CNN: Fox News parts ways with a morning host who caused a Covid-19 scare

CNN: Fox News parts ways with a morning host who caused a Covid-19 scare. “Fox News has parted ways with a host who dismayed fellow staffers when she came to work while visibly sick in the early days of the coronavirus crisis. Heather Childers, who had been an early morning host on Fox since 2012, was benched after the incident in late March. She was not put back on the air again — despite her public campaign on Twitter and her messages to President Trump.”

Media Matters: Laura Ingraham is Fox News’ biggest COVID-19 misinformer. The network is promoting her show as a reliable source for data analysis.

Media Matters: Laura Ingraham is Fox News’ biggest COVID-19 misinformer. The network is promoting her show as a reliable source for data analysis.. “A new study from Media Matters shows that Laura Ingraham is currently Fox News’ biggest coronavirus misinformer, based on analysis of the network’s programming between July 6 and July 10. Her show The Ingraham Angle was responsible for a quarter of all COVID-19 misinformation, spreading unreliable claims 63 times, over the course of five days.”

Yahoo News: As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks

Yahoo News: As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks. “The network’s coverage of the coronavirus had already been evolving, as the seriousness of the situation became apparent, but over the last several days something appears to have changed. The shift may have to do with the fact that the coronavirus has shown a ferocious resurgence in recent weeks, after a stretch during which it appeared to be in abeyance.”

The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously. “Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight — yes, data-driven evidence — behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread. Dangerously duped.”

Washington Post: New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

Washington Post: New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic. “In recent weeks, three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others.”

The Daily Beast: Fox-Loving Parents Are Driving Coronavirus-Paranoid Kids Insane

The Daily Beast: Fox-Loving Parents Are Driving Coronavirus-Paranoid Kids Insane. “The spread of coronavirus is pitting family members against each other over the severity of the pandemic and the steps needed to combat it. The fault lines are generational and geographic. But mainly they appear determined by news appetites.”

Vox: A disturbing new study suggests Sean Hannity’s show helped spread the coronavirus

Vox: A disturbing new study suggests Sean Hannity’s show helped spread the coronavirus. “The paper — from economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, and David Yanagizawa-Drott — focused on Fox news programming in February and early March. At the time, Hannity’s show was downplaying or ignoring the virus, while fellow Fox host Tucker Carlson was warning viewers about the disease’s risks. Using both a poll of Fox News viewers over age 55 and publicly available data on television-watching patterns, they calculate that Fox viewers who watched Hannity rather than Carlson were less likely to adhere to social distancing rules, and that areas where more people watched Hannity relative to Carlson had higher local rates of infection and death.”

Nieman Lab: One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed

Nieman Lab: One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed. “It’s been a little over a year since Facebook announced major algorithm changes that would decrease the amount of news in News Feed, instead prioritizing non-publisher content that spurs engagement and provokes comments. Fourteen or so months in, what does the news environment on Facebook look like?”

Hollywood Reporter: TVEyes Will No Longer Carry Fox News in Negotiated End to Big Copyright Fight

Hollywood Reporter: TVEyes Will No Longer Carry Fox News in Negotiated End to Big Copyright Fight. “Fox News has fully prevailed in a copyright lawsuit against TVEyes, a media monitoring service that allows its users to find and share clips of broadcast news. On Friday, Fox News informed a New York federal judge that it had reached a settlement with TVEyes, putting an end to the five-year-old case. As part of the deal, TVEyes has agreed to a permanent injunction and will no longer be permitted to carry copyrighted content from Fox News.”

Nieman Lab: On a big story like the Helsinki Trump/Putin summit, Google News’ algorithm isn’t up to the task

Nieman Lab: On a big story like the Helsinki Trump/Putin summit, Google News’ algorithm isn’t up to the task. “Imagine that you came back home after a busy day of work and wanted to catch up on the news about the Trump/Putin summit. This is, in fact, exactly what I did Monday. I knew some interesting stuff had happened, but I wanted to dive deeper — to see multiple stories and get different perspectives. Google News seemed like a good place to start.”

Database of Fox and CNN “Lower Thirds”

New-to-me: A database of Fox and CNN “lower thirds”. The lower third is that part of the screen with summary headlines, teasers, etc. You can keyword search, but note that the search matches partial words; for example, if you search for cow you’ll get Moscow, coward, etc. Don’t know how long this has been aggregating materials but it doesn’t look like that long.