Kari Lake was a Fox TV anchor for decades. His old station doesn’t tell viewers.


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It’s as if Kari Lake never worked at Fox 10.

The Phoenix television network, owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, has effectively chosen to forget its more than two-decade history with Arizona’s tumultuous gubernatorial candidate, condoning election fraud and media attacks.

Recent on-air coverage of the campaign reviewed by CNN does not mention that Lake was a longtime anchor at the station. And even recent online coverage has ignored that fact. It was only eons ago, when Lake declared his candidacy, that he had worked at the Fox 10 station.

But Lake’s 22-year history at Fox 10 is a crucial part of its story. He used his powerful platform to become a household name on one of the nation’s highest-rated stations. Similar to the way former President Donald Trump leveraged his celebrity as a television star to win the White House, Lake leveraged the influence the organization gave him to launch what could be a successful bid for the nation’s highest office.

Fox 10’s lack of disclosure about the history closely associated with Lake is a glaring omission from the local station that has not gone unnoticed. A spokeswoman for Katie Hobbs, Lake’s opponent in the race, told me her camp has noticed this glaring lack of disclosure. The Hobbs spokesperson added that while the Hobbs campaign believes that Fox 10’s daily coverage has been mostly consistent, the broader issues covered during the race have been unfair to their candidate.

Of course, it is not uncommon for political campaigns to be critical of media coverage. But the perception of bias is why it would be prudent for the station to be too transparent about its relationship with Laku when reporting on the campaign. The station must also inform its listeners of the steps it has taken to ensure that both candidates are treated equally.

Especially when Fox 10 anchor John Hook, who has done news alongside Lake for years, spends much of his time on Twitter, often attacking climate science, renewable energy, gun safety laws, Covid vaccine data and soundbite. when he questions other issues they have. Like they were ripped straight from a Fox News primetime script.

Generally speaking, in an age where trust in the media is reaching new heights, it’s important—necessary—for news organizations to be transparent and honest with their audiences. An information gap is an environment where mistrust grows and trust sinks.

In a one-sentence statement, a Fox 10 spokesperson told me only, “Fox 10 KSAZ-TV is very pleased with our political coverage leading up to the election and stands by its newsgathering and editorial practices.” In other words, the station is more than comfortable that the next governor of the state could be a right-wing hardliner who helped to dominate and expand.

Bill Grueskin, a distinguished professor at Columbia’s School of Journalism, argued that the station could handle the situation better, and it wouldn’t be difficult. “Whenever a news organization is writing about a former employee — especially one who played as big a role as Lake did and is running for a top job as governor — it has an obligation to disclose their relationship,” Grueskin said. , adding, “It’s an easy thing to do.”