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Fox News censors Iraq war coverage:theycan't handle the truth

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By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
Sun Jun 10, 12:18 PM ET

NEW YORK - On a winter day when bomb blasts at an Iraqi university killed dozens and the United Nations estimated that 34,000 civilians in Iraq had died in 2006, MSNBC spent nearly nine minutes on the stories during the 1 p.m. hour. A CNN correspondent in Iraq did a three-minute report about the bombings.

Neither story merited a mention on Fox News Channel that hour.

That wasn't unusual. Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The difference was more stark during daytime news hours than in prime-time opinion shows. The Iraq war occupied 20 percent of CNN's daytime news hole and 18 percent of MSNBC's. On Fox, the war was talked about only 6 percent of the time.

The independent think tank's report freshens a debate over whether ideology drives news agendas, and it comes at a delicate time for Fox. Top Democratic presidential candidates have refused to appear at debates sponsored by Fox. Liberals find attacking Fox is a way to fire up their base.

"It illustrates the danger of cheerleading for one particular point or another because they were obviously cheerleaders for the war," said Jon Klein, CNN U.S. president. "When the war went badly they had to dial back coverage because it didn't fit their preconceived story lines."

Fox wouldn't respond to repeated requests to make an executive available to talk about its war coverage.

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Yes, but we got wall to wall coverage of the saga of Anna Nicole Smith, from funeral to live court decisions as to who would get her implants to who would get her money, her blood, her movie rights. Oh yeah, and her child.

We also got Runaway bride
every car chase in Southern California
Phil Spector
Britney Spears Meltdown
Britney Spears Breakup
Everything Bradjalina
Daily American Idol Updates
Hollywood celebratants sans undies
and of course...complete coverage of Paris Hilton.

Priorities People!!!!

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Murdoch gives the people what they want. We just don't like what they want.
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I have always disliked Fox news. That's why I along with the intelligent people of this world watch CNN and enjoy the Bush-bashing as well. LOU DOBBS ROCKS and so does Wolfe Blitzer.
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A good friend of mine [Drew Curtis] wrote a book on the subject. He is the guy who started Fark [which has its server farm and beer garden here in Lexington]. He appears on everything from Fox's RedEye to O&A and about every morning show in the Country.

If you read Fark.com and listen to any radio you will hear the clever jocks rehashing yesterdays Fark on their shows as they would rather us do the research than do it themselves.

Anyway, the book is all about how the media dumbs down news to the lowest common denominator [guess who gets the lowest marks] and is a decent read. Not intended as a scholarly thesis but a snapshot of media in the 21st Century.

Amazon.com: It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News: Books: Drew Curtis

It's worth the bucks.

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