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Fox Again Shows That "Fair & Balanced" Has No Meaning

Reported by Melanie - May 12, 2007 -

Last night (May 11, 2007) on Special Report, during a segment about Rudy Giuliani's ever-changing position on abortion, substitute host Jim Angle and reporter Carl Cameron showed how "fair and balanced" Fox isn't when instead of beating the flip-flopper drum, they treated Giuliani like a loveable but somewhat incorrigible little puppy.

Angle opened with:

Republican presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, has had trouble lately squaring his personal feeling against abortion with his public record supporting the right to an abortion and some critics have called his positions on the issue, contradictory.

Today the former New York City mayor attempted to explain where he stands. Fox Chief Political Correspondent, Carl Cameron takes a look.

Cameron opened with, "Call him pro-choice, with restrictions," and went to video of Giuliani speaking at Houston Baptist University on Friday and saying, "I'm open to seeking ways to limit abortions."

Cameron went on to say that Giuliani has been, "criticized as being vague on the subject" but in Houston, "Giuliani reaffirmed his two positions: Personal opposition to abortion and a public pledge to keep it legal."

Cameron told the audience that Giuliani was raised a Catholic and at one point considered entering the priesthood. He reported on the comments John McCain and Mike Huckabee have made about Giuliani's position and then he again said, "Giuliani has changed positions," pledging in a l997 NARAL questionnaire, "to oppose all abortion restrictions, including parental notification and the ban on partial birth abortion. Now he supports both." Cameron added that NARAL donated money to Giuliani's l999 campaign, but Cameron failed to note that Giuliani has made at least six donations to Planned Parenthood.

Saying Giuliani has been "widely slammed as a waffler" after last week's debate, Cameron told viewers about Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer's op-ed supporting Giuliani's position as well as a favorable one that appeared in the Wall Street Journal (sorry, I couldn't find it). Cameron said Giuliani says that the economy and the war on terror are more important than his stand on abortion.

Wrapping up the segment, Fox showed video of Giuliani leaving the stage in Houston, walking into the audience and picking up and kissing a baby while Cameron explained: "Giuliani left the podium when an audience member interrupted [presumably, the baby]. It was swift and decisive action and a sign that even in a bastion of social conservatism, the socially liberal Republican frontrunner can still find a fan."

Comment: We all remember that during the 2004 campaign, Republicans couldn't call John "I was for it before I was against it" Kerry a flip-flopper often enough. To this day, that campaign is remembered for the Swift Boaters and for the words, "flip-flop," and Fox News couldn't get enough of either. That "flip-flop" is totally absent from this report (imagine the tone if a Democrat was doing this), is yet more proof that "fair and balanced" is nothing more than a crock of bull.