On a winter day when bomb blasts at an Iraqi university killed dozens and the United Nations estimated that 34,000 civilians in Iraq had died in 2006, MSNBC spent nearly nine minutes on the stories during the 1 p.m. hour. A CNN correspondent in Iraq did a three-minute report about the bombings.
Neither story merited a mention on Fox News Channel that hour.
That wasn't unusual. Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The difference was more stark during daytime news hours than in prime-time opinion shows. The Iraq war occupied 20 percent of CNN's daytime news hole and 18 percent of MSNBC's. On Fox, the war was talked about only 6 percent of the time.
The independent think tank's report freshens a debate over whether ideology drives news agendas, and it comes at a delicate time for Fox. Top Democratic presidential candidates have refused to appear at debates sponsored by Fox. Liberals find attacking Fox is a way to fire up their base.
"It illustrates the danger of cheerleading for one particular point or another because they were obviously cheerleaders for the war," said Jon Klein, CNN U.S. president. ;When the war went badly they had to dial back coverage because it didn't fit their preconceived story lines."
Fox wouldn't respond to repeated requests to make an executive available to talk about its war coverage.
So how to explain the divergent priorities? Different opinions on what is newsworthy? A business decision?
A mere coincidence?
A coincidence? Don't be absurd. Link to the article here.
Fox is no longer reporting the news, if they ever were -- they are nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Republican party. If the war had been propagated by a Democratic administration there would be wall-to-wall coverage of the war on Fox, and they'd be pounding the desk regarding the injustice of it all.
Calling Fox a "news channel" is a supreme lie. Fox lies for the liars.... and the right wing justifies it with lies about MSM bias and inaccuracies.
When did the Republican party become so damned deceitful? and why? Is this all just a Roger Ailes wet dream, or are they just greedy, and are simply ringing the cash register on the rubes who just don't know any better?
If Fox's audience is dominated by Republicans who are disgusted about hearing bad news on Iraq, it would stand to reason that you'd want to feed them less of it. Bill O'Reilly touched upon that idea on the air one night last December, telling viewers that the lowest-rated segment of his show the previous night was when Iraq was discussed. Ratings jumped at talk about Britney Spears, he said.
The danger is whether those concerns eat away at journalistic credibility.
They're a news network, said CNN's Klein, "so it is surprising that they're not covering the biggest story in the country and the world."
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