A Fair and Balanced Look

Let the festivities commence. From www.imdb.com:

Ex Fox News Producer Says He Was Directed To Slant the News

A former Fox News producer who says he spent six years at the cable news network claims he and other personnel were bombarded daily with memos and direct recommendations about how politically sensitive news stories should be treated. Charlie Reina, a onetime producer of Fox News Watch, has posted a message on the Poynter Institute's website claiming that he was under "subtle to direct" pressure to slant the news so that it would please Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. "Everyone there understands that FNC is, to a large extent, 'Roger's Revenge' -- against what he considers a liberal, pro-Democrat media establishment that has shunned him for decades," Reina wrote. Regarding the channel's reporting on the Iraq war, he says that in an effort to please Ailes, a newsroom chief once ordered the removal of a graphic quoting U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix as saying that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. On another occasion, "I was not surprised when an eager young producer killed a correspondent's report on the day's fighting -- simply because it included a brief shot of children in an Iraqi hospital."

"Roo" wrote:

On another occasion, ""I was not surprised when an eager young producer killed a correspondent''s report on the day''s fighting -- simply because it included a brief shot of children in an Iraqi hospital.""

Oh, I bet somebody will come along and defend this particular editorial decision.

If you''ve read Al Franken''s newest book, this is old news.

Though the main reason I liked his book is because his writing is funny; it''s the first of his that I''ve read, and only because a friend really recommended it on the basis that he figured I''d get some laughs out of it.