Skip to comments.The Gung-Ho Morning Gang (Wash. Post Slags Fox & Friends, FR Mentioned)
Posted on 04/04/2003 5:06:31 AM PST by kristinn
"Good Morning America" it isn't. Nor is it the "Today" show or CBS's "Early Show." This is not your everyday feel-good, rise-and-shine TV show by any means.
On Fox News Channel's weekday morning show, "Fox & Friends," they start out swinging. Just after coming on the air at 7 a.m. on Monday, for example, co-hosts E.D. Hill and Brian Kilmeade were off and galloping before the coffee was cold.
The audience for "Fox & Friends" has grown so large of late that it has begun to rival the broadcast networks' venerable morning shows. Its war-spiked Nielsens are now almost identical to what those of CBS's "Early Show" -- the No. 3 wake-up program -- were in the week before the war started.
In any case, Hill, Doocy and Kilmeade have solicited viewers to send in "patriotic" photos. They have given plugs for conservative organizations such as Free Republic.com, but none for any moderate or left-of-center outfits. Their guest list has ranged from those supportive of the war (think tankers Peter Brookes and Michael O'Hanlon) to those who are aggressively promoting it (Randy Scheunemann of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq).
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The Post ignores the blatant liberal bias of every other show mentioned in the article. The Post even ignores all the liberal guests on Fox & Friends. The Janeane Garafalo-Brian Kilmeade interview is a classic, yet somehow it's not included here. Nope no liberal bias at The Post, no sir.
That's right, I will take this show over the Kathy Gifford replacement anyday.
Of course we know what's happened. The anti-Bush, anti-America, anti-war crowd has been dealt a mortal blow. President Bush's poll numbers are high and the war is going well. They can't logically expect to win friends and influence people by protesting against the USA while soldiers are at war, so they've shifted their target to FOXNews.
God Bless America...our soldiers....and FOXNews.
Unreported in the 'old media' is the FOX News-Opinion Dynamics poll that showed 63% of the public have an unfavorable opinion of anti-war protesters, while only 23% have a favorable opinion of them.
His article makes all three of the F&F hosts sound "mean"--but E.D. asked "what's up with the hair" about the war protestor because her hair was BLUE! Of course, that was not mentioned.
It just infuriates me that the left in this country think that "news analysts" expressing support for our troops is being biased--but George Stephanapolous and his ilk supporting Bill Clinton and his "offal" office antics was "fair and balanced." It delights me--OTOH--that the left has gotten it's collective panties twisted in such tight little wads over the success of Fox and Friends!
Precisely. We are winning, and the US is entering a golden age. I look forward to the next 50 years. Amazing, wonderful things will be happening!
I wouldn't hear it if he did. I don't go there anymore.
I got so tired of hearing people who couldn't read their talking points when they called in.
Mancow? I LOVE Mancow....as long as he sticks to politics. His website is disgusting though, or at least was 2 years ago...haven't visited since.
Should an American Reporter approach the big three, facts, analysis, and commentary from a position of neutrality?
That is the issue.
1. Facts: Facts should be handled in a neutral manner.
....a. Accuracy - There should be no element of color/bias/prejudice when it comes to reporting a fact. For example, "The plane is shot down, it is not shot down, or it is unclear if it is shot down."
....b. Thoroughness - All facts important to any report should be reported without prejudice.
2. Analysis - Analysis, likewise, should be handled in an entirely neutral manner but analysis should be limited to determining the significance of various facts.
....a. Significance - Since the total number of facts will exceed the time allowed to report, the process of sorting facts into the important and the unimportant should be based on grouping facts into similar subjects. "The plane is shot down and the pilot's third cousin has a dog named Rover." While the Rover fact is true, when grouped with the plane shootdown story, it is clear that it is a less important fact.
....b. Specificity - The analysis should be limited to the specific event in question. Therefore, it is NOT neutral to consider other's opinions as facts related to the event. While "Tom Daschle" has an anti-war opinion about the downed pilot's mission, it is not a fact specific to the event in question. To report other's opinions about an event is to engage in commentary/opinion rather than to engage in reporting.
3. Commentary: Commentary should always be identified, is always opinion, is entirely appropriate, and will always, necessarily have the elements of bias and prejudice. Ideally, commentary will be logical, coherent, and comprehensive regarding available facts. Pretending that commentary is analysis is to engage in an elementary form of propaganda.
The bottom line is the question: "Can 'Fox and Friends' have a pro-America position and still be considered credible sources of news?"
The answer: Certainly, provided they are honest with facts and clearly identify when they switch to opinion.
Did you get the surprise I mailed to your office address?
The DoD should give Geraldo an exclusive on "Opening Saddam's Bunker." That would really send Fox's numbers through the roof.
Battle for Viewers Colors
TV Pictures From Iraq
By EMILY NELSON
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Thursday, March 27: 6 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. in Baghdad. On CNN, American paratroopers jump from a plane to open the northern front in Iraq. On al-Jazeera, a little Iraqi girl in a pink sweater stares out from her Baghdad hospital bed.
It's the same conflict seen through two different lenses. CNN plays up technology and strategy and 3-D maps analyzed by retired generals. There are few civilians other than embedded reporters. On al-Jazeera, the biggest Arabic-language TV network, the conflict is messy, bloody and chaotic. Soldiers fire from dusty trenches; injured children fill hospitals.
The two networks, with unprecedented access to the battlefields of Iraq, are playing a powerful role in shaping perceptions of the war. The gulf between the two views could even have an impact on U.S. policy in the Middle East. A look at 24 consecutive hours of programming on CNN and al-Jazeera reveals the many differences, both dramatic and subtle.
CNN offers human-interest features with the families of U.S. POWs. Al-Jazeera keeps updating the war's death toll. CNN refers to "coalition forces," al-Jazeera to "invading Americans." CNN viewers expect the latest technology, such as lipstick cameras and night vision, and they get it. Al-Jazeera has had unusual access in places such as Baghdad and Basra, so it could offer its audience a street-level view of the war's impact on Iraqis. CNN's correspondents were all either pulled out or kicked out of Baghdad.
Many Arabs and Americans believe the other audience is being fed propaganda. But there is more than ideology at work at the two networks. Both are business operations competing for viewers and advertisers against increasingly aggressive rivals and avidly seeking to please their target audiences.
CNN, founded in 1980 and based in Atlanta, rose to prominence during the early hours of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 when it was the lone TV network with vivid shots from Baghdad. Its generally unvarnished, real-time coverage has repeatedly won it large audiences during major news events. While some critics have labeled the network as politically liberal, recently it has been seen in the U.S. as more centrist. That owes a lot to competition from its main rival, the overtly conservative Fox News , which has grown rapidly since its inception in 1996.
Al-Jazeera, based in Doha, Qatar, also got started in 1996 under a decree from the emir of Qatar. He gave it seed money but has never exerted editorial influence, the network says. Al-Jazeera now relies on funding from advertising, from providing footage to other networks and from other ventures such as turning programs into books. It is battling for viewers with smaller new rivals al-Arabiya, based in Dubai, and Abu Dhabi Television, based in the United Arab Emirates.
Often called the Arab CNN, al-Jazeera regards itself as the first independent Arab TV station, the only one that is ever critical of Arab governments. It has changed the media landscape in the Arab world since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when most Middle Eastern media were state-controlled and many regional viewers were skeptical of what they saw. Now the "al-Jazeera effect" resembles "the CNN effect" that came into sharp relief in 1991, when seeing images of the war on TV shaped public opinion.
CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson says its reporting is unbiased. The network makes judgment calls, she says, "particularly when it comes to soldiers killed in line of duty." On CNN, injuries are shown more often as still photographs, and when it does show video footage, viewers rarely see blood. "It's a news judgment where we would of course be mindful of the sensibilities of our viewers," Ms. Robinson says.
Al-Jazeera thinks it shows a different perspective than American media but doesn't think it is biased either. "We're here showing the real life of day-to-day things happening on the ground. The fact of the matter is war kills. It's not an image everyone wants to see," says Omar Beck, al-Jazeera's head of news gathering and operations.
The differences unfolded starkly during 24 hours beginning at 4 p.m. in New York and midnight in Baghdad last Wednesday, one week after the war began. (The time difference has since changed to nine hours as part of the world reset its clocks for spring.) The day brought some big news: British forces encountered civilian fighters in the southern Iraq city of Basra, a marketplace in Baghdad was bombed, and American troops parachuted into Northern Iraq to open a second front.
About 5 p.m. EST Wednesday / 1 a.m. Thursday in Baghdad
A bomb landed in a Baghdad marketplace. CNN's Nic Robertson describes "chaos and anger" in the district and shows footage from al-Jazeera of a burned-out car and men carrying the body in a blanket. "The Iraqi government is saying this is an indication that coalition forces are targeting civilians," Mr. Robertson says and shows a clip of the Iraqi minister of information saying, "They are killing innocent people." Mr. Robertson's report also includes a clip of Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, deputy director of the U.S. Central Command in Qatar, who says, "Right now, we simply don't know" if the bomb that hit the marketplace was American.
Later, in a repeat of the marketplace story, CNN's Wolf Blitzer alludes to how CNN edits coverage and chooses not to show some footage, when he introduces the photo of the girl in the hospital and says, "These and bloodier images of injured civilians and damage were shown by news agencies here in the Middle East."
Coverage on al-Jazeera of the attack includes lengthier clips from the same Iraqi minister's briefing, interviews with Baghdad residents, more footage of Baghdad streets, with a puddle of blood. It doesn't question the bomb's American origin but it does show the U.S. military saying it needs to examine the incident.
"I'm not surprised that the coverage is different" on al-Jazeera and Western networks, says Jihad Ballout, an al-Jazeera spokesman. He attributes the difference to his reporters' local sources as well as the demands of the networks' viewers. "The Arab has been hungry for news for a long, long time. [In the past], everything has been edited, censored. Ever since al-Jazeera came to be, the audience has been demanding that everything is shown to them."
In the U.S., CNN reaches 86 million homes; its international edition is seen in more than 160 million homes in more than 212 countries and territories, the company says. Since the war began March 19, its average U.S. audience at any given moment is about three million people, almost four times average viewership before the war. Al-Jazeera, available via satellite, says it reaches 35 million viewers in the Arab world, 300,000 viewers in the U.S., and four million in Europe, which doubled to eight million during the first week of the war.
Just after 7 p.m. EST, Wednesday / 3 a.m. Thursday in Baghdad
On CNN, Steve Nettleton, embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, reports from a military outpost via his videophone: "About 1,000 paratroopers dropped from the sky in a single sortie." The troops landed in northern Iraq to open up a second front in the war, he says. An animated graphic reminiscent of 3-D video games follows, showing soldiers taking a desert airfield.
Al-Jazeera is again showing footage from the marketplace bombing: Baghdad streets littered with fires and burned-out cars. Red blood forms a puddle in white-stone bricks crumbled on the ground, and the same men carry the same body in a blanket down the street. On hospital beds, a boy with bandaged feet and a wide-eyed girl. "What doesn't show at night shows in the morning. Victims dead on the streets or outside their cars," says reporter Diyar al-Omari. "This could be a sign of the ugliness of this war as opposed to what Washington said was going to be a clean war that wasn't supposed to target civilians."
CNN and al-Jazeera use the same format: a logo in the corner of the screen, a tagline in the bottom center, and a "crawl," a ribbon of news scrolling across the bottom. Both run top-of-the-hour news summaries, and both introduce their war coverage with a series of fast-paced clips set to music.
There the similarities end. The al-Jazeera montage includes ground troops running, a child crying, a soldier standing on a city street corner, and B-52s taking off, before ending with a shot of the Baghdad skyline filled with the puffy clouds of explosions. Al-Jazeera calls the war, "War on Iraq." It refers to Americans as "invading Americans" or "invading forces." Says Mr. Ballout, the al-Jazeera spokesman: "We took our cue from early Pentagon briefings where it was described as an invasion. ... We would be biased to call it 'Operation Iraqi Freedom.' "
CNN's tagline is "The War in Iraq." Underneath, it frequently broadcasts the White House label "Operation Iraqi Freedom," but always with quotation marks. The troops are often "Coalition Forces." The al-Jazeera crawl frequently repeats the war's casualty count; CNN's lists news headlines.
Just after midnight EST Thursday / 8 a.m. in Baghdad
CNN: A report from a road leading to Basra. Correspondent Christiane Amanpour explains that there is confusion in the city, as British forces try to distinguish troops from civilians, and that a humanitarian mission is also trying to deliver aid. "The resistance is much stiffer than people had expected," Ms. Amanpour says, noting that the troops had experience with trying to win over civilian populations and that such difficult missions take time. The report shows an al-Jazeera clip of the explosions in the black sky. Later it shows shots of a crowd of Iraqis jostling one another as they clamor for handouts from an aid truck.
Al-Jazeera: A report from Basra. Orange fireballs explode on the pitch-black horizon. Cut to a crowd of men rushing a scared-looking boy to the hospital where doctors lay him, one side covered with blood and an arm mangled, on the bed. Beside him, a veiled woman wails as doctors examine her bloody neck. Another bloody child is carried in. They are the "the injured in Basra from British and American attacks," says the al-Jazeera anchor.
4 a.m. EST / noon in Baghdad
CNN: Live coverage of a news conference held by Iraqi Health Minister Omeed Medhat Mubarak.
Al-Jazeera: Live coverage of the same news conference.
The footage on both networks, apparently from a pooled camera, was identical until the conference ended. At that point, CNN cut away while al-Jazeera kept broadcasting as the pooled camera moved in for a close-up of a poster behind the minister of snapshots of wounded civilians in hospital beds.
Like CNN, al-Jazeera has made enemies with its reports. Late Wednesday, the Iraqi Ministry of Information barred one of al-Jazeera's five reporters in Baghdad from filing his reports and told another to leave the country, the network said. In response, the network said it will stop its independent on-the-ground reporting in Iraq and cover only official news conferences and events. Thursday, the New York Stock Exchange said it is considering renewing al-Jazeera's credentials to cover the NYSE; it revoked them last week after exchange members took issue with coverage.
5 a.m. EST / 1 p.m. in Baghdad
CNN: Video footage shows Marines along the parachute rip-line, preparing to leap from a plane. The story expands on Steve Nettleton's earlier report.
Al-Jazeera: Reporter Wadah Khanfar notes that it will be difficult for the Americans to open a northern front without bringing in equipment from Turkey. "They don't want to open a northern front as of yet. They're waiting," Mr. Khanfar says.
Later that morning, at 8:25 a.m., Omar Khaki, the only al-Jazeera reporter embedded with U.S. troops, reports from Umm Qasr. Mr. Khaki reports that the arrival of humanitarian aid to the southern port city was delayed by the discovery of mines in the harbor. It is al-Jazeera's sole report from an embedded journalist in 24 hours. CNN shows dozens during the same period. Al-Jazeera says it wound up with only one embedded slot because Kuwait, which closed the network's bureau there several months ago to complain about its coverage, denied most of its reporters visas.
A poor videophone makes Mr. Khaki's face slightly fuzzy. When the camera pans to what appear to be American soldiers in the background, it shows only a blur of colors.
At noon, al-Jazeera shows footage of a U.S. Apache helicopter, an unmanned spy plane and an army truck, "which Iraqi forces shot down," it reports. The video shows a crowd of singing Iraqi men, waving machine guns and dancing on top of the helicopter hull. It repeats the video three times.
About 30 minutes later, CNN reports that "several Arab-language networks are showing pictures of what they call a downed U.S. Apache helicopter." The network shows a brief excerpt of the al-Jazeera footage, showing the helicopter -- but not the cheering crowd -- and turns to retired Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd and retired Maj. Gen. David Grange, standing at the map table in its Atlanta studio. The generals dismiss the video outright, saying "it could have been shot down months ago" and that helicopters have been shot down in Iraq's no-fly zone. Al-Jazeera declines to disclose its sources. The Pentagon hasn't confirmed that the Apache was downed on that particular day.
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To (loosely) quote Sean Hannity: Juan's a good guy; he's just wrong!
will heretofore be known as ...drum roll maestro....
THE E-LITE DEMOCRAT GUARD
Having a like name as the other loser, THE E-WEAK REPUBLICAN GUARD, seems only apropos! Their true leaders have done more than become a bit long of tooth... they have in fact... lost their teeth, gumming the latest faxed spew from the Babbs Bunker, and Fairy MacAllcutoff.
The SHOCK AND AWE of their loss by the Infintell;
All the old rules no longer apply.There is a new game and like the restoration in Iraq and the mideast, George Bush will make the new rules.
Fox types are very well educated. ED for instance is Harvard degreed.