Former Fox News Exec Slams Network as ‘Poison for America’

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Former Fox News executive Preston Padden just eviscerated his former place of employment in a recent op-ed for liberal news site The Daily Beast titled, “Former Murdoch Exec: Fox News is Poison for America.” Padden previously worked under founder Rupert Murdoch for seven years but is saying now that the network has drifted far from its original center-right vision and has turned into a network that constantly spews fake news and hateful conspiracy theories.

According to Yahoo! News:

Initially Fox News followed the standard Murdoch playbook: find a market in need of new competition, jump in with both feet and shake up the status quo. Clearly there was an opening for a responsible and truthful center-right news network. And that is how Fox News started. I played a cameo role in the birth of Fox News by accompanying Roger Ailes to meet with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani to seek his help in persuading Time-Warner CEO Gerry Levin to carry Fox News on the all-important Time-Warner Cable systems in New York City. Levin did not want to provide “oxygen” for a new channel to compete with Time-Warner’s CNN. Ultimately Murdoch had to pay a massive “tribute” to cable operators to get Fox News added to their systems. But as always, he was confident—confident that his new channel would be a success and that he would get all the money back. And he did.

But, in recent years things have gone badly off the tracks at Fox News. Fox News is no longer a truthful center-right news network. The channel (especially the leading prime-time opinion programming) has contributed substantially and directly to:

Padden claims that Fox News has single-handedly contributed to the COVID-19 death rate, the January 6th Capitol riot, as well as the current division of Americans.

Fox News has caused many millions of Americans—most of them Republicans (as my wife and I were for 50 years)—to believe things that simply are not true. For example, Yahoo News reports that 73 percent of Republicans blame “left-wing protesters” for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Of course, that is ludicrous. All one has to do is look at the pictures or videos of the attack to see that the violent mob was comprised of Trump supporters. Similarly, a poll by SSRS in late April found that two-thirds of Republicans either believe or suspect that the election was stolen from Trump—60 percent saying there is “hard evidence” that the election was stolen. As noted above, this ridiculous notion has been thoroughly refuted. But millions of Americans believe these falsehoods because they have been drilled into their minds, night after night, by Fox News.

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 failed, and it was arrogant and naïve to ever have thought that I could succeed. 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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Bob D.
Bob D.
11 months ago

Say goodbye, libitard. Appears it’s time for some new eyewear!

Ginger
Ginger
11 months ago

Who is this jerk Preston? Folks like him are the problem with Fox. I stopped watching Fox because they were not reporting on the voter fraud or the truth about January 6th. Go away loser Preston. I think CNN is calling.

anniedawn
11 months ago
Reply to  Ginger

CNN probably paid him to write the crappo.

Oirish1953
Oirish1953
11 months ago

Padden is either very stupid or a complete liar. I lean towards the latter.

glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
11 months ago

No matter how often they happen voting “irregularities” ARE NOT regular. They should NOT occur and when they do, they SHOULD BE investigated. I don’t see this as a very difficult concept. If your employee paid you $50 per hour last year and decides to pay you $20 per hour this week, that would be “irregular” and I’m sure you would be investigating WHY?

Philip Byler
Philip Byler
11 months ago

Sour grapes. The real problem with FOX News is that it first turned on its base and now flirts with being conservative with certain subjects (vote fraud) off limits.

anniedawn
11 months ago
Reply to  Philip Byler

Everybody has to read this: did new york city election train wreck just expose the truth about 2020 on google It blew my mind. It was right in front of everyone and so easy to do.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
11 months ago

Have no clue who this turd is???? Didn’t have to go further than his op ed was for the daily beast.
It’s a complete liberal rag, yet he’s saying that FOX has gone rogue to the right…..Haha, I’m sure this is a message to Murdoch who obviously doesn’t quite see it his way.
Go away. We could care less about your opinion.

Laxmom
Laxmom
11 months ago

Idiot drank the liberal Kool-aid. Liberals are getting so desperate, they see what’s coming in Arizona and there are other states to follow.

JOHN T. FOX
JOHN T. FOX
11 months ago

THIS REJECT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT FOX TOOK A HARD LEFT TURN AND WHEN IT DID THAT IN 2005 I DELETED THE CHANNEL. IN FACT, I QUIT WATCHING TV IN 2007. I GET ALL MY NEWS FROM THE NET. THE FACTS PROVE THAT THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN FROM TRUMP! I PREDICTED TRUMPS 2016 WIN AND AND GOT WITHIN 2 ELECTORAL VOTES OF HIS TOTAL! I SAID THAT TRUMP WOULD GET BETWEEN 304-314 ELECTORAL VOTES AND IGNORED MAINE. I GOT MINN WRONG. I PREDICTED THAT TRUMP WOULD WIN A MINIMUM OF 360+ ELECTORAL VOTES IN 2020, AND MIGHT EVEN GO AS HIGH AS 414. HOW COULD I BE SO RIGHT AND THEN SO WRONG? I COULDN’T BE! LAST NIGHT IT WAS PROVEN THAT THE VOTES ON DOMINION WERE CHANGED IN GEORGIA, AZ, AND ANOTHER STATE, VIA INTERNET ACCESS! TRUMP WON AT LEAST 13 MORE STATES AND MAYBE EVEN CALIFORNIA! THE DESTRUCTION OF TRUMP VOTES WAS POSTED ALL OVER THE NET. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES WERE XEROXED COPIES, AND THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN! THIS WAS LIKE KENNEDY/NIXON IN 1960. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES BEYOND THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS HAVE BEEN FOUND AND ALL THOSE VOTES GO FOR THE DAMN DEMS! THE DEAD EVEN VOTED FOR THE DAMN DEMS! FOX HAS BEEN LYING SAYING THAT THE CHEATING DID NOT HAPPEN! OANN, RSBN, CNS, WHAT A FINGER NEWS, LIZ WHEELER, MIKE LIDDEL… ALL HAVE PROVEN CHEATING TOOK PLACE! THE COURTS, VP, CONGRESS, AND THE DEEP STATE HAVE CONTINUED TO IGNORE THE TRUTH “BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO START A CIVIL WAR”. THE TRUTH IS A REVILWAR IS GOING TO BE FOUGHT. AMERICA WILL BE RE-FOUNDED!

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
11 months ago
Reply to  JOHN T. FOX

Man, I love your post. I agree with all that you stated. My prayer is that eventually all this garbage will be exposed.
That’s why they’re making a big deal over the legislation in Georgia. We’re very aware and awake to their cheating. Gonna be harder to pull it off in 2022 and 2024. At least that’s my hope.

Jawad
Jawad
11 months ago
Reply to  JOHN T. FOX

A brilliant post, Sir, however it would be much easier to read if you ABANDONED THE CAPS.

Mary E Urso
Mary E Urso
11 months ago

Me thinks maybe Mr. Padden is delusional. I have left Fox News for other venues eause it has started leaning more to the left and refuses to cover some of the news that puts Leftists in a poor light or people on the right in a good light.

Bill Littleton
Bill Littleton
11 months ago

Anyone who has watched Fox News over the years knows of the shift they have made over the past 2 years. Slight at first, but the shift to the left has been exponential. Even though shows like Hannity, Tucker, Ingrahm, Waters, and Gutfeld, only the last 2 mentioned have remained on point with providing the truth and covering topics like voter fraud, the Dominion machine cover-ups, and Trump coverage.

Debra
Debra
11 months ago

FOX has lots of problems…shifting left because of P Ryan and murdochs kids… this padden guy works for the progressive/commie daily beast…that’s all you need to know. But most of us quit FOX on Nov 3 and for good reason!

Viken Shirinian
Viken Shirinian
11 months ago

There was no ATTCK on Jan 6. How can there be an attack when there are ZERO weapons and the cops opened the doors for them?

MariaDelia
11 months ago

As simple as that!

Nicholas St Jon
11 months ago

How could I get it that Preston is blowing the whistle on Fox News for abandoning it’s core founding principles yet all of the other comments here think he’s a scumbag?
He’s not and doesn’t work for FN any longer.
Maybe everyone should learn to read and understand what’s being written before jumping down one of the good guys throat.

Carl Vickers
Carl Vickers
11 months ago

Anyone that thinks the dementia ridden Biden who has been in politics for so long and done so little could beat Trump in anything resembling a fair fight is crazy.. The Left knows he didn’t have a chance and that is why they changed the election laws in a last minute desperate attempt to stay in power.. And any news media that disputes this is a liberal tool… which includes most of our main stream Media today

Casey
Casey
11 months ago

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Preston Padden is a liberal slug who added NOTHING to Fox News. I hope Fox keeps cleaning house and getting rid of these “Deep State” weasels.

Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson
11 months ago

Sounds like Padden has an awesome to grind because he wasn’t given the gold keys to the crapper that is becoming Fox News……however the slant he may conceive is right it has definitely gone further to the left since Nov 3rd and he’s just pissed they didn’t go hard left as he obviously has!!! It’s real easy to sit on the sidelines and throw barbs at an entity with which you have a beef but it is altogether different when you are simply full of S#!T and throw a tantrum via another GARBAGE SUPPOSED NEWS outlet (which the “Daily Beast” is) and also “Yahoo News” as well!!! (China would be and surely is quite proud of both of these LEFT-WING outfits who tow the COMMUNIST LINE of the CCP!!!!!

mary purington
mary purington
11 months ago

what a jerk off that guy is—-he’s a big liberal trying to be a conservative—Murdoch
don’t listen to him—-Tucker Carlson has the biggest audience in his time slot as does
Sean Hannity and yes all those “conspiracies” turned out to be true—January6th
was a set up by CI’s and embedded FBI and some Antifa and Nancy Pelosi to cause confusion among
many of the patriots—you could clearly see Capitol Police letting people in–no armed
insurrection happened except the white woman who was murdered by a cop!!

fab
fab
11 months ago

What a donkey. And we had to endure 4 years of russian conspiracy theories from the “honest” channels. And yes, donkey, the election was stolen.

MariaDelia
11 months ago
Reply to  fab

Whose party fights like mad people agains voter ID, and why is that?

Alan Doud
Alan Doud
11 months ago

Got to the part where he stated the people that invaded the WH on the 6th were a violent mob and the videos confirm that. I have seen many videos on this and didn’t see the so called violence. Once you start lying openly you discredit yourself.

tzwksq
tzwksq
11 months ago

Disgruntled former employee = Not worth the read.

Aint So
Aint So
11 months ago

“All one has to do is look at the pictures or videos of the attack” which is identified as such only by the agenda driven, and review first person interviews on the scene, “to see that” it was Leftist operatives that were at the forefront of inciting ignorant Trump supporters. Leftists were aided greatly in their efforts by negligent and complicit capital police in encouraging entry of buildings and attempts to breach legislative chambers. This entire narrative was simply a distraction from the real concern of the vast majority of protesters on the scene that day. These were citizens who thought enough of our nation and the massive Leftist criminal activity they had observed to travel to DC and have their voice heard. The well documented and well coordinated fraud they repeatedly observed was summarily ignored by electoral authorities and courts disenfranchising millions in literally every major American city and nearly all simply wanted their voices heard.
The real face of the enemy ever since is the hollowed out interloper currently infesting our nation’s White House. He rules wherever possible by edict to corrupt our nation and especially its vulnerable children. A blinded and complacent nation fails to conclude that very action of his is visibly and blatantly destructive to our now much deteriorated way of life. Few of our citizens yet understand that what this vacuous and vicious criminal facade of evil really loathes is one thing only. It is the possibility that our citizens will refuse to accompany him into his own chosen destiny. This and all discussions that have been put forth of what occurred subsequent to the last election on both sides are simply a dodge from the reality that a determined enemy of not just our nation, but of our genuine humanity now occupies the highest office in the land and is determined to lead us all, or force us by coercion if we resist, into Hell with him .

flashy0ne
flashy0ne
11 months ago

It’s obviously impossible to ‘find’ the truth with the “irresponsible” handling of the FACTS in today’s reported ‘news’. The facts (?) presented here (all Trump’s fault) are simply NOT born out both with the photographic evidence (not released-?), Trump’s words and PERSOAL observation. The supposedly ‘unbiased’ news sources (MSM) and the democratically controlled federal agencies are doing their best (and successfully) to release ONLY incriminating evidence. Just the DEMONSTRATED fact that the FBI is going after EVERY person they can identify (and holding many behind bars for MONTHS) while COMPLETELY IGNORING ANTIFA and BLM rioters who destroyed many cities during riots which went on for over a year should make everyone a little leery.

JOANN DIRKS
11 months ago

Think he’s drank too much “liberal” koolade.

sly8ball
sly8ball
11 months ago

sounds like he’s an angry fired employee who is bashing his former employer….

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