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>> fox news update, rupert murdoch launching a 24 hour cable news channel. >> the appetite for news. i really believe it is expanding. >> 1995, i was covering ojsimpson trial, i heard we're starting a cable channel, i said what? a cable channel? >> i remember reading about the launch of this channel. thinking to myself, i have to find a way to get in
here. >> i was on first on air person hired, for fox news channel, cable was still very young, nobody wanted to work for kaple. >> i was in raleigh, north carolina, at a cbs affiliate, i was doing great, i had an opportunity, i said where do they want me and what do they pay me? i had not heard of fox news channel. i was hired for the atlanta bureau, that was my apartment with a fax machine and a cell phone. >> i was a local reporter and anchor in fresno, california. 27 years old. my agent called me one day and said that fox news channel wants to hire you. and i said, oh, what is that? they didn't have a studio yet. i had a plywood desk, literally plywood, not fancy glass and steel, no plywood.
this is where we would do the practice newscast. >> they said what are you doing sunday, i said as in two days, i said nothing. well we'd like you to host a 3 hour sports show live on the air. okay? is what i'm wearing fine, i only have one suit. yes. come on in. i wound up being the last person they hired for the on air staff. and they said, you know, what we have one job left. , would you want to be the weather guy? take it or leave it. it is like you know, what i need a job i'll take it. ♪ ♪ >> good morning welcome to fox news channel. >> fox news now, all of news you need in 19 minutes. >> good morning. >> topping the news. >> day one. some of the stuff was so
bad, so many mistakes in production, we never thought the channel would make it. >> hello? >> we have some incorrect audio coming across. >> technical difficulties we did not hear. >> on day one, you thought, i don't know. it was a little rough going. >> i am jon scott there are few figures on the american scene today more controversial than our next guest, minister. >> we launched you could not watch fox news channel in new york. the cable companies would not carry us. it was like doing television in a vacuum. the first place i worked where you can't go home at night and turn on tv and watch our own channel. >> it was trepidation. it was a learning curve for me, my first shows were humiliating and embarrassing, if you show any during the special there will be grave consequences
for anyone that inserts that. >> welcome to hannity and combs on fox news channel, each week night, 9 p.m. eastern, allen and i will bring you an intelligence and discussion. >> i was covering the bob dole campaign, i was a reporter assigned to the campaign in studio in new york. and i watched him do the interview on fox news, i remember thinking that is not going to work. [ laughter ] one of many things i have been wrong about. >> real question. back in 1996. whether fox news would still be around. >> very few people thought we would succeed, bill carter for "new york times" referred to fox news channel as rupert murdoch's imaginary friend. >> we had fox on pets, we
had fox on technology. those were early day shows. >> welcome to pet news, a show that will inform, educate entertain you. >> i am in new york city, 48th and interviews some of the biggest names on sports. >> welcome to george foreman. >> good to be up in the morning. >> welcome back to united states, chuck, look at these temperatures, we have here you have to love them. >> i had fun with it. we realized early people like the news but they liked it with a little sense of humor. we added sense of humor. >> welcome to the program, we have a new name, no longer fox express. no, it fox and friends. >> nobody, that i knew was watching the fox news channel.
because you know, we were the little engine that could, but we had not quite made it. >> i called for stories as a reporter early oh, it and i am in fox news, say they'd is that -- simpson's network. >> i am here to do my, they said where are you from, fox news, they said, bart simpson is here, you don't look look bart. >> sometimes it fell like we were hanging on by the skin of our teeth, there were so many days we were about to do a live shot, i was fingers crossed, saying let's see if this works, we didn't know. we were all working so hard. >> i was not at fox news the moment it started but another network. that network was having a
good time with fox, thinking not serious or go doing last. that was the scuttlebutt. and the beginning you think you are with the cool in, as time went on. i started watching it, i said hmm, that hannity is really good, the other shows, fox and friends, something is going on, it became apparent to me, it did not have an identity crisis, a lot of other outlets had. fox knew what it wanted to be and stayed true to its mission. that is the key. >> fox was the rebellious up start. the critics gave it no chance of succeeding. but the brilliant minds behind is understood there was a vast unserved audience in the united states. >> we were scrappy, you have to be scrappy, always us again the status quo. and us against you know the whole power of the rest of mainstream media here. we always had fewer people
than cnn for example, they had 30 people on the story we would have like 4. but we had an attitude. >> we didn't have the biggest staff. but there was a fighting spirit that existed there from the beginning, that was contagious, and also a tremendous sense of freedom we could pursue stories and go places, and take chances. >> everyone was trying to make it happen. like you know using tape to hold things together, and always having a sense that we were the underdogs. >> we were just struggling and hanging by a thread at times. >> there was this little news channel. fledgling. >> not a lot of people gave it a chance. but it touched a note in the american people and that note just kind of sang. >> i was at the home depot. and a guy i did not know, just turned to me and he said, hey, steve, the thing you did about the thing you
did. that was hilarious. i was thinking? that guy watched. first time ever. we're breaking through. and so it is like, okay. maybe there are people interested in what we're doing. >> i was heading to a story in little rock. and i went to the airport, i got off of the plane, and a woman came up to me said, you brett baier, i said yeah, she said i love fox news, because you want and i decide, i fell like calling marketing and saying this is starting to take. >> i'm with fox news channel, not the symptoms -- simpsons, a different fox, doing that over and over, then one day you call and it fox news channel, they know who you are, they answer your calls. >> as we showed up people recognized us, and they said, hey, these are fox news guys. the fox news team, you would kind of feel the channel was resonating. >> one day in particular, i
was asked to go downtown because sylvester stallone was in town, i got there, it was chaos, i thought it was a waste of time, he gets in the ring, he looks over at press and hes me, and says hey, brian, come here, for stallone to call me over, and recognize me and know my first name, i thought this is a your full place it resonating with a lot of people. ♪ ♪ >> our nation's first responders serve the communities and put their lives on the line every day. and as country has faced challenges of late we have seen first hand bravely and selflessness of their response. to honor our first responders we're giving first rounders fox nation for free for a
>> the thing about fox news at the very beginning, you had the sense you were in on the ground floor of an operation, then couple things happened. big things, you remember. monica lewinsky, the blue dress, bill clinton's impeachment. all of a sudden fox news is a realplayer on this story. and then comes hanging chads. year 2000. george w. bush versus al gore. >> the decision desks are looking at this, scratching their heads unable to call this race. >> again. all of a sudden, you see a
need for an alternative source and a different source of news, it is just like all of a sudden, a lightning strikes, more and more people say, oh, yeah, let me check out what fox has to say about this. >> billed on three big stories, one was clinton-lewinsky, the second 2000 election and third aftermath of 9/11. i think we did a good job on 9/11 covering that story, but in aftermath we looked at it differently from other media. when the dust cleared we were number one and have been since. >> you get to 9/11 it was you know a freight train, that nobody could stop. >> it was palpable the concepts of fox news channel getting on the map, you could feel it after three years there was finally some traction. and it was going to survive. >> i came to fox news after
the twin towers one down went down. >> that is the way it has been, mujahidh would avance. and they could call on b-52. >> that refreshed my interoutlook on life -- entire outlook on life was the independence, editorial independences, the bosses said do your thing, get out there report. gets close to the action as you can, take it away. >> fox news had a culture that said we're going to tell the truth and we are going to take chances that other cable news and other news networks were not willing to take. i think of one story in particular in which i had obtained internal documents from clinical trials of a drug that was supposed
to prevent depression, but was causing suicide, and the drug company was denying it. most of cable news at that point had their advertising comes from the pharmaceutical city, we were exposing the pharmaceutical industry. this was an incredible act of courage that no other network would have taken. if i was not working at fox news channel at that particular time that story would not have been told. >> i am extremely grateful to fox. everybody covered religion at one point when it is a big story, something happens with the pope or vatican, i am the only full time religion correspondent in network television, i owe that to fox, i owe it also to fox understanding my unique gifts. that i am uniquely qualified to present religion in a way
that no one else can. >> my first day at network, i was invited to a meeting to discuss how we were going to cover money. the first thing out of the producer's mouth. we don't want to talk about wall street or federal reserve or qe3. we don't want you to use elite language, speak to real americans. real americans. i said, this place is for me welcome to allstate. where you can pay a little less and enjoy the ride a little more. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ now, get new lower auto rates with allstate. because better protection costs a whole lot less.
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>> i had worked at nbc and cnbc and business news for 7 years before i came to fox, still had that scrappy feel, it had been a round for a few years, there was spill an energy and an edginess and a scrappiness to it was that fun and attractive to me. it fell like you could kind -- do anything. you know if you were willing to work hard enough and put yourself in to that mix, and work long hours, you could succeed. my path to fox news went through 1600 pennsylvania avenue, the white house. where i worked in the press office first deputy then
press secretary, i end up thinking, i would like to continue to be a part of the conversation, even after bush administration ended. confident right as a was about to leave the white house, i met sean hannity. he came to have a last look around the white house when george w. bush was president. but first high came to see the press office -- he came to see the press office, he asked me what i wanted to do when i left the white house, i said i am not positive, but i know some way, i want to continue to be a part of political conversation in this country, he said what about fox news. >> how i came to work at fox news is interesting, i was an editor in chief, i edited magazines, they came to me with an idea, late night show that was kind of like improve, fun. right of center, they flew me over from england to new york. i assumed it would take a
couple months, and the vp said, you start next week. do you know anyone? like writers, and guests. and i almost -- i was like floored. but we did it. >> hey, there you are. >> within a week we were up and running, at two a.m., show called red eye. >> coming to new york, having an opportunity at fox news, meant everything to me. it was my dream as a child. so, i was have humbled to be selected. >> story developed on august 5. here we are, 69 full days later reporting good news for you. >> overnight for 7 years. and then we launched fox and friends first, i was selected to be one of coanchors, i still worked overnight and stayed for that extra hour, got the job at fox and friends, i love my job, there is not a day that goes by that i wake up and i dread going to work,
love it, i am there waking up american, a dream come true. >> personality drives so much of fox news channel. from hard news on this side to personality driven on the other, that character in between is more dynamic than i think you find anywhere. >> it goes back to its founding slogan, fair and balanced. it really is that simple. not everyone at fox thinks like i do, i wish they did, but not everyone does. my dear friend, i mean dear friend geraldo a grace great case in point, the fact this channel for first time, allowed for that conservative voice to also be heard. to be a part of this discussion. made it very special and very unique. >> fox is dominant it is
different, it is authentic and real. you see people who have different views on fox. even people who work here full time. sometimes shades of difference, sometimes dramatic. that can be frustrating. it is always frustrating when someone does not agree with you, but you on viewers appreciate it. they don't need to agree with everyone they see on television. >> when someone hears about fox news, i think that elephant in room does not expect someone that looks like me. when looking at me, or hearing about me, comes this certain perspective. this young man, who is obviously black, and has curly hair and wears jordans to work and changes to a suit. but one phrase i can always remember from the executives all the way to the talent, it has been blj .
be lawrence jones, there is a certain authenticity that comes with that because you feel liberated. >> i wanted to work at fox, i liked watching television, i started in the basement of fox in the newsroom, i was working in intake, i was labeling tape, i got a shot as production assistance, minimum wage, one day i was sent out to the file field and i was told to ambush a judge in alabama, i ambushed wrong guy, after that, i got the the feel of things. >> where we're we going. >> to nyu . >> i grew up on television, people say, jesse, i remember when you were a little guy, running around
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♪ ♪ >> you know i got into this business, because i wanted the action and i'm getting it. my job is chaos, there is no shortage of inventory. >> down range here. >> when i went to iraq to do the first of the embeds after the fall -- baghdad, i was told to go there, cover it, see what soldiers are experiencing, gets it home. pretty soon i was in fallujah, jumping out of helicopter can the paratroopers in to combat missions, what we saw, is what we brought home.
>> we will take this position, and hold it and wait for aircraft to take off. there will be blinding dust. >> i hope through the process that we gave the american viewers a good sense of what their fighting men and women were doing there. on a smaller scale, i think we did provide some comfort to the families am because they could see someone who knew their husband or their son and they could see what they were doing. they got the feeling their husband, son, daughter were ago through the reporting we did there. >> i think fox is usually smaller in the feel on international stories, the other people might have you know fully outfitted buses. you know restrooms and boats and helicopters. and you know 4 or 5 reporters, it might just be and you a camera person doing the job.
>> u.s. forces targeting taliban front line positions north of kabul, i can tell you -- maybe you can hear that. they severely still have some teeth left in them. >> there is a few people at this company who are willing to do what sound like a simple thing to risk their life to get the picture. some of them you heard of, a lot you have not heard of. >> that was an incoming mortar, this post is now under attack by taliban forces some, soldiers here have taken up a safety position in the bunker, that out going. we're trying to ride out this attack by the taliban. >> i have probably been in a dozen situation with camera people who risked their lives to get the picture, not because they are crazy, or they are
-- adrenaline junkies but they are trying to do what they believe is an important job. >> they think they found one here. >> i was covering israeli-palestinian conflict, a live report on the telephone in the jerusalem neighborhood. suddenly there was automatic machine gunfire. everyone ducked. i looked up. a border policeman who was standing a few feet from me, was hit. a bullet pierced his heart. >> there you go. you can hear the gunfire in the background now. >> what kept me from panicking was the fact that i knew i was live on fox. and i had to keep my composure, i had to describe as best as i could what was taking place. if not for, that i don't know what i would have done. in a way that helped keep me calm and focused because i
had a job to do, i was working with a freelance crew, they were medics in the israeli army, they helped save this man's life. >> it was 2005, i was sent to gaza strip to conservative the withdrawal of jewish settlements we slept on the ground night before to be there first light. im -- what i remember most anguish, israeli soldiers having to drag. the jewish settlers out their homes. >> right now they are bringings the family out of their home. they are forcibly evacuating them. >> i have learned over the years, telling the human stories, connecting to the individuals as a human being
that is what makes for a powerful reporting. >> our vehicle has been hit. >> in my time as chief war correspondent here, i remember we were bush whacked in mosul iraq, our car got hit 14 times, we came as close to death as you can. >> left window shattered. tire flattened. door punctured several times, windshield also impacted, looks like we were hit at least one full magazine from an ak-47. >> we got to a place of a striker brigade. they treated us like comrades, they knew we had been attacked. >> we're reading off a -- whether we're reading off a teleprompter in new york or somewhere in the world, getting it right has to be job number one, how it affects you personally can
be different factor. >> it is my belief we're watching beginning of a refugee crises. >> there are times you come across the stories that touch you in a way you do not forget. >> i was thinking the other day about standing outside of bear sterns -- bear stearns while the banks were crumbling, i watched men and women carrying cardboard boxes with personal items, it was a moment for me it took my financial reporting to general news to human stories, you saw a stock market collapse that led to collapse of many american lives, still gives me chills the leak on those people's faces. >> you see history of millions of people change before your eyes, hard not to have an impact on you, 9/11 was one of those events.
>> here we go again. here we go again. i don't know what is going on. but this -- this second builds is collapsing. >> the earthquake in haiti was significant. >> thick skin develops you from keeping maybe this arm between you and people you are covering. >> most people are sleeping on what they can find. bed sheets, blue tarps, plastic wrapping they use to shield the sun from their skin. >> the story, that armor was destroyed. it got to me in a way. the people of that country have so little to begin with, they were wracked by mother nature, an act of god that set them back further. >> difficult to get your head around the size of what happened here, the sheer numbers. we found new hope for the women here -- woman here,
who was about to give birth in squaller of this tent city. >> i remember driving through the hills of port-au-prince thinking this is not right, not fair. and it got to me. >> there have been so many moments in my career that stand out. one in particular is very tied to the team we are at fox news, that was the elementary school shooting sandy hook. in the moment we all took a beat in newsroom together, the nation heard my voice. we were there as a team. i could not have done it without them, that is fox news. togetherness. when it's good, when it counts and when it's tough. >> there is a comrade behind the scenes at fox that is special, like being a super bowl champion. everyone is working together. and it is not just players on the field, the coaches, the trainers, the guys in the locker room, the guys painting the stripes on the
field. >> the people i have worked with over the years, it is a family. and the stories that i have been able to cover, have all been incredible moments in history, we had a front seat to history. i feel so grateful at having been able to be a witness to history. and all of these individual moments that we were able to witness in the middle east and elsewhere is what i spent my adult life doing, it is a profound honor to be able to tell these stories. ♪ ♪
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>> one of the best things about fox news is the fox audience, if you want to meet the fox audience, go on a presidential campaign, i president so many amazing people, got a sense of what america is all about. >> i was a fox viewer, i think being a fox viewer has been a real benefit for me as an on air talent. i feel that i'm the viewer, i know what the viewer wants, i was the view are the viewer for so many years, in when viewers seous street, they come up to us, say, i feel like you are my
friend, i wake up to you, i know you. what is greatest compliment. people know we care about them, we care about issues they care about, we feel that way about our viewers, i think many of them feel that way about us, we feel like a family internally, the minute we meet someone outside who is a loyal viewer there is a instance bond. >> i did breakfast with friends and went to diners and talked to people, they first asked me to do it i will be honest, i didn't get it talk to them about what? what is the value? and so there are some mornings you walk into a diner, you are pretty jaded about where the world is. frustrated by state of the country. there was never a morn ago there is never a morning that i walked out of that diner still jaded. the depth of common sense,
wisdom, love and grounded values of people who pay attention to the nation and have insight. in straight talk. that you just don't hear unless you spend the time to sit down and listen. >> when you meet the real salt. the early people that make america what it is, it is a privilege to think they watch you to get their information from you, that is why i really love being at fox. >> i have been in so many homes, i kid you not, fox news channel emblem on the bottom of the screen is burned into the television, it is on 24 hours a day, they feel, you are their family, if many cases they are our family, they have kept us going. >> connection with audience is profound and strong, they are listening to news as they are getting their kids ready or packing
lunches or putting make-up on or getting dressed. >> i have been blessed by -- reaction of the american people, they treat me as if i were a friend, a neighbor, a family member, i take my strength from the audience. >> as i crisscross the country, people say, as soon as it's 9:00 no one can speak in our house. i say to myself, for me? they are listening to me. i am floored, not only a compliment when people bring into their living room or kitchen or bedroom, they have invited us in. it is the ultimate. the ultimate welcoming. >> the pandemic, big elections. viewers have chosen fox news channel to tune to, to choose to trust.
and i think the biggest thing to say is thank you. >> i want to say to audience thank you very much, thank you for keeping us grounded. thank you for keeping us committed, i appreciate all your criticisms. i appreciate all of the accolades but more importantly, i appreciate you telling me and keeping me on the straight road. >> i think about our viewers every day and privilege they give us coming into their homes, they are smart, they can make their own decisions they trust to us present them the news, we make sure everyone night we give them what they are looking for. >> i want to say thank you to all fox viewers, we are grateful. >> thank you for supporting what we're trying to do. thank you for pushing us until we get to the truth. thank you for allowing the creativity and the work to actually bring you the story.
and i think it is partly the audience enabling to us do that. >> most important thing i want to say to this audience which is so loyal. more loyal than any other channel in television. i am grateful. because you give my an opportunity to do what i love to do every day. >> to the fans of fox news channel, we would be nothing without you. and you are the the reason we're here. you are the reason we get an opportunity to scream from the rooftops, about what a great countr we live in, how grateful we should be for it, how we need to fight for it. my heart and full of gratitude and thankful ness. there is no way to find a more actively engaged audience than audience of
fox news channel. >> this is about connecting and reflecting views and reality of what people go through, it has been a remarkable adventure, i think about all opportunities that i have had to tell the stories that i want, and say i think it important, it has been astounding. >> i have no idea where the story goes over the next quarter century but it will be fascinating. >> we understand something that i fear other cable news networks do not, i see optimism. optimism about america. i see a vision that the country is going, yes, we have troubles but we can mend our differences and go forward together. i think that fox news is the cheerleader of that. that. >> we're proud of our country, i think whether you love us one day or don't the
next, we want to be there every step of the way. >> over past 25 years we have carved out our place in history, our place in news. we hold a front row seat in the white house press briefing room. these days there was a time that was a question about whether or not that would happen. whether there was room for us in the field. and interviewed pretty much every presidential candidate, vice presidential candidate on the way. over the course of those years, now i get to sit at the big desk and work with brad and brett and chris, and bill and dana, it has been an incredible journey. >> for me personally it has been the best job i have ever had. i have been on the cutting edge of american politics. i have gotten to interview presidents. question candidate in debates. >> we have a lot of time. >> i had opportunity to interview some of the great news makers in this country
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