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Fox News Again Fails to Disclose that a Guest is the Co-Chair of Rudy Giuliani's Presidential Campaign

Reported by Melanie - November 14, 2007 -

Steve Forbes, the co-chair of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, was on Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (November 14, 2007). Forbes was on to comment on whether a rumored merger between Delta and United Airlines is being pushed through in order to get the deal done in the event that supposedly anti-business Democrats take office in 2009 and try to block it. Yet Forbes' connection to Giuliani, and the huge dog he had not only in that discussion but that he has in the presidential race, was never disclosed to Fox's audience.

Think about it. The head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, and Giuliani, go way back. Ailes served as the media consultant to Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign in 1989. As mayor, Giuliani officiated at Mr. Ailes’s wedding and he intervened when Fox was blocked from securing a cable station in New York City. Judith Regan, once the head of News Corp.'s Regan Books, claims that an executive (Roger Ailes?) at News Corp. encouraged her to lie about her affair with Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, in order to protect Giuliani's presidential aspirations.

Kerik has, for years, been a very frequent guest on Your World, yet Cavuto hasn't told his audience about Kerik's indictment last week on 14 counts, including federal tax fraud and corruption. For that matter, I don't recall Cavuto mentioning either Kerik or Giuliani since then, yet this week alone he has aired four segments bashing Hillary Clinton. In the one he aired today, Cavuto inferred that Clinton forced New York governor Eliot Spitzer to drop his push to grant driver's licenses to undocumented workers in order to clear the deck ahead of tomorrow's Democratic debate (on CNN), because that topic caused her grief during the last debate.

And now, along comes a segment featuring Giuliani's co-chair and he is permitted, again, to make comments that could influence the thinking of Fox's viewers vis-a-vis the '08 election, yet his connection to Giuliani's campaign isn't revealed.

Here is some of what Forbes said today:

"I think they're [Delta and United] worried that the Democrats are anti-business."

Democrats are, "less likely to be favorable" to these "kind of combinations."

"I don't know how much they've given to the Democrats, maybe they can get a place at the table."

"United tried to unite, tried to unite, I think it was USAir, merge with it, several years ago, before 9/11, it got killed by politics and United ended up in bankruptcy."

It is absolutely relevant that Fox's viewers know that Forbes has a major interest in making Democrats look bad. (Hey, your company may want to merge with another company but anti-business "Dems" might block it. Your company could go bankrupt and YOU COULD LOSE YOUR JOB!).

What's going on at Fox? That "fair and balanced news" outlet is beginning to look like Giuliani campaign central, which would give Giuliani a huge advantage. What other candidate has the muscle of a 24/7 cable "news" outlet devoted to making him or her look good, and all the other candidates look bad? Talk about in-kind campaign contributions!