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Wow, I guess Fox News is Fair & Balanced

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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sh...vering-campaig

Even, according to some Democrats. Who knew?
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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sh...vering-campaig

Even, according to some Democrats. Who knew?
They employ more avowed or admitted Democrats and Liberals than the others. Or maybe they just allow them to admit it, I don't know.

I don't think a single Republican or Conservative has a job on NPR. Unless you count PJ O'Rourke on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

Since I watch virtually no TV, only listen to Sirius Radio in my truck, I can't say much about Fox News. I'm only reporting what I've heard other reporters say.
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That's not convincing to me.
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^= View Post
That's not convincing to me.
You are kidding me, really?
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
You are kidding me, really?
That might have something to do with

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Well, I said that I think during this entire campaign coverage starting in Iowa and up to the present, Fox has done the fairest job, has remained the most objective of all the cable networks: you hate both of our candidates.
He's a politician, remember?
post #6 of 18
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Ahhh, but you didn't quote it all.

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Well, I said that I think during this entire campaign coverage starting in Iowa and up to the present, Fox has done the fairest job, has remained the most objective of all the cable networks: you hate both of our candidates. No, I'm only kidding. But, you actually have done a very balanced job of reporting the news. And, you know, some of the other stations are just caught up with the, Senator Obama who's a great guy. But Senator Obama can do no wrong, and Senator Clinton can do no right. Unquote

Very tongue-in-cheek but quite the kudo for Fox if I do say so myself.
post #7 of 18
IMHO, the reality is that politicians will suck up to all media stations during election year.
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
IMHO, the reality is that politicians will suck up to all media stations during election year.
You got it! We'll see how "fair and balanced" Fox is once it's clear who the Democratic candidate is. Based on Fox's past coverage of election campaigns and the Iraq fiasco, I really don't expect too much.
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You got it! We'll see how "fair and balanced" Fox is once it's clear who the Democratic candidate is. Based on Fox's past coverage of election campaigns and the Iraq fiasco, I really don't expect too much.
Really? Who would you consider best balanced?
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Really? Who would you consider best balanced?
The BBC. I'm not kidding - when it comes to American politics or the Iraq war anymore, I make certain I read foreign news reports.

I usually read the online versions of the Washington Post or New York Times, CNN, the BBC, and Der Spiegel (liberal German news magazine) and Die Welt (conservative German newspaper) every day (I've got a long commute and a PDA), and I really like the BBC site.
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
You are kidding me, really?
No, because,

I'm not really familiar with either the journalist or the politician in the article, so I don't have any reason to take anything they say seriously. I can't evaluate them compared with other acts.

The whole tone of the article is very superficial and joking. It reminds me of the local Fox (broadcast) morning news anchors. Each one trying hard to be funnier and cuter than the other. There's nothing there to make me take what they say seriously.
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They employ more avowed or admitted Democrats and Liberals than the others. Or maybe they just allow them to admit it, I don't know.
Huh. Strangely enough, my definition of fair news sources is when you can't tell how the person who is supposedly reporting it feels about what they're reporting. You shouldn't know if the person is a liberal or a conservative.

The fact that it comes into play at all is proof enough that it's not fair, or balanced, or unbiased.

I'm with you, Jcat. I'd rather read BBC or my local news any day.
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The BBC. I'm not kidding - when it comes to American politics or the Iraq war anymore, I make certain I read foreign news reports.
I absolutely agree that reporting done outside of this country is the most fair and balanced. U.S. media always has their own personal agendas.
post #14 of 18
The BBC is frequently accused of having a fairly liberal slant, but it does have excellent world news coverage.
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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
The BBC is frequently accused of having a fairly liberal slant, but it does have excellent world news coverage.
It really does. I also appreciate the in-depth background reports, and the links it provides to outside sources covering the same stories. It also doesn't encourage a weird "style" of writing like The Economist or Der Spiegel do.
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Huh. Strangely enough, my definition of fair news sources is when you can't tell how the person who is supposedly reporting it feels about what they're reporting. You shouldn't know if the person is a liberal or a conservative.

The fact that it comes into play at all is proof enough that it's not fair, or balanced, or unbiased.

I'm with you, Jcat. I'd rather read BBC or my local news any day.
And it's not difficult to tell the bias of NPR, for example. I just wish they'd admit it, rather than hemming and hawing around.

I listen to a LOT of different news sources, in an attempt, at least, to cancel out the bias of the various sources.
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Now I could be wrong but wasn't it the BBC, maybe it was PBS, I can't remember which one that was to chicken to air a show on Muslim Extremists?
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The BBC decided not to air an episode of hospital drama Casualty that had a fictional terror attack to avoid offending Muslims, but it did do a Panorama show called 'How I became a Muslim extremist', so it varies really.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programme...ma/7038286.stm
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