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Join Protest Against Fox News in Denver, June 4

Reported by Melanie - June 2, 2005

Three courageous students from Red Rocks Community College in Denver have called for a march on Fox News' Denver headquarters on Saturday, June 4. According to Allegra Scarano, one of the three students, the three saw Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and decided they couldn't take it anymore; they had to do something! Allegra isn't worried about the turnout, she said she feels good just taking action. She said the support the group has received from the community has been amazing and that she had no idea how many people are concerned about Fox News.

If you live in the Denver area, join the protest at Fox's Denver facility on Saturday, June 4, at 100 E. Speer Boulevard, Denver, Colorado.

Also, listen to Allegra tomorrow (June 3, 2005). She'll be a guest on the Jay Marvin Show on AM 760 in Denver.

Congratulations to Allegra Scarano and her friends for turning their frustration and anger into action! This makes working on Outfoxed entirely worth it and it gives me hope for the future.

Here is the group's most recent press release which more fully explains their position.
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DENVER-AREA STUDENTS PREPARE FOR SATURDAY’S PROTEST AT FOX DENVER REGIONAL HQ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2005

CONTACT: Allegra Scarano, 303.588.0992
Terry Topping, 720.366.9388

Denver: Students for Responsible Journalism is organizing a peaceful rally and protest outside Fox News’ Denver facility, located at 100 E. Speer Boulevard on 4 June, 2005 at 1:00pm. Fox News, “America’s #1 News Channel,” has been instrumental in an audacious campaign of misinformation and deception that has been waged against the American public since the fall of 2001.

80% of Americans who rely on Fox News have at least one major misconception when asked about evidence linking al-Qaeda to Iraq.[1] These misconceptions have resulted in popular support for the Iraq War, as well as support for the Bush administration’s policies generally, that would not exist otherwise.

During the “major combat” phase of the Iraq War, Fox News repeatedly broadcast reports that claimed unequivocally that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. On 23 March, 2003, Fox News claimed that a “chemical weapons plant” had been found in southern Iraq. On 28 March, Fox News claimed that a “Red Ring” of chemical weapons defenses was emplaced around Baghdad. On 7 April, Fox News repeated a bogus, yet highly specific claim that “sarin-tipped missiles” had been found. On 10 April, Fox News reported that “weapons-grade plutonium” had been found at Al-Tuwaitha. On 13 April, Fox News ran a banner graphic that read, “Syria Harboring Chemical Weapons.”[2]

All of these stories turned out to be completely false, but most went unretracted or corrected by Fox News. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of their viewers believe they are true.

Media organizations, even in the absence of the FCC Fairness Doctrine wrongly repealed in 1987, have an obligation to the public to provide “fair and balanced” news. The Fox News Channel has violated this trust, and compromised our democratic society in open collusion with the sitting administration.

Students for Responsible Journalism will hold a peaceful rally and protest at Fox’s Denver media facility, 100 E. Speer Boulevard, this Saturday at 1PM.

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Students for Responsible Journalism is a nonpartisan student group formed to demand journalistic integrity from today’s corporate media.

For more information, quotes or sources, please call Mickol Heck or Terry Topping at 720.366.9388 or Allegra Scarano at 303.588.0992.

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[1] “Misperceptions, the media and the Iraq War” PIPA, 10/2/2003

[2] Dale Steinreich, Fibbing It Up at Fox

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/steinreich8.html

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