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In Coverage of Paul Ryan, Fox News Repeatedly Fails to Disclose He Is a Board Member

Fox News and Fox Business have repeatedly failed to disclose in media coverage that Paul Ryan is a member of the Fox Corporation board of directors.

The failure to disclose Ryan’s board position is notable, as it is common media practice to disclose conflicts of interest.

Ryan, a board member since March 2019, is chair of Fox Corporation’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ryan was selected as a board member after stepping down as the 54th Speaker of the House in 2019. Critics of Ryan say he left Congress and joined the board after the Republican Party was successfully reformed from the antiquated Bush/Cheney establishment years after the Trump era. of American First against Ryan’s wishes and political aspirations.

Since Ryan’s career transitioned to the Fox Cooperation, his influence on the board of Fox News and Fox Business has been pervasive. According to Fox Corporation, Ryan’s authority as Chairman of the Nominating Corporate Governance Committee includes establishing “broad corporate policies”, setting “strategic direction” and overseeing “the ‘identification of direction and risk management’.

His wide influence on the network has raised questions as to why Ryan’s prominent position is not disclosed to viewers during Fox News and Fox Business media coverage of Ryan’s political views.

In the past 45 days, Fox News has written three articles about Ryan’s political views without disclosing Ryan’s management role at his parent company. On Oct. 15, Fox News ran the headline, “Paul Ryan Predicts Trump Won’t Be Republican Nominee of 2024.” No disclosure was provided about Ryan’s position of power. In two articles on November 10 and 16, Fox News again failed to disclose Ryan’s board membership.

In all three articles, former President Donald Trump was portrayed in a negative light, a political stance consistent with Ryan’s personal views incorporated into Fox News’ “We Report, You Decide” platform.

The conflict of interest also extends to Fox Business. As for on-air mentions without disclosing Ryan’s conflict of interest, Fox Business host Stuart Varney has omitted Ryan’s network watch at least four times in the past 30 days. While Varney has revealed Ryan’s conflict a few times, he failed to mention Ryan’s attacks on Trump without disclosing Ryan’s position on the Fox Corperation Board.

At least four times since the midterm elections, Varney’s Fox Business show has reported Paul’s negative comments about Trump’s political future without revealing Ryan’s board membership:

November 11th

“A lot of Republicans are starting to say that [Trump can’t win]: Paul Ryan, Mike Lawler who just won in New York. He eliminated Sean Patrick Maloney, the head of the DCCC.

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November 11th

“The feud between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump is back. The former president says, “Trump is a bit of a drag on the Republican ticket.” Question: Is it time for the GOP to abandon Trump? »

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November 17

“Former House Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump is costing Republican elections and he can’t beat Biden in 2024.”
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November 17

“Former President Paul Ryan was asked who could beat Biden. He replied, “Anyone whose name is not Trump.”

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It remains to be seen whether Fox News and Fox Business will rectify this issue in future coverage with the disclosure of Ryan’s position on the company’s board of directors.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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