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Fox News Isn't Above Lying About its Lies

Reported by Melanie - May 1, 2005

I was going through my desk this afternoon (May 1, 2005), cleaning out old papers and getting ready for the new week, when I came across a transcript I made of Neil Cavuto's thoroughly disingenuous March 21 "Common Sense" segment titled, "Fair and Balanced." Just for fun, I went to Fox's website to see how the "Common Sense" posted there compared to the televised version. Given Fox's lack of concern for accuracy, I wasn't surprised to find some interesting omissions. (Note the absence of an "edited for clarity" disclaimer?) Here are some of them.

In the third paragraph of the "Common Sense" posted on Fox's site, the words in bold print, below, are missing, though they were included in the televised version:

That's why in our business block of shows you'll notice something, notice it very carefully: There's always, always, a bull to counter the bear and a bear to counter the bull; a conservative to take on the liberal and a liberal to take on the conservative. All the time.

In the sixth paragraph, another interesting portion (in bold below) is missing from the version posted on Fox's site:

Debate means hearing positions you may not like, including my own, but hearing them argued out just the same.

And in the last paragraph:

Some positions you like. Others you don't. But I think you're better served hearing them thrashing things out than you would be if we ever left any of them out, and we don't.

Comment: Hmmm. It's interesting that Fox deleted Cavuto's statement about "including [his] own" positions. Could it be that Fox News, the "fair and balanced" channel, decided it was too risky to put that in writing?

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