Does this really surprise anyone. I realize that moon is a big fan, HUGE fan really, of Fox News, but even he won't be surprised by this. It could have happened on any of the major networks and we'd all be equally not surprised, or at least should be.
The only reason you can say CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS do not put out memos similar to this is because we haven't seen them. To assume this happens only at Fox is a tad naive...
NY Times, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS... all slant left (differing degrees) vs. Fox and some radio talk slanting right.
You're right, it doesn't seem Fair and Balanced
Personally, I enjoy checking out cnn.com and then the same story on Foxnews.com. It's fun to see the different angles.
As to the specifics in the memo, all news agencies do this to some degree or another. Who do you think decides the headlines in the NY Times or the lead story by-line on ABC nightly news.... it sure as heck isn't the reporters.
And of course the terrorist in Iraq are happy with the outcome... the Democrats stated that they wanted to pull out US troops ASAP (starting in 4-6months).
I have yet to see this covered on any major news outlet. A quick check of Google and Yahoo! shows no major players are getting involved. Why? Because they know they’d get vilified if they started pointing fingers.
knapplc wrote:I have yet to see this covered on any major news outlet. A quick check of Google and Yahoo! shows no major players are getting involved. Why? Because they know they’d get vilified if they started pointing fingers.
Yeah, I don't think the NY Times is going to jump into that fray... they have reporters that just outright fabricate news stories
I usually just go to CNN, but occasionally I go over to FOX. Anyway, a year or two ago a man shot and killed his wife and the headlines read something to the effect of:
CNN - Man kills wife two days after buying weapon.
FOX - Man who suffers manic depression shoots wife.
Not only did CNN barely even mention the man's mental illness, they actually led the reader to believe it was the gun shop that was responsible. I wish I would have saved both stories, it was completely absurd.
Reporting the News in any outlet is a business and making money is one of the largest factors of business. The point is, if you get your source of news from one source, you're being fed someone elses opinions whether you like it or not. There's lots of truths that are revealed by FOX news that aren't reported in other outlets. There's also lots of slant. The same goes for CNN.
*edit* I do agree that Fox is worse, though! My parents are both Conservative Republicans and they refuse to watch anything but Fox News. I don't need to ask them what they think about this, but I if I did, they'd tell me they were glad that Fox does this. I'd bet that most conservative Republicans feel the same way.