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Fox News Wants You To Email Them Examples Of Media Bias

Fox News Watch host Jon Scott, on September 12, 2009 made a request that we should probably help him out with…

SCOTT: First though, if you come across a story that you think shows media bias, e-mail it to us, FOXnews.com.

Email: newswatch@foxnews.com

So, if you come across a story that’s not so “fair and balanced,” you know what to do…

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Turn Off Fox – Take The Pledge

BuzzFlash has a current campaign at their site, TurnOffFOX.com, to help get businesses to turn off Fox News. They are accepting donations and you will get a Turn Off FOX bumpersticker for every $2.50 contributed.

Take the pledge! Stop the spread of the FOX cancer by getting it turned off in public places: such as pubs, doctor’s offices, airports and restaurants. Become an ambassador to decrease the influence of FOX’s misinformation and propaganda.

Adding your name and email address, via the form on their site, will enable BuzzFlash to send you updates on the campaign.

Click here to help Turn Off FOX

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Video: The Return of McCarthyism

A juxtaposition of the past and current use of McCarthyism with clips of conservative personalities such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

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Unfortunately, the above video has been removed from YouTube, so take a look at this one instead…

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Fox News: Only Place You Won’t See Obama

President Obama chose to skip Fox News in his recent round of media appearances. Fox News is now trying to spin this in their favor, as if they had any choice in the matter.

As you may have heard by now, President Obama decided to do five Sunday shows today, but the White House made it clear they had no interest in talking to us. We have a Fox News Sunday exclusive, the only place you won’t see Barack Obama making yet another pitch for health care.

Unfortunately, for the viewers, they will only be subject to more spin and less information from the source. To Fox News this is a good thing. The sad part is their viewers will believe it and they won’t have the information necessary to object to the spin, or notice when it’s being spoon fed to them.

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Video of Fox News Producer Coaching 9/12 Crowd

This could be considered news fabrication… At the very least, it equates Fox News reporting to a day time talk show like Jerry Springer where the audience is coached as to when to applaud, or chant “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry…”

Behind the scenes:

On air:

So, why couldn’t Fox News simply report on the event? Not only did they promote it, but they even had to get the crowd to show extra enthusiasm on air.

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Obama Skips Fox News & White House Response

Fox is playing the victim when President Obama skipped the network in a round of recent interviews after the network previously dismissing the President’s other speeches.

You have people on FNC falsely claim that the White House does not call on them at press conferences, get caught manipulating video of a previous speech, spread falsehoods about so-called “Czars,” acuse Obama of “indoctrinating students,” call Obama a “racist” and “dangerous,” promote tea parties, decide to not show his press conference on network TV, etc. etc. etc. and now they’re whining about being not being included with the other networks.

We figured Fox would rather show So You Think You Can Dance than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News. Earnest was referring to the TV show FOX TV broadcast September 9 instead of the president’s speech.

“Fox is an ideological outlet where the president has been interviewed before and will likely be interviewed again,” Earnest told ABC. “Not that the whining particularly strengthens their case for participation any time soon.”

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CNN’s Rick Sanchez Slams Fox News Over Advertisement Lie

Here’s a great video of Rick Sanchez on CNN showing video evidence of Fox News’ lie in their newspaper advertisement that claims that other networks did not cover the 9/12 protest. There are several clips of CNN reporters at the event, discussing the event, and showing an angle from their tower camera that is nearly identical to the picture used in the advertisement. Perhaps the best part is when he shows Bill O’Reilly stating that CNN covered the event. Ooops.

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Other Networks Take On Fox News Over Inaccurate Advertisement

Fox News purchased a newspaper ad on Friday in which they accused competing media outlets of not covering protests. The other networks are taking them to task over its inaccuracy. The ad asks, “How did, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?” Short answer: they didn’t miss it. The ad is undeniably false.

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CNN provided live coverage, event organizer FreedomWorks said ABC’s coverage was “fair and honest,” MSNBC had protest coverage and CBS had multiple crews on site at the event. It was even the lead story for CBS Evening News. “Fox News’ ad released today is blatantly false regarding CNN’s coverage of the 9/12 rally,” CNN said in a statement.

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Fox News Claims Sen Max Baucus as a Republican

Fox News must like the health care reform package put forth by Sen Max Baucus (D-MT) because they just claimed him as a Republican… They’re known for doing the opposite for Republicans who get caught doing stupid things, i.e. labeling Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) as a Democrat when he admitted to having an affair.

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Fox News, Fox Nation Punked By ACORN Staffer

Fox News and their related web sites, including The Fox Nation, have been on a crusade against ACORN for months, with personalities like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity devoting hours upon hours toward the witch hunt, which has uncovered some wrongdoing. But, this is a hilarious prank by an ACORN staffer against Fox News’ “gotcha” (to use a Palinism) style of journalism.

If you’ve seen any of the “reporting” about ACORN on FNC, chances are you’ve seen the video with the prostitution and murder confession. Serious crimes, right? They would be, if they really happened. Here’s how it went down…

ACORN’s Tresa Kaelke was the focus of a series of videos released by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe wherein they posed as a prostitute and pimp. In the videos Kaelke said that she used to work for an escort service and that she wanted to cover up her prostitution business in order to buy a home. She also “confessed” that she killed her husband. Now that ACORN has released a press release stating that none of it was true, let the hilarity ensue…

“They were not believable”, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren’t even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephan Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface.” While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario after false scenario and the videographer ate them up.

Not only was this a witch hunt against ACORN, but also against the so-called liberal media, which Fox News repeatedly pointed out has not covered this story about ACORN. Obviously, it was for a good reason… Perhaps, Fox News should spend more time vetting its sources rather than slamming the mainstream media, of which they are a part.

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FoxNews.com Rankings on Alexa and Compete

According to Alexa.com, which tracks web traffic metrics, demographics, and more, FoxNews.com ranks 10th in the News category. Here is the current top ten web sites, according to Alexa:

  1. Yahoo News
  2. BBC Newsline Ticker
  3. CNN
  4. BBC News
  5. My Yahoo
  6. Google News
  7. NY Times
  8. Weather.com
  9. MSNBC
  10. Fox News

Contrast the above rankings with those from Compete.com, another web site analytics tool. The web sites from above have been re-ranked depending on number of unique visitors, tracked by Compete:

  1. Yahoo News – 36,654,823
  2. CNN – 29,188,144
  3. Weather.com – 28,356,573
  4. My Yahoo – 23,930,896
  5. NY Times – 16,677,000
  6. Google News – 14,949,452
  7. Fox News – 10,121,190
  8. BBC Newsline Ticker – 8,097,821
  9. BBC News – 5,274,688
  10. MSNBC – 2,806,653

Keep in mind that both of the above rankings is subject to error and that earlier this year Nielsen Online ranked Fox News sixth behind MSNBC, CNN, Yahoo, AOL and the New York Times.

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Glenn Beck’s Ad Revenue Cut In Half!

We’ve got big news — Glenn Beck’s show is making less than half the money it was making when we started calling on companies to pull their advertisements from the show. This is huge and it’s thanks to you — more than 200,000 ColorOfChange members have spoken out, and 62 advertisers have listened.

Data from a media tracking firm shows how deeply we’re hitting Fox’s pockets; they are now sacrificing more than a half-million ad dollars a week to keep Beck on the air.

Of course, Beck and his supporters are fighting back with everything they’ve got. Today, we need your help to make sure the 62 companies who have pulled their ads from Beck’s show stand strong, and to turn up the pressure on his remaining advertisers. Please join us in thanking the companies that have pulled their ads, and in calling on his remaining advertisers to stop supporting him:

http://colorofchange.org/beck/hold/

During the last week in July, Beck’s show pulled in over $1 million from advertising. The first week in September, that number was down to less than $500,000, even as his ratings have gone up.1

It’s clear that our campaign is making a significant financial impact, despite Fox’s insistence otherwise.

What’s happening is a simple matter of supply and demand. Fox has a limited amount of time devoted to ads each day. If 62 companies refuse to run ads during Beck’s show, the demand for that time is reduced, and the rates the network can charge for the show plummet. In Beck’s case, almost no major companies are willing to advertise during either of his twice-a-day broadcasts, so Fox can’t collect as much ad revenue as they could before. If we can keep the advertisers away, Fox will have to decide sometime soon whether it’s worth losing money to keep Beck’s poison on the air.

Beck’s smear campaigns

Beck claims to be a patriot who asks hard questions and gives his viewers the facts. In reality, he consistently uses lies, distortions, and exaggerations to stir up anger and fear, and to distract his viewers from working towards real solutions to the problems facing our country. He seems determined to create an atmosphere in which the White House can accomplish nothing, and he’s doing it partly by launching vicious smear campaigns on Obama’a character, policies and advisers.

Last week, Beck and his supporters took credit for both Van Jones’ resignation2 and for the demotion of Yosi Sergant, who was “reassigned” at the National Endowment for the Arts following vicious attacks by Beck 3. And Beck has made it clear he’s got other targets.4

Holding the line

Our campaign is working. Respectable companies don’t want to be associated with Beck or support his show with their dollars. It’s resulting in a major loss of funding for his show, and at the same time, it’s making clear that Beck’s race-baiting and fear-mongering are far outside the mainstream.

The longer Beck stays isolated, the more of a problem he’ll be for Fox, and the harder it will be for him to spread his lies and distortions. If we can keep the pressure on, Fox will have to make a choice: 1) drop Beck because it doesn’t make business sense to keep him; or 2) communicate to the world that they’re so intent on providing a platform for race-baiting and fear-mongering that they don’t care if they lose money (a serious problem for a public company like News Corporation, the owner of Fox).

More than ever, it’s time to keep the pressure on. You can help by joining us in thanking the advertisers that have stopped supporting Glenn Beck, and calling on those whose ads are still running on his show to follow suit:

http://colorofchange.org/beck/hold/

Thanks and Peace,

– James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
September 14th, 2009

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

https://secure.colorofchange.org/contribute/

References

1. Propreitary study conducted by leading media monitoring organization using industry-standard data.
(for press inquiries, contact beckstudy@colorofchange.org.)

2. “White House Official Resigns After G.O.P. Criticism,” New York Times, 9-06-09

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/us/politics/07vanjones.html

3. “Beck Strikes Again; Yosi Sergant Reassigned at NEA,” Washington Post, 9-10-2009

http://tinyurl.com/oa5oyn

4. @glennbeck on Twitter, 9-03-09

http://twitter.com/glennbeck/status/3749169499

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Another Fox News & ‘Glen Beck’ Fan’s Protest Sign

The picture below, showing another protest sign is actually from a post at Democratic Underground showing the filth left behind after the filth left the 9/12 protest area(s). I’m not sure why “THANK YOU” and “VETERANS” are in quotes, y’know, those evil quote signs Glenn Beck uses… Are they not really thankful, or are they thanking fake veterans? And, notice how Glenn Beck is misspelled? Classic.

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Take a look at the picture again & see if you can find something else wrong… Here’s a hint: it’s red, white and blue, has some stars and stripes and was mistreated by a so-called patriot. It’s probably a safe bet that the person carrying this has called someone a socialist and told them to get out of our country…

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Fox News Keeps People ‘Infromed’

This sign speaks for itself… It reads, “THANK YOU FOX NEWS FOR KEEPING US INFROMED”

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OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

OUTFOXED (DVD) – In this scathing documentary from Robert Greenwald, the Fox News Channel comes under fire. First the film illustrates the way that its owner, Rupert Murdoch, has dominated the media, buying up TV stations, cable channels, and newspapers worldwide. Next, Fox’s reporting tactics are looked at with a fine-tooth comb, revealing a clear pattern of nonobjective journalism. On talk shows and in other debate forums, hosts push conservative points of view. Former employees give anonymous interviews confessing that they were instructed to put a right-wing slant on their work. But the dominant message of the film concerns the mantra of “fair and balanced,” which Fox uses to promote itself. By examining the way that Fox collects and reports news, this film shows that it is simply not fair and balanced. For instance, on Bill O’Reilly’s talk show, he repeatedly tells guests to shut up rather than allowing them to disagree with his agenda. Layering of quick clips–so that we hear O’Reilly tell guests over and over to “shut up, shut up, shut up,”–is one of the most amusing tactics used in the film. But the reality is that by refusing to allow certain opinions to be expressed, and by tainting information to promote a conservative plan, Fox’s viewers are being deprived of the truth. These issues are put into context through informative analytical commentary from media professionals like David Brock (author of THE REPUBLICAN NOISE MACHINE: RIGHT WING MEDIA AND HOW IT CORRUPTS DEMOCRACY), Jeff Chester (of the Center for Digital Democracy), Jeff Cohen (founder of FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Al Franken (a host on Air America Radio), Robert McChesney (host of the radio program Media Matters), and Chellie Pingree (president of Common Cause). Copyright (C) Muze Inc. 2005. For personal use only. All rights reserved.

Click here to buy OUTFOXED on DVD

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