Fox News Whistle Blowers

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    Republican Bias at Fox News Documented in New Film, Featuring Former Employees
    Former Fox Journalists, Internal Memos to Blow the Whistle on Fox Partisan Bias

    Progressives Call for Media Reform

    NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- At a New York press conference this coming Monday, four former Fox News employees will go on the record to expose Fox's persistent Republican partisan bias, while releasing internal memorandums from Fox News Channel showing executive level instructions to Fox on how to bias the news.

    The four Fox whistleblowers appear, along with three others, in Robert Greenwald's new documentary "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," excerpts of which will be shown at the news conference. The film is a devastating indictment of the Fox News Channel's purposeful disinformation in the pursuit of partisan objectives. Also at the news conference, Common Cause and MoveOn will outline their forthcoming campaign OUTFOX, starting with thousands of house parties to show the film taking place on Sunday, July 18th.

    On Tuesday, media are invited to the official film premiere and to a panel on media consolidation and reform hosted by The Center for American Progress, with media authors and critics such as Arianna Huffington and Eric Alterman.

    WHAT: Press Conference with FOX Whistle Blowers

    WHEN: Monday, July 12, 2004, 12 NOON

    WHERE: Emery Roth Salon I, Ritz-Carlton NY, 50 Central Park South, New

    York, New York (59th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues)

    WHO: Former Fox employees; Eric Alterman (The Center for American

    Progress); Robert Greenwald (filmmaker); Chellie Pingree(Common

    Cause, spokesperson for coalition)

    At Tuesday's panel, The Center for American Progress' Media and Democracy Project will explore the impact of today's media ownership structure on news, journalistic standards and democratic dialogue, as well as explain why progressives must include media policy in their political agenda. How has media concentration affected the accuracy of news and the diversity of viewpoints? What does it portend for informed debate and democratic participation? Five leading writers will answer these questions and explore issues presented in Greenwald's film. A reception will follow.

    WHAT: Panel Discussion and Film Premiere

    WHEN: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, Panel discussion: 5 - 6:15 p.m. Film

    premiere: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street, New York, New York

    WHO: Eric Alterman (What Liberal Media?), Arianna Huffington

    (Fanatics and Fools), John Nichols (Our Media, Not Theirs), Nicholas

    Lemann (dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism) and Paul

    Starr (co-editor of The American Prospect and author of The Creation of

    the Media).


    http://www.prnewswire.com
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   mattsmom81
    Fox news is the only major network that I have found to present more conservative lines of thought WITHOUT also attempting to demolish that line of thinking and discredit those who lean that way. From my own viewing experience, Fox also presents the liberal viewpoint without attempting to demolish IT, which IMO IS is more 'fair and balanced' than the others.

    Amazing how conservatives are attacked today...even the more conservative networks are attacked. Gee, could it have to do with the fact its an election year?
  4. by   Mkue
    I also like that Fox presents the Liberal view point as well.. it's nice to have a balance, not just one slant, although I must admit I don't watch television news all that much anymore.
  5. by   fergus51
    Did we really need a whistle blower to know about this? Fair and balanced is a joke imho. I mean this is a network that shows Hannity and Colmes (you know, the one where the one guy is Republican and the other ISN'T a Democrat LOL!)
  6. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from fergus51
    Did we really need a whistle blower to know about this? Fair and balanced is a joke imho. I mean this is a network that shows Hannity and Colmes (you know, the one where the one guy is Republican and the other ISN'T a Democrat LOL!)
    So ..you think he's a Republican in disguise??? If so he is a very liberal one....and seems to support quite a few Democratic candidates and platforms. Fox also has lots of Democrats as guests...watched Geraldine Ferraro the other night. I guess I don't understand your point. Is Colms not liberal 'enough' for you, is that the problem??
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    Well of course, this is not a surprise. I remember when the spokeswoman for Fox admitted that they were "footsoldiers for Bush". Occasionally I watch and I feel even embarassed for Brit Hume. Wasn't he a serious journalist at one time? This particular day they were doing a "news" story on how many often the other channels reported the war in favorable terms and they sounded like a bunch of whining babies. The folks at Fox news are also immature; they have a billboard across from the CNN center taunting them with a messages about ratings. These people are supposed to be professional journalists?
  8. by   gwenith
    Fox is owned and operated in a very real and hands - on sense by Rupert Murdoch. That in itself says volumes.

    This is one source and one snippet from that source

    http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2003/09/fallows.htm

    snip

    What about the imbalance of political views on talk radio and many cable TV channels? asked Byron Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota. Murdoch repeated his standard claim that his news organizations always strove to be "fair and balanced." Then could he explain the fact that radio had 300-plus hours of nationally syndicated conservative talk each week, versus five hours of liberal talk?

    "Yes," Murdoch said with a twinkle. "Apparently, conservative talk is more popular." As if aware that he might have needlessly shown up Dorgan, Murdoch added, in charmer mode, "If we could find a popular, amusing broadcaster to talk for an hour or two every day and he was a liberal, we'd have him on like a shot." Senator Dorgan, Murdoch said, was "doing very well" in his tryout for the job.
  9. by   fergus51
    Quote from mattsmom81
    So ..you think he's a Republican in disguise??? If so he is a very liberal one....and seems to support quite a few Democratic candidates and platforms. Fox also has lots of Democrats as guests...watched Geraldine Ferraro the other night. I guess I don't understand your point. Is Colms not liberal 'enough' for you, is that the problem??
    No, it's not that he isn't liberal enough, it's that he has stated again and again that he isn't a Democrat. If the debates are meant to be between conservatives and liberals, I would think that would be fine. If they are going to be partisan, they should be partisan. Hannity is an outspoken Republican (and there is nothing wrong with that), the fair and balanced equivalent would be a Democrat, not a liberal minded non-Democrat. You need to have passionate advocates of both sides to get an honest debate and Hannity and Colms aren't that. It's one passionate advocate and one moderate.
  10. by   fergus51
    Here's a good opinion piece about Hannity and Colmes. The line that best sums it up since Dennis Miller has started appearing is "two rants, one runt"

    http://www.fair.org/extra/0311/hannity-colmes.html
  11. by   ScottmRN
    The true sadness about Fox news isn't that they are right wing, its that they deliberately attempt to hide the fact that they are to the average viewer.



    Peace,

    Scott B.

  12. by   Mkue
    Quote from ScottmRN
    The true sadness about Fox news isn't that they are right wing, its that they deliberately attempt to hide the fact that they are to the average viewer.



    Peace,

    Scott B.
    Personally I think that some on Fox news do not hide the fact that they are more conservative, just as Dan, Tom and Peter do not hide the fact that they are perhaps more liberal leaning. But at least Fox makes an attempt to show the liberal or more Democratic view as well.
  13. by   Mkue
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    Friday, July 09, 2004


    NEW YORK -Saddam Hussein (search) and his regime chose hundreds of foreign companies to do business with under the United Nation's oil-for-food program. Investigators believe the companies were selected because they or their governments were willing to back Saddam against international isolation and sanctions.

    The list of the foreign companies approved by Saddam, obtained exclusively by FOX News, spells out that Russian and Saudi Arabian companies were the big winners in the scheme, which was beset by bribes and kickbacks:

    www.foxnews.com

    At this time, that I know of Fox news is the only news outlet reporting about the Oil-for-food scandal.

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