Fox News Reporter Resigns Over Trump Propaganda, Says It’s Difficult To Get Real Reporting On Air
Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based Fox News reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network as a Trump propaganda machine. Housley said that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become “difficult to get hard reporting on air.”
“He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” the former employee said according to Politico. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”
Housley is the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons.
Conor Powell, the former Fox News Jerusalem bureau reporter, left the network earlier this month saying that the network has become a “propaganda channel” for the Trump administration, according to a person close to him.
“People are losing their minds,” one current Fox News personality told Politico, adding that reporters have relayed in conversation that the climate for them is worse than ever before.
Housley declined an interview but, in a statement shared by a Fox News spokesperson, said: “After nearly two decades at Fox News, I have decided to leave the network and take some time in northern California to raise our two young children closer to my family, which includes running the family winery and even coaching their sports teams. I could not be more proud of the journalism I did at the network, from war zones, to tsunamis, to watching miners pulled from the ground in Chile, I am grateful for the extraordinary opportunities to have a front seat to history and cover news all over the world. A huge thank you to the many Fox employees, especially behind the scenes, who have supported me every step of the way. We are friends for life.”
But Housley is hardly alone in his feeling that the “news” part of Fox News has been marginalized. According to the second person with knowledge of his thinking, his reasons for leaving were similar to those of Powell, the foreign correspondent who recently departed.
Powell reported for nine years for Fox News from the Middle East but, according to a friend who worked with him overseas, felt that the network had moved away from news and more toward opinion. With less opportunity to report on air, the friend said, it became more difficult for Powell to stomach what he saw the Fox News brand becoming.
“Conor was growing increasingly embarrassed by the channel, by the positions, by the relentless blind defense of Trump,” the friend said. “If you’re overseas and doing important work like Conor was, you can certainly focus on the work and tell yourself, ‘Hey I’m doing important things and I’m just going to focus on this and ignore all the rest.’ But it just became impossible to ignore.”
Fox News declined further comment.