Letter to CBS Evening News
I just sent this to CBS. Hopefully they will hold Fox accountable for their scandalous practices. I'm not stopping here though. Much more mail to be sent. Is that a war path up ahead?
FALSE REPORTING BY FOX NEWS
For the second time in one week Fox News has posted blatant lies to their web site as actual news.
Firstly Carl Cameron, Fox news correspondent assigned to the Kerry campaign, attributed false news quotes to John Kerry after the presidential debate. This was caught by Josh Marshall of Talking points Memo who called Fox in Washington for comment. Their exchange was as follows:
Josh Marshall: Late this afternoon I spoke to Fox spokesman Paul Schur who told me the following ...
"Carl [Cameron] made a stupid mistake which he regrets. And he has been reprimanded for his lapse in judgment. It was a poor attempt at humor."
Fox News then posted a retraction and apology to their website that can be found here: Fox apology for false story
This, however, was only the beginning. Today another article that has not been taken down or apologized for has Fox News quoting an organization named Communists for Kerry. Here is an exerpt from: Fox fabrication #2
"Of course, there were some Kerry supporters in attendance who had no doubts whatever about their candidate.
"We're trying to get Comrade Kerry elected and get that capitalist enabler George Bush out of office," said 17-year-old Komoselutes Rob of Communists for Kerry.
"Even though he, too, is a capitalist, he supports my socialist values more than President Bush," Rob said, before assuring FOXNews.com that his organization was not a parody group. When asked his thoughts on Washington's policy toward Communist holdout North Korea, Rob said: "The North Koreans are my comrades to a point, and I'm sure they support Comrade Kerry, too."
It is unclear whether the Kerry campaign has welcomed the Communists' endorsement."
There is a link to Communists for Kerry within the story. When you click on about us you see this message from the Hellgate Republicans:
"Communists for Kerry" is a campaign of the Hellgate Republican Club, a tax exempt non-partisan public advocacy "527" organization that exists for the purpose of; "Informing voters with satire and irony, how political candidates make decisions based on the failed social economic principles of socialism that punish the individual by preventing them from becoming their dream through proven ideas of entrepreneurship and freedom."
Our members help elect candidates who support economic growth through Entrepreneurship, limited government and lower taxes. Communists For Kerry is separate and distinct from the Communist party of America and any of its organization. None of it's members are members of any communist organizations. "
Fox News has been attacking the character and journalistic standards of Dan Rather for running a story where the documents are only in question.
Now Fox News has reported two absolutely fabricated stories within a week, one of which has already been admitted by them to have been false. I will also be e-mailing this information to other news orgainizations and individuals, along with the Daily Show. I, thousands of other bloggers, and millions of our readers expect CBS to air this story and hold Fox News to the same standards they crucified Dan Rather for supposedly not adhering to. Thank you for your time.
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