Originally posted by Ambient Sound
Perhaps they do have an American bias, however I don't think they are wrong in this case and am glad they did this particular story.
Name any news source that is not biased...
Euro News, you can only get it in europe i think. All it has is video, and two or three people who tell you the story while it playing, with only the
facts. No news desk and no 'personal views'.
This argues my case.
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Fox and the war in Iraq
A year-long study by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) reported that Americans who relied on the Fox
News Channel for their coverage of the Iraq war were the most likely to believe misinformation about the war, whatever their political affiliation may
be. Those mistaken facts, the study found, increased viewers' support for the war.
The study found that people who watched Fox News were, in general, convinced of three untrue propositions which supported the Bush war in Iraq:
There is evidence of close pre-war ties between Al-Quaeda and Saddam Hussein (even President Bush admits there is no such evidence)
Troops have found evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq (the American weapons search team has not found any)
World opinion was in support of the war on Iraq (It was difficult to find any country other than Britain in favor, and even the British population
was, in the majority, against the war.)
As the Washington Post reported, "The fair and balanced folks at Fox, the survey concludes, were 'the news source whose viewers had the most
misperceptions.' Eighty percent of Fox viewers believed at least one of these un-facts; 45 percent believed all three."
As Alternet reported, "For each of the three misperceptions, the study found enormous differences between the viewers of Fox, who held the most
misperceptions, and NPR/PBS, who held the fewest by far. Eighty percent of Fox viewers were found to hold at least one misperception, compared to 23
percent of NPR/PBS consumers. All the other media fell in between."
In 1998, a Fox station in Tampa, Florida fired investigative reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson over a dispute involving their reporting on the
Monsanto company's marketing of genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone.
Fox however has a thin skin when it come to criticism of its conservative news content:
In October 2003 the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, revealed that Fox News had threatened to sue Fox Entertainment - which makes the show –
over the satirical use of rolling ticker lines on the screen. “Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at
foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5,000 points... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins
Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple...,” read the ticker on the program that sparked the threat. "Fox said they would
sue the show and we called their bluff because we didn't think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. We got away with it …But now Fox has a
new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls [tickers] on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into
thinking it's real news," Groening told National Public Radio. Fox denied that it threatened legal action. 
Fox has threatened legal action against the Faux News Channel, which sells a parody T-shirt that carries the logo, "Faux News: We Distort, You
Fox's motto, "fair and balanced," is parodied in satirist Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at
the Right. Fox responded with a lawsuit that claimed that his use of the phrase "fair and balanced" infringed upon the company's trademark and that
photos of Bill O'Reilly should not be used on the cover.  U.S. District Judge Denny Chin dismissed the Fox claim: "There are hard cases and
there are easy cases. This is an easy case in my view and wholly without merit, both factually and legally ... Parody is a form of artistic expression
protected by the First Amendment and the keystone of parody is imitation ...It is ironic that a media company, which should be seeking to protect the
First Amendment, is seeking to undermine it by claiming a monopoly on the phrase, 'Fair and Balanced.'," Chin said. 
Trumpeting "the capture as ex post validation of the coalition's invasion. Since Sunday December 14, 2003, FNC has been almost one continuous
Saddamathon with the now-famous footage of the latex-gloved frisker searching Saddam triumphantly showing on the channel almost every hour on the
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