Fox News Too Busy With Its GOP/Obama-Bashing Agenda To Cover Troy Davis Execution
Reported by Ellen - September 22, 2011 -
As many know, Georgia prisoner Troy Davis was executed last night after an 11th hour request to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay was denied. Davis’ execution was controversial because, as CBS News reported, "Hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions on Davis' behalf, and prominent supporters included an ex-president and an ex-FBI director, liberals and conservatives. His attorneys said seven of nine key witnesses against him disputed all or parts of their testimony, but state and federal judges repeatedly ruled against him -- three times on Wednesday alone." So how did “we report, you decide” and “fair and balanced” Fox News cover this last night? Barely. In three hours of prime time that included The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and On The Record, there were only two brief reports on it*. Segregation-apologist Ainsley Earhardt didn’t even mention it in her news break during On The Record.
As you can see from the video, Fox News was too busy with its GOP agenda to take time for this matter. But maybe, judging from the kinds of racist, bloodlusting comments on FoxNews.com about Davis, they just knew their audience.
*NOTE: In my original post and in the mash up video I made of the evening, I left out Greta Van Susteren's first report on the execution, early in her show. However, the coverage focused on Davis' request for a stay of execution to the US Supreme Court and did not focus on the controversy over his execution that elicited such an outpouring of support on his behalf.