Is Fox News spreading misinformation and fake news

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Studies have shown a correlation between higher viewership of Fox News and higher numbers of coronavirus cases.

"Recent studies by Harvard University's Kennedy School Misinformation Review, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the University of Chicago found that infection and mortality rates for the coronavirus are higher in areas where Fox News reaches the most viewers"

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In April 2020, 74 journalists and journalism professors signed an open letter criticising Fox News for spreading coronavirus misinformation.

The letter says Fox News viewers have been regularly subjected to misinformation including, "...false statements downplaying the prevalence of COVID-19 and its harms," and "...misleading recommendations of activities that people should undertake to protect themselves..."

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According to CNN, Fox News has provided some straightforward and expert-driven coverage of the novel coronavirus.

CNN's article says, "The network has had a number of reporters in the field assigned to cover the coronavirus, and shows have hosted various doctors who have provided sound medical advice. Harris Faulkner, for example, hosted a special with four doctors on her program..."

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Fox News promoted the idea (voiced by Donald Trump) that President Obama was born outside the US—this turned out to be false.

Fox News Hosts (including Sean Hannity, Eric Bolling, Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs, Thomas McInerny and Bill Cowan) voiced the idea that Obama was born outside America. Donald Trump would concede this was false after President Obama published his birth certificate.

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Fox News used (and subsequently removed) doctored images on its website, during its coverage of the George Floyd protests.

Fox News used images that were manipulated to create the impression of armed conflict in a small expanse of city blocks in Seattle, that activists had claimed as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Others described the protests as "peaceful" and Fox News was forced to retract.

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An internal report at Fox News raised concerns about sources of misinformation at the network.

Particular concerns were raised about John Solomon, a frequent guest of Sean Hannity, in relation to “non-disclosure of conflicts, use of unreliable sources, publishing false and misleading stories, misrepresentation of sources, and opaque coordination with involved parties...”

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