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Fox News Picking Sides in Nicaraguan Election

Reported by Judy - May 18, 2006

Fox News does not restrict its one-sided partisan reporting to politics in the United States, based on its coveage Thurday (May 18, 2006) of a dispute in the Nicaraguan presidential campaign.

On "Dayside," reporter Adam Housely from Los Angeles filed a story on 1,000 surface to air missiles owned y the government of Nicaragua. The U.S. government fears that the SAMs could find their way into the hands of terrorists and be used to bring down an airplane, so it has been pressuring the Nicaraguan government to destroy them.

The matter had become an issue in the presidential campaign there, with challenger and Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega arguing that the government should resist U.S. pressure, or as Housely put it, "thumb their noses" at the U.S.

Fox News aired video of President Enrique Bolanos criticizing the opposition. "They like quarrels, they like wars … they like guns. And we are peaceful people," he said. Fox News offered no on-air rebuttal from Ortega, just Housely's contemptuous summation of Ortega's position.

Given that Housely was said to be in Los Angeles, it was unclear how Fox got the video of Bolanos. Was the Nicaraguan president interviewed during a visit to the U.S.? Did Housely visit Nicaragua and interview him there? If so, why didn't he make an effort to get video from the opposition? Did the foreign government furnish the video and Fox not disclose it?

With Fox, the viewer never knows.

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