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Biased Banner Hits Low, Even by Fox Standards

Reported by Judy - May 9, 2006

A banner on Fox News' "Dayside" on Tuesday (May 9, 2006) hit a new low, even by Fox News standards.

Mike Jerrick did a lead-in for an interview with Fox News reporter Eric Shawn promoting his "investigation" of the United Nations, titled UN Exposed (Sentinel, 2006). Jerrick said there had been rumors of corruption at the UN.

"Now they have become a case for the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices will hear accusations that UN leaders engaged in fraud and conspiracy," he said, without elaborating on what case he was talking about.

As Shawn began to talk, Fox News displayed the banner: "U.S. Supreme Court Accuses U.N. Leaders of Corruption."

Shawn continued to talk about his book, the banner went away, and then came back, remaining on the screen for more than three minutres. Shawn did not talk about any ruling in which the U.S. high court accused U.N. leaders of corruption. "Accusing" people is not something the high court even does. It rules or declines to rule, but it doesn't accuse. That's what prosecutors do.

Here is a set of shots from Fox News. Watch the timer in the lower right hand corner.

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