Influences the Outcome of Elections: 2000
During the 2000 election, Fox News prematurely called the election for George W. Bush. Many major news outlets followed their lead and media watchers like David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt, believe this unfairly slanted the close race in favor of Bush while voters remained in line. Brock and Rabin-Havet note in their book The Fox Effect that Fox News analyst John Ellis, who initially called the state of Florida for Bush happens to be Bush's first cousin. Ellis denied any bias, saying: "We obeyed [journalistic guidelines] more strictly" because of the family relation.