Fox News is a TV channel 'that no reasonable person would believe.' — Preston Padden, former president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company for seven years
Fox News is a TV channel 'that no reasonable person would believe.' — Preston Padden, former president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company for seven years
Former Fox Exec Blasts Network for Peddling Trump, Anti-Mask Theories
  • The Daily Beast published an op-ed from Preston Padden, who worked for Fox for seven years.
  • Padden said Fox played a part in US COVID-19 deaths by questioning the benefits of mask wearing.
  • He also said Murdoch's views on masks and vaccines differed from much of Fox's coverage.
A former Fox executive has blasted Fox News, saying that not even the network's longtime proprietor Rupert Murdoch believes its coverage.

In an op-ed published Sunday by The Daily Beast, Preston Padden, who served as president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company for seven years, wrote that Fox News is a TV channel "that no reasonable person would believe."

Padden wrote that Fox News had perpetuated former President Donald Trump's "wild and false claims" that the 2020 election was stolen from him and that Fox's decision to question masks had contributed to "the unnecessary deaths of many Americans" during the COVID-19 pandemic.


... Padden also said that the network had embraced vaccine skepticism. For example, Carlson said in December that speedy vaccine development "feels false" because "it's too slick."

... Padden wrote that the network had provided him "examples of pro-mask/vaccine on-air comments," but that in his opinion, the anti-mask and anti-vaccine coverage outweighed them.

... "And I believe that he thinks that former President Trump is an egomaniac who lost the election by turning off voters, especially suburban women, with his behavior," Padden said.

Padden went on to warn that Fox's vast influence on the US was causing widespread damage.

"Millions of Americans believe these falsehoods because they have been drilled into their minds, night after night, by Fox News," he said.
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