Fox News Debuts Its New Newsroom With 55" iPads

October 8, 2013


This is a video of Fox News anchor Shepard Smith giving a tour of the new Fox News Deck. Apparently this is the area where all the fact checking and Tweet sifting happens on new 55" touchscreens (not actually giant iPads, running Windows 8). The screens are known to nobody but Shepard and his producer as BATS (big area touchscreens). There's also a 38-foot photo and video wall that he uses to " take this picture and bring it over here. Take this lady who's been evacuating from a hurricane zone and move it over here." Really powerful technology.

Fox says the new "news deck" is designed to appeal to viewers who are "nonlinear" -- those who sift through news all day on their phones and computers. "Just like you, we get our news from multiple platforms," Smith says, "and this is the place where viewers can watch us sort it all out as it happens."

First of all, everybody who's ever worked in the media knows the real fact checking happens in offices with no natural sunlight and florescent bulbs that flicker and slowly drive you crazy. These folks are clearly fact-checking actors hired to try to add credibility to the program. That guy back there -- he's using his computer! Must be verifying a source. And I'm not just saying this about Fox News, I'm saying this about all news organization. No real work happens in front of the camera -- it's all a play. That said, somebody email me when there's a video of somebody watching p0rn on one of those giant iPads during a live broadcast. Now that *putting on sunglasses* would be breaking news. "Those are swim goggles." Heck yeah -- bath time, suckers!

Keep going for the full tour but feel free to skip around because the whole thing is five minutes and ain't nobody got time for that.

Thanks to natatatatatalie, whose name is really fun to say but would be hard to work into a song.

  • james bond

    seem like Doctor Who shit right here

  • Nick

    I know his faced is CGI-ed to look like he's smiling for America. Sorry, I meant 'Merica.

  • Douglas

    can I buy these huge touch screens?Is this

  • rainsoakedpuppy

    Ten assholes scouring Reddit and Twitter. That sounds like a perfectly acceptable replacement for actual reporters....

  • Deng betty

    this is truly not my first time to see the big screen.

  • Delanynder

    "fact checking" is something FOX news has never done, and 55 inch "fact checking" tablets didn't stop them from running a faked story about Obama funding a Muslim museum. Oh FOX, you'll never learn the meaning of bias.

  • Billy___Bob

    Wow. You found one example.

    Too bad ABC/NBC are too busy covering up Obama's failures.

    There were something like 200 stories about the fake person who was first to sign up for Obamacare ... and he didn't actually sign up to pay 4x what he would pay now.

  • joevsyou

    LOL Hope they got a good vision plan...

  • Azariel_z

    So when is Fox news "S" coming out?

  • xanhellx

    -I just can't wait for the first idiot showing porn accidentally in one of those, lol

  • LegoHorder

    Imagine the shoulder muscles you'd build with a touch screen that big. Watch out for sifters playing Fruit Ninja, someone could get pimp slapped. I'm a fan of Fox News, although The Drudge Report is where the news it at. That being said, I prefer my Geekologie politics free.

  • David A.B.

    "Information Specialist" is a fancy title for someone who sits on their ass and surfs the web all day...

  • JJtoob

    Kind of agree, but there is a certain responsibility to it. You can't just surf the web wherever you want, you are paid to check out specific information, not to mention that your monitor can be put up for broadcast at any moment. I don't doubt, however, that during a slow news day, someone is going to be checking out their facebook and whatnot.

  • vadersapp

    They look like barbie and ken dolls at an iPad. Comically large touch screens. Very professional.

  • Jason Moreton

    Didn't realize how many people suffered from hyperopia in the media.

  • That is exactly how I imagine the Power Rangers Command Center to be in real life.

  • David Gabel

    Silly GW.. Apple iPads don't run Windows 8

  • mazurka

    Thank you. Every tech and "geek" writer keeps putting "iPad" in the headline when they clearly run windows and the titles are most definitely linkbait.

  • David Gabel

    Agreed. the whole clickbait crap gets old,

  • I guess you skipped over reading the part where he says they aren't actually iPads.....

  • David Gabel

    I was "poking fun" at GW for calling them giant iPads. Perhaps you saw that. it was the title of the article? Your quip seems rather ill-informed and aimed at me for your bad day (or something) try taking in the full context before jumping someone's case?

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