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Fox News Failed To Disclose Right-Wing Affiliations Of Two YouTube Debate Questioners

Reported by Ellen - September 23, 2011 -

It turns out that two of Fox News' YouTube questioners were not quite the average citizens they appeared to be. Think Progress noted that one questioner, Kristen Williamson, is a spokeswoman from Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigrant hate group. Although her question was not presented as having been selected by viewers, the format of the presentation was the same as those that were.

Think Progress also pointed out that a question described as coming from “Lee Doren from Arlington, Virginia" actually came from Lee Doren of Craft Media. Think Progress describes Craft Media as follows:

a consulting firm that specializes in social marketing for corporate lobbying and Republican campaigns... (Doren) and his firm represent a number of special interests already looking to influence the presidential election. For instance, the firm has counted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a trade association for Goldman Sachs, Dow Chemical, Chevron, and other large corporations — and Newt Gingrich’s attack group American Solutions as clients in the past. According to its website, the firm does everything from creating ads to assisting clients with “placing” articles in a variety of media outlets.

So much for "we report, you decide." Again.

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