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Is Fox News really news?

Posted: November 20, 2009 3:52 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Journalist Jeff Greenfield responded to the ongoing battle from the media recently when reporting that FOX News’ news department is being accused of being the research and communication’s arm of the Republican Party. He also said: “FOX’s bottom-line has increased 13 percent since President Barack Obama came into office. So perhaps they are crying all the way to the bank.”

Obama accuses FOX News as appearing “to be more like a talk show format and not a news format.”  

There is no question that the Rupert Murdoch-owned conglomeration’s opinions predominately favor the far-right Republican agenda.

So when the White House decides not to give more fuel to FOX’s perceived negativity and refuses to be on their programs, is this an exercise of free speech?

On the other hand, is it an exercise in futility? The points of view coming from the White House will be interpreted as the voice of the Obama Administration, no matter what the administration representative says when they appear on FOX. Being fair however, MSNBC has been called the most left in their presentation of Obama’s opinions. So to whom do we listen for the “true news story?”

Nevertheless, who would that be?  

Where do we find a news source that is truly balanced? Personally, I find I have to listen to them all and weigh what seems “logical,” but I was taught in journalism school and at the Los Angeles Times that politics are highly hinged in “manipulating emotions and the illusion.”

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