Wednesday, February 23, 2005

So, what moron still doesn't want to admit Fox News is biased?

One of the signs of alcoholism is that the supposed alcoholic always argues that he's not as bad a drinker as his pal, or his brother, or whoever. Someone else is always drinking more, so they're not as bad.

This is my assessment of Republicans, and their blind devotion to their party.

For example, when it comes to Fox News and its accusations of it being biased, every Republican I know denies that its biased, and then when I present an example, they say that CNN is much, much worse... besides occasional statements by pundits, who are there to give an opinion, they can't find an example.

So, toss this one into the evidence that Fox News is run by a bunch of right wing zealots who put their agenda first and journalism second.

FOX News doctors AP reports to mimic White House terminology

Since April 2002, FOX News has consistently doctored Associated Press articles featured on the FOX News website concerning terrorist attacks in the Middle East to conform to Bush administration terminology. Without any editorial notation disclosing that words in the AP articles have been changed, FOX News replaces the terms "suicide bomber" and "suicide bombing" with "homicide bomber" and "homicide bombing" to describe attackers who kill themselves and others with explosives. In at least one case, FOX News actually altered an AP quote from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to fit this naming convention, and then revised it to restore the quote without noting either the original alteration or its correction.

The Associated Press noted in April 2002 that FOX News first began using the term "homicide bombing" in its own reports immediately after Bush administration officials -- such as then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer -- adopted the term. While other news organizations continued to use the term "suicide bomber," the AP reported, "Dennis Murray, executive producer of [FOX News'] daytime programming, said executives there had heard the phrase ["homicide bombing"] being used by administration officials in recent days and thought it was a good idea."

More at link above.