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Fox Falls in Love With Some Marching-in-the-Street, Banner-Waving Protesters

Reported by Melanie - July 10, 2006 -

You won't see coverage of the Troops Home Fast protest on Fox's Your World w/Cavuto. You won't see coverage of a protest staged last weekend by members of the Egyptian media over a proposed new law they say will limit their freedom. You won't see coverage of today's protest in Damascus in support of the Palestinians. You won't see coverage tomorrow of a planned protest by Bay Area nurses who oppose a National Labor Relations Board ruling.

No, you won't see coverage of those protests on Fox News but you will see live coverage of today's (July 10, 2006) protest against the New York Times. As an added bonus (and a way to drive the hate-the-Times point home to viewers), you would be treated to a live interview with the organizer too.

At 4:49 p.m. ET, Fox caught its audience's attention with a full-blown FOX NEWS ALERT and went to a shot of people milling around on a New York City sidewalk, some carrying banners. The chyron at the bottom of the screen read, "New York Times Protest to Begin at 5 PM ET," and Neil Cavuto said,

Meanwhile, a Fox News alert. We're mad as hell and letting the New York Times know it. This is a protest against the paper set to kick off at the top of the hour outside the headquarters in New York. This shot was taken a little bit earlier, so I mistakenly thought it was live.

That is a man dressed as Osama bin Laden, kissing the New York Times [the man was kissing a copy of the newspaper]. Now, at issue here is the paper's decision to publish those top secret government leaks.

With that, Cavuto introduced the organizer of the protest (Free Republic is a sponsor), Rabbi Aryeh Spero, founder of "Caucus for America," a site dedicated to the "preservation and promotion of the historic American civilization." Fox gave Spero, the author of a recent article titled, "Why is the New York Times so Wicked?," three minutes to spew the right's generic, bash-the-media talking points about treason and endangering our troops, etc., etc., etc.

Comment: A quick Google search of "Aryeh Spiro" shows that he's on the right side (if you know what I mean) of just about every issue known to humankind. For example, regarding Terri Schiavo: We can't stand by and watch her starve to death; Spero believes there really is a "war on Christmas," and in the aftermath of Katrina, he saw brotherhood instead of racism.

Compare what happened today to the way Fox covered the immigration protests: FOX Prepares For Nationwide Immigration Protests Today, Fox Uses LA Student Protests Over Immigration to Fan Hatred of Teachers, Tony Snow Wants Protesters Punished.

Or the way it has covered anti-war protests: Short-term memory loss at Fox; D.C. Anti-War Network and "Freepers" and Smearing Protestors.

Today, Fox sided with the anti-New York Times protesters. In the past, it has viciously attacked both immigration and anti-war protesters. That's what Fox refers to as "fair and balanced news."