FOX Corp has been in the news a lot lately. In April, FOX News agreed to pay $787.5 million to settle a lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems, which had accused the network of spreading misinformation about the 2020 election. A few days later, the network fired its popular, yet controversial anchor Tucker Carslon.
Though the latest scrutiny is new, media commentators and researchers have long held that networks like FOX and MSNBC are at least partially responsible for the increasing polarization of U.S. cable news. Despite this, FOX retains its position as one of the most watched news networks in the country.
In August 2021, one group of activists had had enough and decided to tackle FOX’s popularity in their own way.
Come rain or shine, every Tuesday, starting around noon, these protestors – most of them over 60 – gather outside the offices of the FOX News building in midtown Manhattan. They hold up banners that ridicule prominent FOX anchors, distribute flyers explaining the steps on “How to Stop FOX,” and chant loudly across the plaza: “FOX lies, democracy dies!”
This group calls itself Truth Tuesdays and forms a faction within the larger direction-action group called Rise and Resist. Their goal is to maintain a regular presence, however small, on what they call “FOX’s turf,” to hold the FOX network to account for its role in spreading misinformation and extremist rhetoric across the country.
In this profile story, Julie DeLaurier, the co-founder of the group, gives more context.