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Love it or hate it, Fox News has shaken up the media establishment and achieved financial success by airing the views of strident conservative pundits. Yet while the network has never made any bones about the political slant of opinion shows hosted by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly, executives often claim that its news coverage is "fair and balanced." A memo revealed this week by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters calls that into question. The first time Media Matters unveiled a leaked e-mail from Bill Sammon, Fox News' Washington managing editor, it was hardly worthy of mention. On Dec. 9 the group's website revealed that Sammon had instructed reporters to avoid the phrase "public option" when referring to a proposed government-sponsored healthcare plan.
December 14, 2010 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Yet another study has been released proving that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.
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UPDATE: Editors scrub article, comments from site It was George Orwell, who first coined the term “memory hole,” in his classic novel 1984 . For Winston, the book’s main character, his full-time job with the Ministry of Truth is to rewrite history, spiriting away the inconvenient details. Someone like Winston appears to be hard at work behind the scenes at Fox Nation.
Last week, I ripped into Glenn Beck who, on his Fox News show, targeted and demagogued a Northern Virginia private school — ostensibly filled with children — as being a facility for terrorist indoctrination, and thus opening this school up for a potential attack by one of many trigger happy far-right vigilantes. Fox News Channel is at it again. Following the lead of Michelle Malkin’s investigations of children and sick people, Fox News has also “investigated” the background of the little girl from yesterday’s town hall meeting.