Why George Will left ABC for Fox News

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  • Zaruski SLC, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    Wow. The Fox News fans are out in numbers this afternoon haha.

    Never mind that just about every poll of Fox News viewers ever conclude time and time again they are even less well informed about verifiable truths than people who watch no news channels at all on a regular basis at all.

    Never mind that the average age of Fox News viewers is like 200 years old.

    Never mind that Fox News actually gets crushed on Debate and Election nights by other channels.

    Never mind the mountains and mountains of books and reports of former Fox Employees that pretty much say what everybody knows: it is not fair, nor balanced. It is the place where journalists who don't have a shred of self respect and integrity go when no respectable news organization are willing to hire them.

    It is the pipeline through which far right conspiracy theories and other nonsense from the right wing blogosphere make their way into the mainstream news cycle and now all of a sudden Senators and Representatives who ought to have the decency to live in reality, now degrade themselves to howling at the moon at the Senate and House floors.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    You might look at the bylines on most of the articles in the DesNews, lots of AP and other news services are used, not just the local talent. Conservative, mostly. Sometimes it's not so much, and you are correct, they are published by a mostly conservative organization for a mostly conservative audience. I don't think you will go wrong by going to lots of other news sites to get perspective, as I try to do from my side of the spectrum. I would suggest that you do with DesNews as I do with sites like WaPo, NYT and others and just know that they won't agree with you. I go their anyway to get a different take on the issue, which I think is a good thing.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    I watched ABC This Week because of George Will. He will move Fox to a more centered position and improve their debate.

    However, the statement that Fox is all news is ridiculous. It's all Washington politics. I have to watch the BBC, CNN, and PBS to get news around the country and the world and CNBC for business.

    Good luck will, wish you were on CNN to move them to the right.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:07 p.m.

    dLange "Why does BYU continue to have these conservative speakers?"

    Harry Reid is not good enough for you?

    #1 - Liberal columnists and authors of equal stature charge too much
    #2 - They can't get the crowds to the Marriott Center

    However, liberal speakers of lesser stature do speak at BYU. You just need to look it up.

  • dLange Los Gatos, CA
    Oct. 23, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    Why does BYU continue to have these conservative speakers?. Any institution of higher learning should expose their students to a variety of opinions. Doesn't anyone over there get tired of the "groupthink". Is the Mormon Church really a Republican church? Was Jesus Christ a conservative? C'mon BYU, you are better than that, and you have a higher mission.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Oct. 23, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    On ABC he was a conservative. On Fox he will be a moderate.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Name one news outlet that is fair and balanced.....

    Not Fox, Not CNN, Not BBC, Not ABC, CBS, NBC (or MSNBC).

    Fox and CNN are the closest we have, so why be angry that FOX says they are fair and balanced? There are way more lies about how they are more biased than the other networks. Doesn´t it even out?

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    George is being disingenuous. George is way smart enough to know that Fox is *not* just "news all the time, 24 hours a day" and that it's *not* just a "different energy and feel."

    George knows polemic, bias, propaganda, slant and misinformation when he sees it.

    I've been a George Will fan since 1978 but there's no doubt that, however good he still is (and he's still very good), he's not as good as he used to be. That decline set in long before he moved to Fox. Maybe, now, he'll get a new energy and feel.

    And he's smart enough to know that the Bible is not the word of a god but is totally man-made.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 10:49 a.m.


    What Mr. Will was talking about was that the ABC news division did not cover news 24/7 the way MSNBC or CNN, or FOX news does. Also, like you, I don't always agree with Mr. Will either. His move to FOX for political leanings may or may not be true, but if so, it illustrates a much larger problem with the news media today in general. There was a time when there would not have been any apparant political leanings for news outlets. However I think it was about the time when Reagan was President that all of the sudden we had the reporters of news coming in on weekends to give their personal political views on Sunday talk shows. One thing about Will. He never pretended to report news. He was always an opinion guy. The two should never get mixed up or it compromises the creditibility of the so called news reporter. Seems that today there are so few news people that I don't or can't see what their political biases are.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    I like George Will. I don't always agree with him, but he argues his positions well. But to say that he left because ABC is just a part of a large entertainment complex and Fox is news 24/7 is just wrong. Fox is also part of a large entertainment complex- Fox News, Fox Television and Movies, Fox Cable Channels, Fox Sports, HarperCollins Publishing, not to mention all the other Rupert Murdoch interests around the globe.

    His move to Fox had more to do with his political leanings, which is fine, but he should be more honest about it than making things up about being part of "an entertainment complex."

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    He can now be on the team that just tells the truth.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:05 a.m.


    Not to go too far off in the weeds, but New York City is a fabulous place - especially on a busy Saturday night.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    I suspect that Mr. Will left ABC for Fox because he found the ultra-con echo chamber that exists at Fox more to his liking . . .

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Perhaps it had something to do with $$$

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    I would not want to spend one Saturday night in New York

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    Well, another of the smartest people in the country at Fox. Pretty soon the anchor for ABC news will be John Stewart. What I liked about Will at ABC was his ablility to listen for 5 minutes to liberals giving their opinions, and then in 30 seconds he could dismantle their arguments with a couple of sentences. Brevity of the sole of wit. Welcome aboard to the one network that will at least give the political point of view to "both" sides.