Fox News Refuses Media Matters Ad on News Corp’s $1 Million Donation to GOP
August 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)— With the recent news that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Fox News’ parent company, had donated a whopping $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, the progressive media watchdog group, Media Matters produced an ad touting the unprecedented contribution to help GOP candidates get elected, with the aim of running it on Fox News’ the O’Reilly Factor. But surprise, surprise, Fox News has reportedly rejected the spot, because Media Matters didn’t edit the ad exactly as asked.
The purpose of Media Matters’ ad is to inform Fox News viewers of the massive donation to Republicans, since the network has barely mentioned it. Media Matters is also spearheading a campaign to get Fox News’ front row White House press room seat yanked, for running a partisan propaganda operation.
In a letter sent to the White House Correspondents’ Association, Media Matters along with other progressive groups, are demanding that the front row seat be awarded to a “real” news organization.
“What message does it send to reward a “news outlet” that ideologically and financially supports the Republican Party with a place of distinction in the White House briefing room? How is the country better served by continuing to disregard Fox News’ unabashed partisan tilt even as it becomes more and more obvious?”
Regardless of whether the ad ever runs on Fox News, Media Matters is still receiving attention for its campaign to alert the public to Rupert Murdoch’s decision, to dispense with the charade that Fox News is a “Fair and balanced” network.