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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
WND Columnist Perpetuates Falsehood Fox News Is Balanced
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Michael Ackley usually begins his column with a disclaimer: "Michael Ackley’s columns may include satire and parody based on current, events, and thus mix fact with fiction. He assumes informed readers will be able to tell the difference."

Well, this paragraph from his March 31 column must be one of those satire and parody things:

Fox News is not perfect: No news organization is. But I have some expertise in media and can say that among the broadcast and cable news outfits, it is the most balanced. For example, when the broadcast networks filter presidential pronouncements – with bulletins interspersing features on healthful snacks – Fox News shows the entire speech.

Just in case Ackley is not kidding, it's worth pointing out that Fox News has engaged in highly biased coverage of President Obama and his speeches. For instance, in the runup to the presidential election, Fox lavished more than three times as much airtime on Mitt Romney's speeches than Obama's. On the final day of campaigning before the election, Fox gave Romney 59 minutes of airtime, while giving just eight minutes to Obama.

Similarly, while Fox aired the entire 23 minutes of Romney's speech to the NAACP, it aired only a minute and a half of the speech Vice President Joe Biden gave to the organization.

If Ackley really thinks Fox News is balanced, one has to wonder about his self-proclaimed "expertise in media."

Posted by Terry K. at 1:49 PM EDT

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