News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is either feigning ignorance, or he’s completely out of touch with reality…
MURDOCH: No. I don’t think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party. But I’d like to investigate what you are saying before condemning anyone.
Here are numerous examples to help with Murdoch’s investigation:
- “Join Your Local Tea Party”: Fox News’ history of promoting the tea party movement
- Anchor: “It’s now my great duty to promote the tea parties. Here we go!” During the April 13, 2009, edition of Your World, Fox Business anchor and “business journalist” Stuart Varney
- Fox News aired more than 100 commercial promotions for tea party protests in less than two weeks. From April 6 to April 15
- Beck encouraged viewers to “please go” to “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News aired graphics on repeated occasions in which they dubbed the April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Parties, “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”
- “Can’t get to a tea party? Fox Nation hosts a virtual tea party.” On the April 11, 2009, edition of Fox News Watch
- Fox News host: “[H]opefully millions of people” will participate. While reporting live at a protest on April 15, 2009, former Big Story host John Gibson
- Anchor to viewers: You “need to go” to tea party merchandise site. On April 15, 2009, Fox Business anchor David Asman
- News anchor on list of nationwide tea party events: “Check it out online right now.” On March 24, 2009, Hemmer noted protests in Florida and Ohio and directed viewers to the program’s website
- News anchor: To find “one happening near you, head to our website.” On April 6, 2009, Hemmer again directed viewers to Fox News’ website to find a tea party “happening near you”
- Hannity: “We hope you’ll join us.” On April 3, 2009, Fox News host Sean Hannity said: “And also log on to our Web site to get all the details about our special ‘Tax Day Tea Party.’
- Hannity: “And then it’s April 15, it’s our tea party tax day show. And I’ll be hosting the show from Atlanta, where one of dozens of tea party protests are going to be going on that evening. So we hope you’ll join us.”
- Reporter: “We want to let folks know” tea party schedule so “they can be a part” of events. The August 23, 2009, edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ hosted Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams to promote the tour.
- Reporter: “[H]opefully Washington will listen to their concerns.” During the August 28, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends, William La Jeunesse
- Host: “How you can join, next.” On its August 19, 2009, broadcast, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers “how you can join” the Tea Party Express
- Fox News helped viewers find out “how you can join” the Tea Party Express by displaying the dates and locations of 22 stops.
- “To sign up for Tea Party 2.0 Go to …” On May 13, 2009, On the Record host Greta Van Susteren
- Cavuto on protestors: “God bless these folks.” On March 27, while showing footage of tea party protestors gathering for a tea party rally “four and a half hours from now,”
- Reporter endorsed tea partier’s call to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” While covering a tea party protest for FoxNews.com on September 4, 2009, reporter Griff Jenkins interviewed a tea partier who said he wanted to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” Jenkins replied: “How about that. I couldn’t have said anything better than that.”
- Fox News employee: Some members of Fox “cheerlead for rallies and tea parties.” Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg stated on September 29, 2009: “There are some programs on Fox that are not only not ‘Fair and Balanced’ — they’re commentary shows, they don’t have to be — but they brag about how ‘Fair and Balanced’ they are. They don’t cover rallies and tea parties; they cheerlead for rallies and tea parties. And as a journalist, I am totally against that.”
- Tea party participants credited Fox promotions for bringing them to the April 15, 2009, protests.
- Tea party organizers used Fox News to increase attendance.