Tuesday, June 12, 2007

FOX neglects war coverage

Well, the war isn't going so well. Therefore the self-styled "fair and balanced" news channel - Fox, of course - simply doesn't cover it adequately. That's what a recent study has shown. Take a look:

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 Project for Excellence in Journalism steered clear of questions about what its findings proved. "We just wanted to tell people that it does make a difference where you go for the news," said the group's Mark Jurkowitz.

So with less on-air attention being paid to Iraq during the first few months of the year, what filled the void for Fox? PEJ's report said the network gave the death of Anna Nicole Smith significantly more air time than its rivals.

No wonder studies show that people who watch Fox are the least informed on current events of all television news viewers.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:22 PM

    Does the Project for Excellence in Journalism deal with the lack of unbiased news from any on air source? I have not heard of this organization and hope that it explores this story as well. Of course this is from a highly prejudiced viewpoint (namely mine) so perhaps they don't. Feel free to delete if necessary.


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