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Anderson Cooper Calls out Sean Hannity

Fox News host Sean Hannity aired a special on “liberal media bias” that CNN’s Anderson Cooper claims was edited in a “completely misleading way.”

In the clip from Hannity’s show, Cooper is shown calling the attacks on Joseph Wilson, the former Bush administration ambassador who set off the Valerie Plame scandal, “a victim of a Bush administration smear campaign.” However, as Cooper showed, the clip had begun in the middle of a sentence. Cooper was actually saying that Wilson was claiming to be a victim of a smear campaign, not stating his own personal opinion.

“I try to choose my words very carefully and I don’t like it when someone cuts around them to make it seem like I’m saying something I’m not,” he said, adding that he hoped Hannity did not “knowingly, falsely edit something to make a point. After all, that would be biased.”

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FoxNation Terror Attack Fear Mongering

While Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) did ask Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair about the “likelihood of another terrorist-attempted attack on the U.S.,” and Blair did reply that the “priority is certain,” the headline and graphic posted on Fox News’ site, FoxNation.com, was arguably misleading and of the fear mongering variety…

1. The question was about the likelihood of an attempted attack, 2. the response was that an attempt is thought to be certain, 3. the three to six month time line in the question is fairly typical and 4. why the need to invoke the image of 9/11 when there have been numerous “terrorist-attempted attack[s]” on the U.S. that would have been more accurate to depict? Or, show the the senator and/or intelligence chiefs from the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. They decided not to use a photo of an attempted attack that occurred under Obama’s watch… That wouldn’t be yellow enough for Fox News’ “journalism.”

At the time of this post, MSNBC.com and CNN.com both had photos of the intelligence chiefs answering Feinstein’s question, which is an accurate depiction. FoxNews.com did not have a photo accompanying their article. FoxNation.com was just absurd, like usual, stirring up the emotions and hateful comments (i.e. “If this terror event does happen (and I hope it does not) can they at least take out the White House & congress?”). FoxNation.com was not alone in the headline usage, however – MSNBC.com had a similar one: “Al-Qaeda ‘certain’ to attack U.S. within months.” CNN.com’s headline was better: “Intelligence chiefs: Terror attempts on U.S. ‘certain.’”

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Fox News Ignores Haiti Benefit, O’Reilly Complains About Being Ignored

While many other channels, including MSNBC and CNN, covered the Haiti Now global benefit, which aired live on Jan. 22, Fox News decided not to. Okay, so they do this from time to time when it aligns with their agenda (i.e. being absent from the gay rights protest). Nothing new… So, why is Bill O’Reilly complaining that he’s being ignored?

O’REILLY: Factor Follow-up segment tonight, getting charity to Haiti. As you may know, a TV telethon last Friday raised nearly $60 million to help the folks at Factor, but now comes the hard part: getting the money to the people who are suffering. Now, we tried to get someone attached to the telethon to speak with us tonight. We were not successful, and that is not a good sign. [...]

I want to be very careful in this discussion. I want Americans to be charitable to the Haitian people. I think they need it. I, myself, have given money to that island nation for a long time. We called up the telethon, which was based out of MTV, and said, Look, we just need somebody to just run through the process where the money goes, how it’s distributed, what the time frame is, all of that. We’ve got DVD albums in play. We’ve got all kinds of stuff coming in.

They could not or would not supply us a spokesperson tonight. And that just worries me.

It’s obvious that Fox News consciously chose not to support this cause, so why on earth should anyone believe they’re surprised when they are not supported in return? They seem to have this backwards – a news channel is supposed to report the news and not ignore certain events and then turn around and demand that they not be ignored. A better question is why don’t Fox News viewers realize this is not how it’s supposed to work?

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CNN Takes On Fox News’ Falsehoods About Kevin Jennings

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CNN Ad Regarding Fox News Lie

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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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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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Bill O’Reilly’s Poll – Where’s Fox News?

Bill O’Reilly‘s web site currently has a poll asking, “Which news agency do you trust the least?” Fox News Channel is conveniently missing…

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Fox News Hypocritical On Recruiting Center Attack

Remember Bill O’Reilly falsely claiming that CNN did not cover the Army recruiting center attack until Anderson Cooper brought it up? It turns out that Fox News‘ portrayal of media bias was a bit hypocritical. Why, you ask?

Fox News did not air the press conference held by a survivor of the incident, which CNN & MSNBC both offered to cover. Furthermore, it appears that Fox News didn’t even bring it up. I guess it was more important to Fox News Channel and its personalities like O’Reilly, Hannity & Beck to make up claims of liberal media bias than to actually report on the real issue.

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CNN’s Rick Sanchez Takes Bill O’Reilly to Task Over Lies

It’s always great to see someone in the main stream media call Bill O’Reilly out on his lies, especially when it’s an absurd lie and there is absolute irrefutable proof. Take Bill O’Reilly’s comments about CNN not covering the Army recruiting center attack until Anderson Cooper featured it. O’Reilly had the audacity to state that CNN didn’t think of the tragedy as news and failed to report on it all day.

Rick Sanchez proceeded to play a montage showing CNN anchors and reporters discussing the incident all day.

“Let’s see, that was Kyra Phillips, Tony Harris, Heidi Collins, Lou Dobbs, certainly you saw myself, you just saw David Mattingly there, Wolf Blitzer, we saw Kiran Chetry, we saw Erica Hill — that’s nobody?” Sanchez asked.

“Let’s add this up together now,” Sanchez said. “We led with the story when it broke. We led with it again the next day. We analyzed the terrorism angle with experts and called former FBI agents to take us through it. And as a network, we covered the story umpteen times throughout the days, throughout all hours of those days. But Bill O’Reilly says he only saw it once. And since he only saw it once, well then that must be the truth. It doesn’t matter what really happened. It doesn’t matter what the record shows. All that matters is what Bill thinks he saw. We called Fox today, by the way. No response yet.”

The only thing Bill O’Reilly was correct about was calling CNN a “news channel.”

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FoxNews.com 6th Place Behind MSNBC & CNN

This is becoming an increasingly important indication of global news audience ratings because more and more people get their news online. Nielsen Online has released their ratings for Top Global News Sites, by Unique Visitors for March 2009. FoxNews.com places sixth, behind MSNBC, CNN, Yahoo, AOL and the New York Times. Here are the top ten:

  1. MSNBC Digital Network – 39,900,000
  2. CNN Digital Network – 38,724,000
  3. Yahoo! News – 37,902,000
  4. AOL News – 23,604,000
  5. NYTimes.com – 20,118,000
  6. Fox News Digital Network – 16,791,000
  7. Tribune Newspapers – 16,513,000
  8. Google News – 13,668,000
  9. McClatchy Newspaper Network – 12,508,000
  10. ABCNEWS Digital Network – 12,189,000

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FOX News’s Gun Fear Mongering

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