Farah: Fox News is Liberal

This might make a good wingnut on wingnut crime entry as well. Worldnutdaily poobah Joseph Farah says that Fox News is not really conservative at all. In fact, they support Democrats! Or at least, employees of News Corp., which includes not just Fox News but Fox Sports and magazines and film production companies and much else. Which proves…well, something.

Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else.

But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different?

Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the 2011-2012 election cycle?

Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp. gave more to Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., than to Mitt Romney?

Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp. gave more to Ben Cardin, Democrat from Maryland, than to Mitt Romney?

Would it surprise you to know that News Corp. gave more than twice as much to Democratic candidates in 2012 than to Republicans?

Would it surprise you that this pattern was about the same in 2010 and 2008?

Would it surprise you to know that News Corp. gave far more money to Democrats running for both the House and Senate in 2012 than to Republicans?

There’s no question other media are even more skewed to the left than is News Corp. CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS are even more in the tank for so-called “progressive” politics. Nevertheless, I’m sure it will be shocking to many Americans just how supportive of the political status quo and the Democratic Party agenda News Corp. truly is.

News Corp. donated more money to Obama than to any other American politician. But this wasn’t a new development in 2011 and 2012. In fact, Rupert Murdoch’s company has been donating more to Democrats since 1989.

Yes, those evil liberals at Fox News…I mean, at every business owned by the parent company of Fox News…proves something important, apparently.

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  • steve oberski

    Farah should get together with Andy Schlafly of the Conservapedia Bible Retranslation Project, which aims to remove liberal bias from the bible.

    The synergy would be scary.

  • drr1

    Yeah, let’s see if we can puzzle this one out, Joe.

    First of all, smart money follows the winner. No surprise there.

    Second, Barack Obama is the President News Corp. loves to hate. Same reasoning follows for all those other evil librul Democrats. Much easier to fleece the rubes when you can tell them the scary black dude in the White House is coming for their guns and bibles. Obama in the White House = higher ratings = higher advertising $$.

    Joe’s confusing politics and principle. News Corp. understands the difference.

  • TGAP Dad

    I would love to see a breakdown of contributions by candidate and Newscorp subsidiary. The one I’d really like to see would be the PAC (including superpac) contributions, again by PAC and subsidiary that employees are “encouraged” to make.

  • eric

    OMG there is no political test for office in NewsCorp! They may be hiring based mostly on (gasp!) merit! Such a travesty must be stopped at all costs.

  • Rodney Nelson

    Compared to Joseph Farah, pretty much everyone is liberal.

  • chilidog99

    How long before WND starts immitating the Natioal Review Online and starts defending the Holocaust?

  • F [nucular nyandrothol]

    Since the right apparently considers all news outlets “liberal media”, I’m not terribly surprised.

  • I think Farah’s right, just for the wrong reason. It does favor Democratic candidates by providing an echo chamber for the loony right that leads teabaggers like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock to say the most outrageous things and then look stunned when most everyone else doesn’t react like Faux News personalities and nod and smile. Faux News is about encouraging the Republican Party to be, in the words of Bobby Jindal (who should know, given his okay of the Louisiana Science Education Act and taxpayer vouchers for private schools teaching creationism), the party of stupid. Faux has succeeded very well in that regard.

  • “Individuals at News Corp.” means what, exactly? Members of the board of directors? Upper management? The sound and video editors? The camer operators? The writers and producers of The Simpsons? The janitors?

    If you look at the corporation as a whole, you’d no doubt find that the rank and file employees far out number the upper management and on air talent. And most of them are probably union workers in NY and CA. So it’s not much of a stretch to think that most of them don’t share their bosses’ political views and just there to collect a paucheck.

  • kantalope

    Where do these numbers come from? Any idea?

  • AsqJames

    Never mind who gets campaign contributions from News Corp (or its employees), look at the lobbying – money spent directly by News Corp to influence legislation. According to that first link, $7,060,000 in 2011 and $4,585,000 in 2012 (hey it was an election year, nobody was even governing anyway!). All the bills they lobbied on are listed on that same site.

    To large corporations, it really doesn’t matter what colour hats the winning team wears, all the players know who calls the plays.

  • frog

    Gee, think this might be because most of News Corp USA is based in that liberal bastion of New York City?

    As a former employee of a News Corp company, I can attest that the rank-and-file employees at my job were mostly commie pinko hippie liberals. But even commie pinko hippie liberals like to sleep indoors and eat once in a while. Also, and I say this with some surprise, the benefits were pretty good.

  • StevoR, fallible human being

    Farah: Fox News is Liberal

    In the Aussie sense of the word where Liberal = the conservative party led here by thatb whackjob TonyA-bott-bott, maybe?


  • StevoR, fallible human being

    Oooohhhh-kaaaay that wasn’t the one I thought I’d linked (&what’s with the flippin’autoplay?) – take II :


    Tony Abbott In: The Fundamentalist Adventures Of Tony Abbott on youtube by LaundryLane1.

  • thisisaturingtest

    Notice the technique- in the first three “would it surprise you”s, it was “individuals at News Corp”; by the end, it was “News Corp” itself, with the implication that it was the organization, not the individuals within it. Which do you think will be the target audiences’ takeaway? My guess is that Farah knows the takeaway will be the simpler formulation that was read last.