A Fox News reporter who has been with the network since 2001 has announced he will be leaving amid disagreements with the network’s new direction.
Adam Housley, a reporter based out of Los Angeles, reportedly cited the company’s transition to becoming more panelist-discussions than offsite-reporting as his reason for leaving.
As Politico reports, this is the second reporter to leave the network in the last three weeks for those reasons.
From the report:
Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees.
“He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” the former employee said. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”
Housley’s objections to the Trump-era Fox News are widely shared within the network’s reporting corps, according to current and former employees of the network. Conor Powell, the former Fox News Jerusalem bureau reporter, left the network earlier this month for similar reasons, according to a person close to him.
Housley released the following statement, via a Fox News spokesperson regarding his decision to leave: “After nearly two decades at Fox News, I have decided to leave the network and take some time in northern California to raise our two young children closer to my family, which includes running the family winery and even coaching their sports teams. I could not be more proud of the journalism I did at the network, from war zones, to tsunamis, to watching miners pulled from the ground in Chile, I am grateful for the extraordinary opportunities to have a front seat to history and cover news all over the world. A huge thank you to the many Fox employees, especially behind the scenes, who have supported me every step of the way. We are friends for life.”
The reporter quickly cleared up some misreporting regarding his leave:
Getting some time to see all this spin has me wanting to make one thing clear. Fox gave me amazing opportunities. I am not bashing them on the way out. For you partisans, look at my news reporting. I have 17 years of solid fair work. My coverage speaks for itself.
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) August 25, 2018
Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, praised Housley for his work over the last 17 years in a statement of his own: “We thank Adam for his many years of service — his passion for storytelling, professionalism and dedication to journalism made our reporting stand out on countless stories throughout his tenure. We wish him and his family the very best.”
In recent years, mainstream media outlets have shifted their programming away from live reporting across the world to commentary panels within the network. The former is described as very expensive and fact-heavy while the latter is incredibly cheap and opinionated.
Both Housley and Powell offered similar sentiments for their reasons to leave the network:
Fox is not the only network spending more time with panelists spouting opinions instead of reporters in the field. Panels proliferate on CNN and MSNBC, as well.
“News gathering is very expensive. Talking in a studio is very inexpensive,” said Greta Van Susteren, a longtime former Fox News host who has also worked for CNN and MSNBC. “And as long as the ratings are high when they’re talking in the studio, you’re going to get more of that.”
Powell reported for nine years for Fox News from the Middle East but, according to a friend who worked with him overseas, felt that the network had moved away from news and more toward opinion. With less opportunity to report on air, the friend said, it became more difficult for Powell to stomach what he saw the Fox News brand becoming.
.@adamhousley just did a great live shot for our morning show today from Hawaii… and this afternoon he announces he is leaving Fox News to run his family’s winery and spend more time with family. You are one of the best at Fox, Adam. A real pro. Happy for you. pic.twitter.com/UBluaIKnPx
— Troy Hayden (@troyhaydenfox10) August 23, 2018