The Graduate Review


Fox News is the most popular cable news network in the United States, drawing millions of conservative viewers who trust it more than any other outlet. Although many of the network’s claims are subject to controversy or rooted in falsities, these viewers continue watching, offering a never-before-seen devotion to the network. Using Fox’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as insight from Karl Marx and Walter Benjamin, this paper demonstrates how Fox manufactures its hosts’ performances to advance its fetishizing of the commodity of cable prestige.

Note on the Author

Matt is pursuing his Master's Degree in English at Bridgewater State University. This paper was written in the fall of 2021 as an assignment in Dr. Halina Adams' Critical Theory in English Studies course.