If I convened a group of strangers to discuss the Fox News brand, would it be surprising if the words “conservative” and “right wing” popped up to describe the network’s core values? Of course not. But would it surprise you that they’re being taken to court to see just how connected Fox News is to the Republican Party?
The New York Times reported today that Gawker blogger John Cook plans to file a civil suit again New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to obtain records of this communications with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, a former Republican strategist. Cook wants to know what’s up with their relationship and whether “the nation’s most-watched cable news channel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate.”
Cook’s end game: the public acknowledgement that Fox News can’t brand itself as an impartial news outlet. “They are actually a power base within the Republican Party,” Cook asserts in an interview.
If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s…an elephant?