US media brewed a storm with CNN host Brian Stelter’s accusation of Fox News compromising media ethics by valuing Trump’s interest over interest of viewers.
Earlier on Monday, in a deliberative session with anchor Erica Hill, Stelter and CNN contributor Bill Carter on New Yorker report, elaborated a case wherein Fox News was accused of compromising media ethics. As per the report, Fox News had the story of a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, before the presidential election in 2016, but decided not to publish it.
As per the report, the reporters working on the story claim that the head of FoxNews.com decided not to run it because the company’s CEO, Rupert Murdoch did not want Trump to lose to Hillary Clinton in the elections.
Stelter explained that Fox News is divided into two sections, Fox News and Fox opinion, where Fox News part has been shrinking and the Fox Opinion’s part has been expanding with diversion from the basic media ethics.
Stelter even went ahead and claimed that Fox News’ close relationship with Trump “could be called, not state-run TV, but state-supported, state-sponsored television”.
“The White House and the president and Fox News have an alliance we haven’t seen before,” Stelter explained. “Maybe a Democratic president would dream of having this someday with MSNBC, but it’s never happened before.”
The open criticism by CNN correspondent has raised various questions on why Fox News did not cover such an important story of viewer’s interest that was covered in all major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal.
As per CNN correspondent, Fox News has done injustice to Americans by covering up bad news about Trump. He said, “They’re doing a disservice to their viewers. Ultimately, when the Sean Hannitys of the world are covering up bad news about Trump and promoting a bunch of BS and make Trump feel better, that’s actually a disservice to the audience.”
The incidence does make it clear that though covering up for Trump’s ill deeds, Fox News may have made President happier but at the cost of media ethics and interest of its audience.