FOX Is Not News: Leaked Memo Shows Political Effort to Sway Health Care Bill
Further proof that Fox News is not disinterested journalism, but highly partisan and works in concert with political actors to set the stage for conservative policies:
Leaked FOX News Corporation emails dating back to the 2009 debate over health care reform show that the Managing Editor and Senior Vice President of FOX news discussed how to tarnish Americans’ overwhelming approval for a “public option” by using phrases like “government-run option” and “government takeover” instead.
This was done in alignment with a right-wing pollster and political consultant, who in April 2009, bragged how he planned to revive the 1990s plan of attack to torpedo health care reform he used under the Clintons. (The memo outlining how GOP elected officials should talk about health care reform in order to kill it is here (pdf).)
Media Matters for America (MMFA), a progressive watchdog group that corrects lies and distortions in FOX news reports, argues that not only does FOX employ several potential candidates for public office in its stable of pundits, the separation between “news” content and “opinion” programming is paper thin.
MMFA also argues that when its corporate parent contributed $1 million to the Republican Governor’s Association in the 2010 election, FOX was an active player in partisan politics and not a journalism outfit. Comparable network or cable news outlets avoid even the appearance of swaying political outcomes in the name of journalistic integrity.
MMFA’s addition of a progressive activist who successfully encouraged over 300 advertisers to drop ads on Glenn Beck’s show gives liberals hope that FOX will bear the consequence of its distortions and partisan meddling.
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