<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: We report, you decide

Monday, March 14, 2005

We report, you decide

A study conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism found that - surprise! - Fox "News" is mostly opinion.

For example, they found that in covering the Iraq war last year, 73 percent of the stories on Fox News included the opinions of the anchors and journalists reporting them. By contrast, 29 percent of the war reports on MSNBC and 2 percent of those on CNN included the journalists' own views.

Fox News's response to the study? "I encourage the anchors to be themselves," said Fox's executive daytime producer, Jerry Burke. "I'm certainly not going to step in and censor an anchor on any issue. . . . You don't want to look at a cookie-cutter, force-feeding of the same items hour after hour. I think that's part of the success of the channel, not treating our anchors like drones. They're, number one, Americans, and number two, human beings, as well as journalists."

So in other words, Fox News freely admits that journalism comes in dead last in its heirarchy of priorities - while being an American is first.

Doesn't that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling...to go along with your warm, fuzzy brain?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32631-2005Mar13.html

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