“Fair and balanced” Fox News aggressively promotes Tea Party

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Despite its repeated insistence that its coverage is “fair and balanced” and its invitation to viewers to “say ‘no’ to biased media,” Fox News has frequently aired segments encouraging viewers to get involved with “tea party” protests across the country. Media Matters has compiled an analysis of Fox News’ promotion of these events.

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Update:  I saw this news item last night and this morning ran across a bit of a compilation on Media Matters of Fox News laying claim to ‘Tea Party.’

During the April 9 edition of Your World, for at least the second time in three days, Fox News aired on-screen text describing April 15 “tea party” protests that Fox News hosts will be attending as “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News has often described those protests primarily as a response to President Obama’s fiscal policies. While airing the text, host Neil Cavuto stated that “we are genuine about being all over the country” at the protests, adding that “we think if you folks are making a big deal of it, you know what? It’s a big deal, because you folks are a bigger deal.” Beck added: “We picked the Alamo for a reason. Stand. Stand.”

News Hounds also is on it, citing Neil Cavuto’s program.  An interesting point of fact is made as well….

Neil Cavuto has been defending FOX News’ coverage of the upcoming tax day tea parties by repeatedly suggesting that FOX News gave similar coverage to the Million Man March. But the Million Man March occurredwas not operating until October 7, 1996, nearly a year later. October 16, 1995 whereas FOX News.

side-noteAs an interesting side note, this diary was at Daily Kos in early April regarding the language used at the Fox News Network.  Flak Kaserne was the military installation for the hospital while I was in Augsburg, Germany.  Our radiology clerk was a man named Georg who had also done “his duty” as a youngster in Germany.  At the time I was there, he was 45.  Dachua was some 55 km (40 miles) from Augsburg.  The town of Dachua is like a side trip while on the way to Munich.  It was at one time a walled market city made infamous for the concentration camp.

And for FUN….here’s video from Americablog featuring the ladies from ‘Sex in the City’ on teabaggin’

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2 Responses

  1. Um what are they?

  2. Um – if you don’t know then you haven’t been following the news. And if you do know, then you’re being factitious. (FYI: Don’t use “um” – it’s condescending and does absolutely NOTHING for reasonable ‘debate.’)

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