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Washington Post’s editorial independence a “scandal”

May 19th, 2005 · No Comments

foxnewsicon.jpgA Fox News “journalist” has attacked the Washington Post, labelling a recent editorial decision by the Post a ‘scandal’.

Fox News reporter Steven Milloy has lashed out at the Post for failing to blur the lines between advertising and editorial. He sums up how he thinks news works in this excerpt from a recent story on FoxNews.com:

“Although the Washington Post was happy to take $100,000 or so from [the Center for Consumer Freedom] to run the ad, the newspaper apparently wasn’t too happy about the message. Several days after the ad ran, the Post published a lengthy story on front-page of its Business section knocking the Center for Consumer Freedom as the tool of the restaurant industry.

What’s really scandalous, though, is how the Post kept the Center’s money while simultaneously disparaging it.”

Steven apparently thinks that once a company becomes an advertiser, they’re off-limits from criticism. If Steve’s implying that Fox News doesn’t attack companies that advertise on the network, he might have just got the ball rolling on a scandal of his own.

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FOX Jazeera?

April 12th, 2005 · No Comments

aljazeera.jpgAl Jazeera isn’t for sale yet, but according to recent reports, its sale is on the cards.

During the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, Western journalists were often ’embedded’ with the troops of the world’s only superpower (and its allies). Meanwhile, Al Jazeera was on the streets ’embedded’ with the people on the receiving end of the fire, broadcasting footage that often revealed the human consequences of the conflicts.

If Al Jazeera is sold, such raw reporting might not be the priority of the new owners. For example, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Network’s internal memos demonstrate that when the US is the perpetrator, the violence of war is deliberately kept off-air.

Iran and Syria are still considered ‘Axis of Evil’ nations by the US and ‘conflict’ continues in Iraq. Over the coming years, citizens of Western democracies will continue to evaluate the actions of our governments and their military choices in the Middle East. In the near future, however, footage of the consequences of those choices might be in even shorter supply.

More info:

Auction Alert! Al Jazeera For Sale

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