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Media Matters Documents FOX News' Political Boosterism Re Tea Party Protests

Reported by Ellen - April 10, 2009 -

Media Matters has issued a lengthy and damning report documenting the many ways in which "fair and balanced" FOX News is actively promoting the tea party protests, even urging viewers to get involved with them, while packaging them primarily as protests about the Obama administration's economic policies.

Media Matters' report states:

Fox News has in dozens of instances provided attendance and organizing information for future protests, such as protest dates, locations and website URLs. Fox News websites have also posted information and publicity material for protests. Fox News hosts have repeatedly encouraged viewers to join them at several April 15 protests that they are attending and covering; during the April 6 edition of Glenn Beck, on-screen text characterized these events as "FNC Tax Day Tea Parties." Tea-party organizers have used the planned attendance of the Fox News hosts to promote their protests. Fox News has also aired numerous interviews with protest organizers. Moreover, Fox News contributors are listed as "Tea Party Sponsor[s]" on TaxDayTeaParty.com.

Since the report was issued on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, Media Matters has further found that the Fox Nation website has also been running promos for the tea parties, thereby compounding political boosterism.