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Did 'Dayside's' Mike Have Open Mike Problem?

Reported by Judy - August 3, 2006 -

A day after a guest on Fox News' "Dayside" said the news channel was a propaganda tool for Israel, the program's co-host made a disparaging comment as the channel began playing a speech by Hezbollah Leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

Mike Jerrick had to tear himself away from yet another interview with Dan Gillerman, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, who has nearly taken up residence in the "Dayside" studio since war broke out along the Israeli-Lebanese border, in order to cut to the Nasrallah speech.

As Nasrallah's talk began, Jerrick murmured, in a barely audible tone, off-camera, "Whether they want to hear it or not." Was Mike's mike still open or did he mean to make disparaging comments in the middle of a "news" show?

After it was over, Jerrick told Gillerman, "Thank you for sitting through that. I'm sure it had to be infuriating for you to watch that, as this guy becomes more of a folk hero in this region." No bias there.

It's been a tough week for Fox. Not only did a guest right on the news channel call Fox News a propaganda tool, but two free-lancers in Jordan resigned.

On top of that, U.N. Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown criticized Fox News in comments in a British newspaper. "Dayside" co-host Gretchen Carlson quoted him as saying that much of what the U.N. does is ignored in America because any information about the organization is distorted by news organizations "including Fox News."

Actually, according to a story on FoxNews.com, Brown singled out Fox News specifically, rather than including it with other news organizations:

"Many of the U.N.'s good works are largely lost on America because 'much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and FOX News,' he said during a speech in which he also defended the success of U.N. peacekeeping missions."

And last week, Fox News had to make a deal with Hezbollah (i.e., negotiate with terrorists, in Fox News jargon) not to show rocket launchings from Lebanon.

Will Fox News be the next casualty in this war?