How to turn Fox News into a journalism powerhouse

Instead of attacking Gabriel Sherman for writing an unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes, Fox News should consider his suggestions for turning the network and its website into a respected news source.

Sherman writes in a string of tweets this morning:

—> One thought abt FNC: given their profits, why not hire hundreds of reporters and turn foxnews.com into major source of journalism?

—> Given that Fox is earning $1 billion annually, network could hire more reporters than WSJ, or NYT, and could staff bureaus all over world

—> Foxnews.com could become a global news destination. Could hire best reporters in the country, pay big salaries. Beat NYT, WSJ, WaPo

—> Rupert Murdoch loves journalism, scoops, reporting. You would think he would back a big push into reporting by Fox. But Ailes has control.

—> In Jan ’07, Murdoch said this about WSJ: “What if…we spent $100 million a year hiring all the best business journalists in the world?”

—> “…And spent some money on establishing the brand but went global…w/ big, iconic names, outstanding writers, reporters, experts.”

—> No reason Murdoch’s original vision for WSJ couldn’t be translated to Fox. They have audience, profits. Such an opportunity for journalism

* Fox News “talent” attacks unauthorized Ailes biographer (Washington Post)
* Bio isn’t finished yet and Fox News already attacking author (Alternet.org)

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