This just in from investigative reporter Andy Borowitz:

Posted by Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Fox News Channel announced today that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T.

Fox News president Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which will be the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.”

Mr. Ailes said that Fox had considered shutting down only once before, exactly four years earlier on January 20, 2009, and later regretted the decision to continue broadcasting that day: “It turned out that no Fox viewers wanted to watch TV that day. And I mean none.”

According to Mr. Ailes, for the twelve hours Fox News is off the air on Monday the network will broadcast a continuous photomontage of white people.

Read the whole thing.

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Leave a replyComments (11)
  1. The_Ohioan January 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    “It’ll be like Monday never happened.” Been that way for the last four years.

  2. StockBoyLA January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The_Ohioan: lol! agreed!

  3. DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist January 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Having seen how often Faux News ignores important Democratic/Presidential events, would not surprise me…

  4. dduck January 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Now, now boys, have some nice fiber cookies.

  5. sheknows January 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    “broadcast a continuous photomontage of white people” :)

    Where oh where will the narrowminded get their news that Monday? Does Fox even PRETEND to be a legitimate news station?

  6. dduck January 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Why, except for Joe S., on MSNBC.

  7. SteveK January 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm


    2 hurt in accidental shooting at NC gun show

    RALEIGH, N.C. – Officials say two people were accidentally shot and wounded at a gun show at the North Carolina state fairgrounds.

    It happened Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    The fairground is operated by the state agriculture department. Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.

    Emergency crews responded to the scene, and two people were loaded into ambulances.

    Long says the shotgun’s owner brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer.

    The show shut down early Saturday.

  8. The_Ohioan January 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Good one, dd. Satire is catching isn’t it?

  9. PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor January 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Ah Satire….

    Didn’t MSNBC do the same thing from 2001-2009

    Oh wait… they are always off air on the weekends (well except for the prison shows)

  10. DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist January 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in for his second term this morning.

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office to Biden in the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence.

    The swearing-in ceremony, attended by 120 guests of the Bidens, was watched by a press pool.

    I bet you Faux Fox was down for unscheduled maintenance :)

    Obama’s swearing in will be held at noon today in the White House, where he will be joined by his family and Chief Justice John Roberts, who will administer the oath of office.

    I bet you Faux Fox will be down for preventive maintenance :)

  11. 4chewnut January 21, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Tues. Jan. 22, 2013

    fox news spokesperson denies claim, dishonesty decline due to maintenance shutdown.