Can Fox News Break Its Fatal Embrace With the Republican Party?
But such prognostications suffer from buying into the logic that has until now been a part of the formula that made Fox such an overwhelming success: Fox = Republican party. The network’s rating grew an astounding 570% from 1999 to 2009.
The marriage between the network and the party has been almost entirely beneficial to both entities. Working together - brazenly, even explicitly so - has been a force multiplier for the GOP brand and message. It’s not really a surprise that as the linked swimmers have started to go against the current of history, their connection puts them both at risk of drowning.
I don’t think it can make any sort of separation no matter how much it’s needed because they’re unable to acknowledge the problem. It’s “message presentation” that’s the problem, not the intent of the message. It’s ratings and money which dictate a Sarah Palin contract not her tendency to take an issue or conversation to it’s very lowest level.
Fox is an oil company and right wing hate/fear is the oil.