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Fox News Watch
Former logo of Fox News Watch
GenreCurrent events debate show
Presented byJon Scott
StarringHoward Kurtz, Jim Pinkerton, Cal Thomas, Ellis Henican, Judith Miller, Kirsten Powers.
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production locationNew York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Original release
NetworkFox News Channel
Release1997 (1997) –
August 31, 2013 (2013-08-31)

Fox News Watch was an American current events debate show on the Fox News Channel hosted by Jon Scott dedicated to discussing media bias. The show ended on August 31, 2013, replaced by the similar MediaBuzz.


Fox News Watch featured a panel composed of two conservatives and two liberals, moderated by Scott. Similar in premise to CNN's Reliable Sources, the panel discussed how the media portrayed certain news stories from the previous week. Panelists also discussed the overall condition of the American news media, such as the newspapers, cable news networks, broadcast networks, and other popular news outlets.


On February 2, 2008, then-host Eric Burns announced that Neal Gabler had left the show to work for PBS and that Jim Pinkerton had left the show to work for Mike Huckabee. In June 2008, Pinkerton returned to the panel.

Burns's contract was not renewed and expired in Spring 2008, reportedly saying in an interview that, "Fox News has told me that my contract will be terminated within the next 2 months, perhaps sooner. I was given no reason. It certainly has nothing to do with ratings; the last episode of Fox News Watch was the second highest-rated weekend show on all 3 cable news networks and the program has almost been in the top 4 or 5. I have no theory, none, why they are getting rid of me. Although I heard rumors, I have never heard reasons." Fox News responded by saying Burns's contract was a contributor agreement rather than a talent agreement.[1] Burns was replaced by Jon Scott.

The final Fox News Watch program aired on August 31, 2013.

Howard Kurtz hosts the replacement program MediaBuzz.[2]




Former panelists

Reception and criticism

Left-wing media critics and bloggers argued that Fox News Watch perpetuated the myth of liberal bias in the mainstream media while ignoring conservative bias by Fox News.[3][4] Fox News Watch has also been accused of ignoring or dismissing controversies concerning Fox News's parent company, News Corporation, such as when an outtake was leaked online showing the program's panelists refusing to discuss News Corp's phone hacking scandal.[5][6] This issue was, however, later discussed in-depth (and without further refusal) during a broadcast on July 16, 2011.[7]


  1. ^ SteveK (February 8, 2008). "Eric Burns Out at Fox News Watch". TVNewser. Mediabistro Inc.
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 20, 2013). "Howard Kurtz, CNN's Media Critic, Leaves for Fox News". The New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Burns, Mike (July 24, 2010). "Fox News' media critics deflect blame from Fox News on Sherrod story". Media Matters for America.
  4. ^ Gertz, Matt (April 18, 2010). "Fox News' media critics ignore recent Hannity, O'Reilly scandals". Media Matters for America.
  5. ^ Neiwert, David (July 11, 2011). "Fox's 'News Watch' program discusses everything BUT the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal". Crooks and Liars.
  6. ^ "Fox News Watch Does Damage Control For Parent Company, Blames Phone Hacking On "Tabloid Culture"". Media Matters for America. August 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "FOX News Watch : FOXNEWSW : July 16, 2011 11:30am-12:00pm PDT". July 16, 2011.