Richard Nixon responsible for FoxNews

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    An interesting supposition. Something I haven’t heard before.

    If Fox News had a DNA test, it would trace its origins to the Nixon administration. In 1970, political consultant Roger Ailes and other Nixon aides came up with a plan to create a new TV network that would circumvent existing media and provide "pro-administration" coverage to millions. "People are lazy," the aides explained in a memo. "With television you just sit — watch — listen. The thinking is done for you." Nixon embraced the idea, saying he and his supporters needed "our own news" from a network that would lead "a brutal, vicious attack on the opposition."

    It took 26 years until Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes got it off the ground, Oct 7, 1996. 17 million viewers, but no outlets in NYC or LA. I knew there’s a radio outlet but never bothered to find it here in Vegas.

    Just finished 71 straight months as the leading cable TV news network.

    More @ Why Fox News was created

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    "People are lazy," the aides explained in a memo. "With television you just sit — watch — listen. The thinking is done for you."

    That's absolutely and emphatically correct. Television sits you down, shuts you up and dick-tates every sense of every experience into the spongeified brain lying in complete, receptive passivity. It shuts down the imagination and the intellect, transforming its victim into a zombie.

    Walk into a room where several people are watching TV, resist the lure of the screen and instead, watch the watchers. Survey what you see. Blank stares, obediently soaking up whatever the telescreen dick-tates. Every scene and sound, duly assimilated. Resistance is futile.

    The point of that of course, and the reason it became so pervasive, is that it's the most effective propaganda device ever invented. With those obedient zombies watching you can sell anything.
     
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    I would add that the news coverage of impeachment proceedings against Nixon awakened a large number of people to the pervasive liberal bias of the MSM, thereby establishing a potential market for alternative programming.
     
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    Apparently not, since it didn't happen for another twenty-plus years, did it.
     
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    I never heard of this, but what I did hear about was the Tremendous Senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, seeking to purchase CBS back in the 1980's. Instead of creating new TV network, Helms' idea was to buy an existing Socialist network and transform it into a conservative voice.

    Helms Says Buy CBS, Boss Rather
     
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    I am surprised at your response Pogo , you of all people should know the almost insurmountable speed bumps to build a viable Network like Fox has... The foundation was actually started in the early 80's with the Murdoch's purchase of TCF Holdings, the parent company of the 20th Century Fox film studio... After wheeling and dealing for several years News Corp went into the television business in May of 1985... The fight was on with not only NBC, ABC, CBS and the FCC...

    They have been very successful, but of coarse you all ready know this...
     
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    Yeah uh --- it's cable. You don't need to build stations or sign up affiliates. You build ONE studio. You and I could do it in an afternoon.
    Imagine the possibilities of THAT. [​IMG]

    And the FCC isn't involved in that anyway.
     
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    Oh but before the cable Fox, there was the Network Fox in which one would have to build up stations and sign up affiliates... Network Fox was competing with 3 other free-to-air networks... Are you sure the FCC wasn't involved in this part of the venture? Cable Fox didn't show up for another 10 years+

    I more than likely would not be much help, but I could keep us in BBQ sammies and Iced tea...
     

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