The Rupert Murdoch-owned conservative cable news channel launched on Oct. 7, 1996, three months after the debut of MSNBC. "It was a bold innovation, everybody laughed, nobody thought it would be successful. Not only did we very quickly become No. 1 but we’ve been able to maintain that No. 1 position for a long period of time," Sean Hannity said this morning on Fox & Friends. Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told staffers in an email today: "25 years ago today, FOX News Channel went live for the very first time. After months of hiring and construction, and weeks of rehearsals, we had our first show at 6:00 AM ET. Critics didn’t give us much of a chance. After all, we were going up against Microsoft, GE and Time Warner, and were available in fewer homes. They predicted we’d give up within months and quickly flop."
How Fox News changed America: "For all the rightful scrutiny of Facebook in recent days, let's recognize that Fox is corrosive too -- maybe even more so," says CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. "Fox is spawning so many copycats, like One America News, that it's easy to picture an entire right-wing media universe with Murdoch's creation as the foundation. So Fox's quarter-century anniversary is a chance to consider its impacts on the country. The network will be in full-blown celebration mode on Thursday, with a birthday-themed edition of Fox & Friends full of surprises. Promotional vignettes will keep airing all week long. A one-hour special premiered last Sunday. But for the families that feel like they've been torn apart by Fox, this is not a happy anniversary."