Democrats Urge Fox News to Disclose on Air Their GOP Donations

Today the Democratic Governors Association issued a statement urging Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to disclose his networks donations to the Republican Party on the air, “In the interest of some fairness and balance, I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day.”

Nathan Daschle of the DGA pointed out that News Corp. is the single largest corporate donor to the Republican Governors Association, “For the first time in history, your organization is openly and proudly supporting the defeat of Democratic governors with an unprecedented political contribution of $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. In fact, your company provided the single largest corporate contribution to our opposition.”

The DGA requested that the “fair and balanced” part of Fox News disclose the network’s monetary support of Republican gubernatorial candidates, “In the interest of some fairness and balance, I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day. I suggest that the disclaimer say: “News Corp., parent company of Fox News, provided $1 million to defeat Democratic governors in November.” If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the “fair and balanced” side of the network demand that the contribution be returned.”

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It is a pretty safe bet that no one at the DGA expects Fox News to acknowledge their request, much less act on it, but the purpose of the statement was never about getting FNC to change their behavior. The point of the request was to continue to call attention to the overtly partisan behavior of Fox News. Despite their protests, it is obvious that FNC is not a news organization. They are a Republican activist group and message discrimination tool for the GOP.

The difference between the behavior of News Corp and other media corporations is that other corporations donate to both parties, usually with the party in power getting roughly double the amount of the minority party, and remember these giants aren’t parting with their dollars for ideological reasons. They want access, which is why they put their money on incumbents. By only giving to the RGA, News Corp is placing ideology ahead of everything else. I know that nothing will convinced loyal FNC viewers that what they are being presented on a daily basis is propaganda, but by simply following the money, it is easy to see that there is nothing “fair and balanced” about Fox News.

11 Replies to “Democrats Urge Fox News to Disclose on Air Their GOP Donations”

  1. Does not normally the political side pay the media side?
    And are the political aspirants currently paid by Fox pay for the airtime they use to further their goals? If not, why are opposition candidates not offered free equal time?

  2. SO, FOX NEWS IS CLEARLY NOT FAIR AND BALANCE,
    THEY MUST
    DISCLOUSE THE REAL TRUTH.
    THE REPETIVE SLOGAN THAT
    PRESENTS FOX NEWS MUST BE STOPED
    FOR THE SAKE OF ETHICS.

  3. Pu-lease. Are you people blind? As if the leftist media isn’t a biased, quasi-journalistic entity that hides news, reports half truths, buries facts, glosses over anything negative with this administration, and oh… whose owners ALSO contribute mega bucks to the single political party of their choice? You are hypocrites! If you can’t see media bias on CBS,NBC,ABC and CNN, you’re drinking too much of the Kool Aid. If any Republican were in office with this tanking economy, home sales at their lowest since the 1960s and unemployment approaching 10%, the “regular” media would be ripping the administration to SHREDS. But you all think everything is rosy. I’ve got some words of wisdom about your beloved administration: just because they say it, doesn’t make it so. Kinda like, “the stimulus is working .” Wake up, lemmings.

  4. If FOX news is guilty of reporting incorrect information, then they should be called out on it. If not, then maybe you should wake up to the truth. Last time I looked, the nearly $one trillion stimulus has left us with 9.5% unemployment, and has saved some federal, state and local government jobs temporarily, and once the one time injection of money is spent, many of these people will also find themselves unemployed.

  5. Important article!

    Feel free to delete this comment. I’m posting because I think there’s a gramatical error – “I know that nothing will convince|d| loyal FNC viewers…”

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