, with his behavior.”
The former exec doesn’t see any kind of change happening, though. He closes his piece:
“Over the past nine months I have tried, with increasing bluntness, to get Rupert to understand the real damage that Fox News is doing to America. … I am at a loss to understand why he will not change course. I can only guess that the destructive editorial policy of Fox News is driven by a deep-seated vein of anti-establishment/contrarian thinking in Rupert that, at age 90, is not going to change.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.