In light of the recent disclosure of memos from Bill Sammon, Fox News‘ Washington managing editor, The Los Angeles Times took Fox News to task over its “Fair and Balanced” slogan specifically and its journalistic credibility more generally. Without making overblown claims of past bias by the entire network, as many Fox News critics enjoy doing, the editorial simply states two recent facts and objectively asks those in charge of Fox News to respond.
The memos from Sammon instructed FOX’s hard news reporters how to report on healthcare and global warming. Reporters were urged to avoid the phrase “public option” and instead refer to it as “government option,” and to refrain from saying the planet has warmed without pointing out that such warming is based on disputed theories. The Times finds the latter directive particularly troubling, claiming no serious climate scientist disagrees that the underlying temperature data in fact shows the Earth is getting warmer.
The editorial ends with a simple and fair conclusion:
Fox should either come clean about this and crack down on such partisanship in its news ranks, or it should stop pretending to be an objective news source.
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