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Sirius XM Radio Cuts Fox News | Conservative Censorship With XM

Sirius XM Radio Cuts Fox News | Conservative Censorship With XM

Sirius XM Radio has recently cut Fox News form it regular line up. So is this a business making a business decision or, simply censorship?

I used to pay for the XM Radio service, not any more. As we start looking into the “reasons” that this particular digital radio company dropped Fox News, the more it looks like censorship.

Here is a simple opinion on why I and, many, many others are going to CUT XM Radio from our listening choices.

XM Radio And Censorship…Seriously?

Of course their response to my own Facebook inquiry is that they will still “handle” Bill Oriely, Sean Hannity and a couple other famous voices from Fox News, but Fox itself has been sent to the hounds. Sad.

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Can we just ask one question…if Fox News is the most watched news station (proven), then why cut it for any other reason than bias?

Like Joseph Goebbels, some left wing leaning companies are starting to show their true colors about free speech. There is no other reason for this debacle other than…censorship and bias.

I know that you and I may not agree on all things morally, politically or whatever, but we do agree that free speech should be free. If we don’t, then why the heck are you on my site? get out.

Now I understand that Sirius XM is a business, and as a business they can air whatever show or music they wish, but wow, that is bad business.

Just a fact for 2012 and Fox News:

Fox News dominated as usual, taking the top eight programs. The network averaged 2.6 million total viewers during primetime, for a 47% jump since November 2012.

While some channels and stations like CNN and others saw an increase as well, Fox News still dominated 2012 and show no sign of slowing. I may be a little biased, but I would not cut a station if it brings the customer…

So far, no response of why on my Facebook of why they cut the program, just some hype about the others. My next question however will be if CNN, MSNBC and any others will be cut…and I think we all know the answer to that…no.

I am a fan of Fox News, CNN and even Headline news, MSNBC, well, those people are disgusting and wrong, that is not even news. But, if I owned Sirius XM, well, business is business and they would have a place on my station.

The Radio Station That Censors Is  A Radio Station I Can Quit….

Although we may not agree as I stated above, I think we should let go and drop Sirius XM Radio, besides, there are free services and cheaper services just as good out there. And, here is something I learned, they have FOX NEWS!

Whether you agree with me or not on the why, it makes no sense to drop a media organization as popular, trustworthy and significant as Fox News from a radio platform or for that matter, from your customers.

This politically targeted assault on FXN is about as transparent as the Obama administration and Benghazi. This was a blatant choice between silencing the conservative view based not on business, but on bias and politics.

Sirius XM Radio may cut off Fox News, but I am cutting off XM today. My call to you is to do the same no matter if you are a conserative or not, this is about free speech for them, not business.

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  • Norman Henry January 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I am going to cancel my SiriusXM subscription if SiriusXM does not restore Fox News and the Patriot channel to their coverage.

    • David Boozer Author January 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      I did, and even if they restore it I am out….not to be a jerk about it, but it makes no sense other than bias…

    • Jean Hoffmann January 8, 2013 at 2:28 am

      My husband and I both love XM Sirius and just bought a new car so we can use it. Pls change your mind and continue having Fox. Thank you

    • trish January 13, 2013 at 1:18 am

      fyi…fox news is still on its fox news talk that was cut and they are incorporating some of the most popular people on fox news talk onto the regular fox news channel. it’s not censorship…fox news talk is still available on the Sirius platform just not the xm platform. Siriusxm patriot channel 125 is still available. If this was censorship wouldn’t they cut the main fox news channel 114 as well Which is still on Siriusxm

  • Joe Scruggs January 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I was wondering why I could not get Fox News the past few days. It is not as important to us here in Canada as to you in the USA, but it is a direct correlation of our political situation here. We fought the Liberal bias here to get our ‘Sun News’ channel on satellite and it could go the same way as Fox News has. As much as I enjoy the music, Old Time Radio and many other choices of XM, I must take a stand with you. It will be gone from my Truck.

    • David Boozer Author January 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Thanks Joe, I hate not having the service, but I am looking for a replacement currently…don’t forget, if you have a smartphone or tablet, there are plenty of free satellite radio and internet radio services available today, and they have Fox News.

  • Jon January 6, 2013 at 5:10 am

    What are some of the other sat staions that are available. I always listen to fox news and now that xm decided to cut it, I want to find another service that will give me what I want to listen to.

    • David Boozer Author January 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

      I am looking at a few right now and will put up a post on the one I choose soon….Thanks for the inquiry though…=)

  • Dan January 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Agreed on everything you wrote but, honestly, I don’t think Sirius XM is even relevant anymore. Most of the people I know had already dumped sat radio in favor for more modern online/app-driven services. And car companies are already integrating other options (Toyota integrating Pandora, for example). I don’t think Sirius XM is going to be around in 5 years. Why pay to listen to highly-compressed content and commercials?

    • David Boozer Author January 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      That is an extremely valid point and I hope that everyone sees your comment. I use my tablet or smartphone many free or cheap services…

      • Sue January 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Traveling in the Redwoods and would pray Sirius was in my rental, but if not would rent.
        Not now!

  • atthebeach January 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The first and foremost reason that I have ‘satellite’ radio; is so that I can ‘hear’ Fox News. . .listen to other programming; Fox News is what brought me ‘there; and keeps me there. Or did; until they dropped the leading network. Perhaps they will take up with Al Jazeera. May be; but will not be tuning in to find out.

    Bad/sad move. . .Obama exempt them from Obamacare or what?

    • Dtchris January 31, 2014 at 2:34 am

      I totally agree. the only reason I have XM is to listen to Fox News. No Fox, No XM. Frankly my decision to drop XM is a matter of ethics, which they apparently lack. .

  • atthebeach January 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Well; wrote XM and now realize is that is it ‘Fox Talk’ exclusively; and not ‘Fox News’ as well; that has been dropped! Programming; in fact; that I enjoy when tuned in; but actually, seldom listen to! Another letter at hand? Or let that one serve as a ‘cancellation warning’ – of sorts. . .

  • Jake January 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    David, your blog post is false. They have not cut Fox News. Even Sirius XM response’s to you is that they still have Fox News on channel 114 (as they always have.)

    What they cut was some channel, called Fox News Talk Radio (basically a radio call in channel). So while you’re stating false information that Fox News was cut, I’m currently listening to it.

    Check your facts next time.

    • David Boozer Author January 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      SiriusXM Radio Hi everyone- Thanks for reaching out to us. Fox News Talk is no longer available on the XM Satellite service or the SiriusXM Internet Radio service.
      We still carry FOX News Channel (Channel 114) where you can find Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and many more. Great conservative talk radio will remain on SiriusXM Patriot both on satellite and online (Channel 125 in the Politics category) with hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and many others. I have no additional information to share with you at this time. –Kate

      I may be a little off on “FOX NEWS” but I am not wrong about them cancelling it….

      • Jake January 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        You stated:

        “if Fox News is the most watched news station (proven), then why cut it for any other reason than bias?”

        “Fox News dominated as usual, taking the top eight programs. The network averaged 2.6 million total viewers during primetime, for a 47% jump since November 2012.”

        “Fox News still dominated 2012 and show no sign of slowing. I may be a little biased, but I would not cut a station if it brings the customer…”

        The fact is that the most watched news station (as you cited), and the station that dominated in 2012 (as you cited) was NOT cancelled by Sirius XM. It’s still on channel 114. So they did not cut a station that was highly rated. You stated the most watched station was cut, hence putting out false information.

        • David Boozer Author January 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          AS QUOTED FROM SIRIUS: ( ONCE AGAIN ) “SiriusXM Radio Hi everyone- Thanks for reaching out to us. Fox News Talk is no longer available on the XM Satellite service or the SiriusXM Internet Radio service.
          We still carry FOX News Channel (Channel 114) where you can find Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and many more. Great conservative talk radio will remain on SiriusXM Patriot both on satellite and online (Channel 125 in the Politics category) with hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and many others. I have no additional information to share with you at this time. –Kate”

      • Jeff Balek July 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

        I know that fox news is on sirius xm radio, however I tried channel 114 on my siriusxm internet radio, and channel 114 doesn’t work on my internet radio evern though it is supposed to be Fox news. It would be much appreciated if you could get fox news on siriusxm internet radio.

    • Janet September 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I beg to differ with you. Channel 114 no longer exists on my siriusxm car radio. Neither do any of the other conservative talk stations.

  • David January 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Fox news is the only talk radio I listen too in my drive to and from work. This really is disappointing. I will cut my subscription for sure. Thanks sirius!

  • Rickey Carter January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Glad to see this issue before continuing my free trial. I am already turned off by the high prices, method of holding credit card hostage for lower rate versus convenience of their auto renewing at higher rates, and now to find that for probably no other reason than censorship they will not carry Fox News if though everyone knows it is a very popular news venue. I will NOT be renewing at any promotion cost. Hope others sill do so to hurt them in the pocket book. If they didn’t have such large contracts with Oprah and Stearns, perhaps fees would be believable.

  • david marshall January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    i just got back from vacation and found out that xm no longer will have fox radio, this is censorship, and if they donot restore fox news i will cancel membership on both cars.

  • Fred Bennington January 9, 2013 at 12:27 am

    My wife and I love Sirius radio, but we plan to cancel our subscription if Sirius does not reconsider the decision to drop FOX News. With the left wing propaganda machines of MSNBC, CNN, ABC,NBC, CBS, and the like only FOX provides a reasonable alternative and I will not give my hard earned money to a group (SIRIUS RADIO) that is so biased.

  • Mark J. January 9, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Just canceled my two radios. When asked for a reason, I said that I will not deal with a company that censors views. She told me that they were getting a lot of complaints and may be reconsidering the move. I then told her that I won’t deal with a company that even attempts to censor. I then got the “two months free” offer… Told her I wouldn’t keep it if they gave a year free. I am due a credit since I prepaid for a year, I was expecting a battle on that one.

    • David Boozer Author January 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Hopefully you got your credit Mark….I like the system, but to tell you the truth, there are many APPS today for all of this that carry FOX without the issues of bias.

  • Framework January 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    One of the reason I subscribe to Sirius is there business model. I thought a network built around Howard Stern would never cave to censorship. I subscribe to Sirius not because I get value for my money but because I feel we need to keep services open that do not rely on advertising. However this changes everything. I will cancel both my cars. For those of you that are doing the same I suggest you to take the money you save and subscribe to Glenn Beck’s site the Blaze. This would send a potent message to those who think they can stop free speech.

  • Wayne January 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Msnbc was removed from the XM lineup in 2006 and 2010. The channel came back after some time. It’s safe to assume this was a contract negotiation gone bad. It’s silly to think that a publicly traded media conglomerate would sacrifice significant revenue for the political perspective of a few. Revenue growth trumps all. Those who stand in the way of delivering value to share holders are forced out. For those of you with Fortune 500 experience who disagree, I’d love to hear why.

  • Adam January 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

    They still have conservative patriot channel,so obviously its not about censorship…probably more about money

    • David Boozer Author January 13, 2013 at 3:37 am

      Could be, this is only one opinion here…=) Thanks for the comment and perspective….

    • David March 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      It is about censorship because they condensed the conservative call in program channel. You go through the lineup on xm and it is sickening to juxtapose all of the adult comedy, adult sexually oriented channels, the liberal news programs and the crass music channels with the small amount of conservative and traditional values programming. I got xm for the three conservative stations and now they have gotten rid of John Gibson and Kilmead and Friends and other insightful and informative programs. I will not be renewing and may cancel if this channel is not restored. Enough is enough~

    • Janet September 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      No, they don’t. All of the conservative stations have disappeared from my siriusxm radio in my car.

  • Bob Van January 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I am glad I didnt get this program that my wife said I should consider, But now I will not even throw it in the hat without The best on TV, FOX NEWS. With a rating better then all the liberal ones combined.

  • traci January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I HOPE THEY CANCEL THE RADIO AND THE TV SHOWS!

    • Boster January 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      What’s the matter Traci? Can’t handle the truth?

      • David Boozer Author January 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        For people like Traci, truth is in the eye of the beholder, unfortunately for her, that can kill you, hurt you or, make you unintelligent.

  • connie stilling January 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I had renewed my account and had to pay another 50.00dollars for fox and then A 2months latter it is canceled. A fter this 6mths. is over I will be moving on.I am not going to be exsposed to the lies from the left I am stuck with.

  • Jenner January 28, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Fact is, the Fox News channel on XM was not removed, only Fox New Talk. Even after Jake pointed this out -twice-, David has chosen, for whatever reason, to avoid addressing this and just moves the goal post, despite the fact that the subject of his ire didn’t happen, and SiriusXM isn’t practicing some nazi censorship. David should be embarrassed for making such childish claims. Meanwhile, it’s rather “interesting” that despite the fact that Fox News and Sirius Patriot are still on Sirius and XM’s lineups, most of the people here are STILL hyperventilating about some kind of imagined “liberal media bias” censorship, when none has occurred. I guess we wouldn’t want facts to get in the way of the righteous indignation of the torch wielding mob, right?

    • David Boozer Author January 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      They removed it, It is not there anymore. Duh.

      • Jenner January 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Ah. I see. You’re just whining then.

        • David Boozer Author January 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm

          Nah, once a product or service sucks, you move on. Besides, look at all the Apps out there and all the free ways of getting the shows you like the most. No, no whining, I leave that to OWS people and atheists every time common sense and reality sets in. =)

    • john February 12, 2013 at 2:33 am

      They are droppin the Fox News Radio Channel. I listen to it quite often. What about replacing with a new Conservative network like the blaze?

  • Crev C January 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

    don’t blame ya one bit, Dave!! Personally, my wife and I are sick of the news. So we listen to Pandora. A lot!
    Besides, you don’t need to listen to the news all the time, do ya? Catch it once in a while and maintain your mental health!

  • HN February 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Just so you all know this is a on going attempt by the left, orchestrated by the white house, to reduce FOX News influence and to shut it down if it can. In August FOX News Channel’s contract with XM with be up for renewal, Sirus/XM is not planning to renew.

  • Tim February 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m about as liberal as can be without being obnoxious . I think taking off Fox is crazy. I love all points of view!!
    Tim

    • David Boozer Author February 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks TIM! It is a real treat, seriously speaking, when all parties can see what this means… Thank you very much for your comment, it is truly appreciated!

  • Harvey Taylor February 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Fox News Radio (FNR) channel 126, IS being removed from SIRIUS tomorrow (Feb 15). It had already been removed from XM (the sister satellite) in December. Fox News (channel 114) remains on both, but for how long? I too have not been able to find out WHY, a and, surprisingly, FNR has only been telling of it’s impending removal but says nothing as to WHY? There is a terrific smartphone app called TuneIn Radio where you can connect directly to the streaming version. Works very well in a car’s Bluetooth connection and USB connection. The dedicated iPhone app FOXNEWS2GO stopped functioning some time ago and is no longer available in the APP store. Wonder why? WHY? WHY??

  • HN February 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Some of these decisions to drop FOX are ideology driven. Negative revenue consequences are not even a concern. It’s not about good business practice, it’s about political control and control by destroying your enemy.

  • Charlie February 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    David, Fox News Talk’s contract was not renewed because the executives at Fox were asking too much money for a new contract. If they would have settled for a smaller amount, they’d probably still be on.

    • CC February 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Charlie, How do you know FOX was asking for too much money?

  • CC February 21, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Just contacted Sirius XM; they are keeping fox but only on a SIRIUS RADIO CHANNEL 128; this is another money making ploy. For me to get Fox News in my car, I now have to buy a SIRIUS RADIO! Not to mention I have NUMEROUS UNUSED XM RADIOS.

    • Harvey Taylor February 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      As of this morning Feb 21, FNC is NOT on Sirius channel 128! Potus is there.

  • Paul February 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Fox News 114 is NOT available for online streaming.

  • brian flynn March 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Did you really think when Sirius and XM were allowed to merge and competion was eliminated that the consumer would benefit.

    The only way the consumer will benefit in the future is if competionis restored

    • HN March 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Dropping FOX altogether may have been a condition to get this merger to happen. Why else would the creation of a monopoly be allowed?

  • James March 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I was an early sub to XM. After the merger with Sirius, it went downhill. I used to be a political junkie, always listening to Rush and others, but after the last election, I went cold turkey. Here’s the thing: I liked XM for music. But my Ipod had a month’s worth of albums on it. So I plug it into my AUX and play shuffle. Can’t be beat. Hard to believe people are still paying for radio.

    • David Boozer Author March 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      LOL! I know right, paying for radio kills me…

    • connie stilling March 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      I pay for the talk radio of my choice , They had no problem keeping on Ed SCHULTS OR sHARPTON ON BOTH SIDES OF MY PATRIOT CHANNEL wHEN YOU PAY FPR SERVICE i SHOULD HAVE THE ONE i CHOOSE.

  • ingrid March 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Sirius Radio is a private firm. They are under no obligation to keep Fox on. They also
    cancelled the Playboy channel. If you want right wing talk…AM is always
    as there commercials every 4 minutes. Freedom of the press belongs to those
    who own a press.

    • James March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Ingy’s absolutely right, which is why many people will apply their own free speech by not purchasing XM subscriptions (but they HAVE to buy health insurance!). That’s what I did awhile back. AM and Ipod: XM-Sirius can’t beat it.

  • Morrison April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hmm, not sure why this post wasn’t allowed through back on March 25th when I first tried to post it so I am trying it again….

    This idea of your’s that Sirius XM Radio is engaged in conservative “censorship” is ridiculous and you are misinforming the public. Just last night I had dinner with 2 friends who were outraged because they had read online that Sirius XM had removed their FOX News channel because they want to censor conservative talk……and they said they got it off your website. They said that they just could not understand why Sirius XM would cancel the broadcast of cable’s highest rated news channel and that the only reason must be “censorship”. I told them that Sirius XM has NOT cancelled their FOX News channel because I hear it everyday when I start my truck! Turns out they didn’t bother to read down to the posts of your more knowledgable commenters to see that it was the FOX News TALK channel that was removed. Nah, instead they just read your badly researched post claiming that FOX News itself was removed because of “censorship and bias”. You don’t seem to be
    willing to admit that you got it wrong in your original post (with regards to it being FOX News TALK that was removed and not FOX News) and why (due to not being able to negotiate a contract that satisfied both FOX and Sirius XM). At the very least you could add an update to your original post clarifying that it was FOX News TALK that was removed for those who come to your website but who are too lazy to read down through all the comments. You owe Sirius XM an apology for making bogus “censorship” accusations against them and you owe your readers an apology for misleading them with your poorly researched material.

  • Kim June 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Even though David may have used Fox News Channel and Fox News Talk Channel interchangably, it appears that it IS about CENSORSHIP. I have recently heard that next month XM will be removing the popular overnight programming of Coast to Coast AM and Alex Jones. These are on Talk Radio and America’s Talk, respectively. Will all conservative programming be removed from all channels leaving only the Patriot Channel for conservatives? Actually, C to C runs the gamut, not exclusively conservative, so I don’t know why it is being removed. It is on the fringe and George Noory does have a lot of Conspiracy Theorists on, so I can see the Administration wanting it gone. We live in a very rural area and AM radio is not an option for us that is why sat. radio was great. If all the programming I listen to is cut, I will have no option but to cancel my subscription. I can download my music and listen on the tablet.

    • terry November 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      already canceled my subscription, with out coast to coast and alex jones I have no us for Sirius xm.

  • James July 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I dropped xm the moment I heard they were dropping fox news talk. I had xm from day one. Now I’m listening to gibby and company on tune in radio.

  • Susan Vincent August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Over the last several months my preprogrammed favorites have been messed with by Sirius Xm. My Patriot station keeps being removed from my favorites list. I have to keep going back and re-storing it. I am glad it isn’t gone completely but good grief!! Why can’t they leave it alone? Not renewing!!!

  • tony October 18, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Xm has pulled all alternative talk off complete cencorship

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