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Brian Lewis has been at the helm of Fox News Channel's often criticized, but admirably consistent, PR operation since before it even launched in 1996. In 2006, he was promoted to EVP of corporate communications for Fox Television, which comprises FNC, the Fox Business Channel, and Twentieth Century Fox. Certainly, Lewis' job is not an easy one. Few media entities can elicit the strong emotion that Fox News has since its debut. Its supporters praise it as the only "fair and balanced" news operation in a sea of partisan media bias; its detractors view it as a conservative mouthpiece for the Bush administration and the Republican establishment. In the middle of it all - alongside FNC president Roger Ailes - is Lewis, who has assembled arguably the most aggressive PR team that has ever existed. In spite of criticism, Lewis and his team keep the message consistent. He also acts as an adjunct professor in the graduate PR program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.