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Friday, June 3, 2011
Gainor's Disclaimer Didn't Disclaim Enough
Topic: Media Research Center

The final installment of Dan Gainor's intellectually dishonest series on George Soros alleged influence in the media focuses on how a "George Soros-funded 'echo chamber'" is perpetrating a "war" on Fox News. Gainor concludes it with this disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This writer has been on Fox News numerous times and writes a column that often runs on He has never received any compensation from Fox.

That would seem to undercut Gainor's attack, whether or not Fox has ever compensated him. But his disclaimer isn't nearly long enough. He doesn't mention that his boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell, conducts reguiar weekly segments on the MRC's brand of so-called media bias on two Fox News shows, "Hannity" (Thursday) and "Fox & Friends" (Friday). Bozell appears solo in those segments, and no opposing view is allowed.

Further, the MRC is a reliable defender of Fox News, and its NewsBusters blog links to Johnny Dollar's Place, a right-wing blog whose main mission is to serve as a Fox News apologist.

Gainor's disclaimer was a good start, but it didn't come close to fully explaining the relationship between his employer and Fox News.

(And now, for my own disclaimer: I'm employed by Media Matters, one of the organizations Gainor cites in his article, but Media Matters has no editorial control over ConWebWatch.)

Posted by Terry K. at 12:02 PM EDT

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