Fox News investigation morphed into criminal probe

A source familiar with a investigation into Fox News business practices has confirmed that the scope is widening now with two federal agencies looking into the network’s financial disclosures and tax filings.

Investigators from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have joined the Justice Department probe into Fox News. The existence of the Justice Department investigation surfaced two months ago, but the Postal Inspection Service’s involvement is a recent development.

Meanwhile, the network’s reputation has been brutally battered by a series of lawsuits related to sexual misconduct and racial discrimination.

One class action lawsuit filed by 11 current and former employees accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination “that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment.”

That lawsuit, in state Supreme Court, recently added eight former and current Fox employees as plaintiffs to an earlier case filed by three former network employees who claimed executives fostered a “culture of severe racial harassment.”

Fox News denied those claims, promising to “vigorously defend these cases.”

Longtime host Bill O’Reilly was pushed out after more than 50 companies pulled ads over allegations of sexual harassment by several women. His departure came nine months after former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was forced out over sexual harassment claims.

Both O’Reilly and Ailes have repeatedly denied the sexual allegations against them but Fox News declined to comment on the expanding federal investigation.

A former political advisor to President Ronald Reagan, Ailes established Fox News to influence public opinion in favor of Republicans. The network drives coverage of issues by diverting mass media attention


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