Fox News launches social networking site

LOS ANGELES - Fox News has launched a social networking site for US conservatives dubbed Fox Nation where viewers can interact with the channel's stars including Bill O'Reilly.

Renowned for its oft right-leaning pundits and aggressive news agenda, Fox News' Fox Nation will act as an interactive media portal for viewers, but also offer a chance for debate and discussion surrounding US and global issues.

Fox Nation members will be able to track and comment on content, such as blogs and videos from Fox News' talking heads, including Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

As a mission statement, the Fox Nation website proclaims: "The Fox Nation was created for people who believe in the United States of America and its ideals, as expressed in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation.

"It is a community that believes in the American Dream: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One that believes being an American is an honor, as well as a great responsibility -- and a wonderful adventure."

Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax lobby group Americans for Tax Reform and Fox Nation contributor, said: "I believe that Fox Nation has the potential to do to the internet what Fox News did to cable television.

"That is, be a disruptive, transformative -- but also profoundly constructive -- media force.

"Just as Fox News brought a new vision and voice to the media landscape in the 90s -- fair and balanced reporting, plus strong debate and commentary -- so Fox Nation will bring still more vision and voice in the decade to come."