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January 30, 2011

Fox News Misplaces Egypt On The Map

CORRECTION: THIS IS AN OLD GRAPHIC. I apologize for the error.

Dear Fox News, I believe Iraq - that country we did such a big favor for by invading - is where you labeled "Egypt" on a recent graphic on Live Desk. The real Egypt is that unnamed country to the west of Saudi Arabia. (H/T Media Matters)

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Reported by Ellen at 1:07 AM

October 9, 2009

Fox News Wastes No Time Disparaging Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Like most other Americans, I woke up to the news that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Not so typically, I suspect, my first thought was to find out how Fox News was covering it. Surprise, surprise, surprise! They're doing their best to downplay the honor and/or outright demean it. I have yet to hear a word of congratulations or good cheer.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:57 PM

September 8, 2009

Fox News' Unbalanced Town Hall Coverage

Media Matters did the counting. During the week of August 24, Fox News aired 22 clips of town hall attendees opposed to Democratic plans for health care reform, none of supporters. During the same week, Howard Kurtz, of the Washington Post, noted, "Twenty members of Congress might have held calm and collected town meetings on any given day, but only the one with raucous exchanges would make it on the air... After the president convened a low-key town hall in New Hampshire, press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters: "I think some of you were disappointed yesterday that the president didn't get yelled at." There was a grain of truth in that. As Fox broke away from the meeting, anchor Trace Gallagher said, "Any contentious questions, anybody yelling, we'll bring it to you."

Reported by Ellen at 12:35 PM

August 11, 2009

Fox News Interrupts Obama Town Hall To Spin And Distort It And Complain Not Enough "Screaming And Yelling"

“Fair and balanced" Fox News interrupted its coverage of President Obama’s health care town hall meeting to mischaracterize Obama’s position on health care, mischaracterize Nancy Pelosi’s criticisms of town hall disruptions, and, after developing a sudden interest in making sure that an audience had not been staged, complain that there wasn’t enough “screaming and yelling” in opposition. With video.

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Reported by Ellen at 5:41 PM

July 31, 2009

Fox News Racial Attacks On Obama - It's Not Just Glenn Beck

There's been lots of attention paid - and rightly so - to the awful comments of Glenn Beck calling Barack Obama a racist. But while this is the most extreme, overt example from a Fox News host, the "fair and balanced" network has a long-established pattern of making racial attacks on Barack Obama, a pattern that began as far back as the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:58 PM
FOX News Live Desk - another look, reported by Chrish,
MacCallum Picking on Pelosi, reported by Judy,
Dumb Segment of the Day, reported by Judy,
News Priorities Askew at Fox, reported by Judy,
Wall-to-Wall War on Live Desk, reported by Judy,
MacCallum's Show Misnamed, reported by Judy,
All Dressed Up, Still Fox News, reported by Judy,