• Clearing Up the Confusion About Fox

    by  • October 30, 2013 • Broadcast Decency, Cable Choice • 2 Comments

    We’ve recently been asked by a number of PTC members about why we’ve gone after Fox for some of its programming, when there are a lot of Fox shows that they enjoy, such as The O’Reilly Factor. Here’s the explanation.

    “Fox” is a huge mega-corporation with many different divisions and networks – most of which use the word “Fox” somewhere in their title. But each of these networks is separate from the others. Some networks show news (like Fox News); some show sports; and most show entertainment. But they are all separate.

    The PTC does not take issue with content on the Fox News Channel, just as we do not with CNN or MSNBC. These networks deal exclusively with news and political commentary. Our concern is entertainment programming, especially that attractive to – and influential with – children and teens.

    So when we criticize “Fox”, we’re not talking about Fox News. We’re talking about the Fox broadcast network (which is different from Fox News). The Fox broadcast network is the over-the-air channel that shows Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy cartoons Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show Sunday nights…and is aiming its sex-and-violence slathered Fox ADHD cartoons at children and teenagers on TV and over the Internet.

    If you’d like to learn more about Fox broadcasting network, click here.   

    If you have any questions, send us an email at editor@parentstv.org.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Clearing Up the Confusion About Fox

    1. Hogarth Meander
      November 4, 2013 at 1:40 am

      I support the right of all television channels to air what they wish. I simply do not allow my children to watch inappropriate material until they are of an appropriate age.

    2. Linda Rapoza
      November 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Let’s begin boycotting the sponsors of this filth. Unfortunately, the “bottom line” is all they seem to understand.

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