Fact Check: Did Hiring Donna Brazile Cause Fox’s Stock Value To Drop?

Conservative Tribune | 3/19/2019 | Cillian Zeal
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Donna Brazile joined Fox News as a contributor and Paul Ryan now sits on the company’s board of directors. Almost on cue, the stock dropped precipitously.

Were they to blame?

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People on social media sure seemed to think so. On Reddit, home of the popular and freewheeling pro-Trump subreddit /r/The_Donald, one popular post was titled “FOX STOCK IS PLUMMETING!!! Maybe hiring Donna Brazile and Paul Ryan wasn’t the best decision…?”

And then, of course, there was Twitter.

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So, did Fox’s stock drop? Yes. In fact, as The Street notes, it was down 3.25 percent on Monday to $40.17 a share. It’s recovered somewhat to $41.70 a share, but still nowhere near where it was.

But here’s the problem: It has nothing to do with Donna Brazile, or Paul Ryan or even Judge Jeanine’s suspension.

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Here’s my gross oversimplification of a complicated issue. In 2018, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion.

“We are extremely proud of the businesses we have built at 21st Century Fox, and firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace at a dynamic time for our industry,” Rupert Murdoch said when he agreed to the acquisition, according to CNET.

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On March 20, according to the SEC filing, the merger took effect. However, there were certain entities that didn’t get absorbed into the new company — including Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports. All three of those would be under the new entity known as the Fox Corporation.

The new entity took over the old stock ticker names that Fox used — FOX and FOXA. And it wasn’t just confusion that had the stocks trading lower, according to the Motley Fool.

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“Of the 26% of (21st Century Fox) that New Fox got, New Fox shareholders received about 1.26 shares for...
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