Dems Demand Fox News Issue Disclaimer After $1 Million GOP Donation

August 18, 2010

(ChattahBox)— It was disclosed yesterday that Fox News’ parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. made a $1 million jaw-dropping donation to the Republican Governors Association. How much did Murdoch donate to the Democratic Governors Association? A big fat zero. The unprecedented contribution signals Fox News is now dispensing with the pretense that it’s a “fair and balanced” network. Murdoch’s media empire is a propaganda arm of the GOP, and his direct funding of Republican political campaigns should not leave any doubt of that. In response, Nathan Daschle, executive director of the DGA fired off a letter to Fox News’ Roger Ailes demanding the GOP network issue a formal disclaimer when reporting on governor’s races.

Daschle’s letter demands Fox News disclose that its parent corporation made the “single largest corporate contribution” to defeat Democrats:

“For the first time in history, your organization is openly and proudly supporting the defeat of Democratic governors with an unprecedented political contribution of $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. In fact, your company provided the single largest corporate contribution to our opposition.”

“In the interest of some fairness and balance, I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day. I suggest that the disclaimer say: “News Corp., parent company of Fox News, provided $1 million to defeat Democratic governors in November.” If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the “fair and balanced” side of the network demand that the contribution be returned.”

And in the bizarro world of Fox News, the $1 million donation to Republicans by News Corp., one of the top stories of the week, has not even been mentioned on the network.

“According to a search by ThinkProgress, there has so far been no mention of the News Corp/RGA story on Fox News so far. Fox Business and have also ignored the news, notes Media Matters. Also, as Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, Fox has even refused to allow the head of the DGA to come on and talk about it”

Daschle points out this oddity in a postscript:

“P.S. Many news outlets have covered this controversy, but your own news programs have been strangely silent. I am available to appear on any of your programs to discuss the case for Democratic governors – particularly why our governors best for business growth. Despite my efforts to immediately reach out to your news programs, more than a dozen requests were ignored.”

News Corp. responded that it made the donation, because it believes in the GOP agenda. Well, yah we know that.

“News Corp. has always believed in the power of free markets, and organizations like the R.G.A., which have a pro-business agenda, support our priorities at this most critical time for our economy,” said Jack Horner, a company spokesman.”

A major news organization making a donation to a single party of this size, is a very big deal.

As noted by Steve Benen of the Political Animal, Fox News is unlikely to accede to Democratic demands for a disclaimer pointing its political bias, but the demand is not baseless:

“I don’t imagine Ailes intends to act on this, but the DGA’s argument is hardly baseless. Put it this way: imagine what Republicans would be saying right now if the New York Times Company contributed $1 million to the DSCC, but assured Republicans that its coverage of this year’s Senate races would remain entirely fair and even-handed.”

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20 Responses to “Dems Demand Fox News Issue Disclaimer After $1 Million GOP Donation”

  1. Bridget on August 18th, 2010 10:39 pm

    laughable, but typical and predictable

  2. Fred on August 19th, 2010 6:13 am


  3. Doug Markell on August 19th, 2010 6:34 am

    SCOTUS said it’s okay.

  4. Dave on August 19th, 2010 6:37 am

    What’s laughable is that anyone would believe that the New York Times would be “entirely fair and even-handed”. Just because they don’t donate $1 million doesn’t mean they don’t lean left and present the news that way.

  5. Noel Taylor on August 19th, 2010 7:04 am

    How much money did the Government Union bosses give to Obama and how much did they give to the Republicans?

    You should be as fair and balanced as Fox News

  6. Bob Shorkey on August 19th, 2010 7:11 am

    The Dems don’t need money to buy favorable advertising on NBC, MSMBC, CNN, ABC or CBS. These outlets already support the liberal agenda through there commentators. As the slogan for MSNBC states “Your Place for (liberal) Politics. The conservatives need a friendly outlet.

  7. brian on August 19th, 2010 7:43 am

    Boo f###ing hoo. Since crybabies I mean dems want to make such a big deal about corporation donations this go around I want a list of corporations making Democrat donations so that I can boycott them and berate their employees like all the oversensitive dems are doing, because they know they are about to get their a##es handed to them for epic failure.

  8. EAM on August 19th, 2010 8:05 am

    Funny, you don’t hear the Dems whining when they get huge contributions from organized labor like the UAW, SEIU or others. And they don’t have to put any disclaimers on anything. “This legislation brought to you by contributions from,, the bailed out auto workers and card-check supporters.”

  9. Brennan on August 19th, 2010 8:14 am

    You idiot American sheep, can’t see your rights and liberties being taken away by corporate America, because they have you so blinded that you think as long as it hurts the party you are against, it is okay.

  10. brian on August 19th, 2010 8:38 am

    Democrats steal from the hard working and self motivated and give to the undeserving and lazy. Make it stop, go to the polls.

  11. mbahde on August 19th, 2010 10:20 am

    If the Democrats are going to demand disclaimers now…where were all the disclaimers during Obama’s campaigning that the rest of main stream medias were and are all biased to the Democratic party and that their ads and news reports should be taken with a grain of salt?

  12. navi on August 19th, 2010 10:45 am

    There is a very big difference between unions donating to the dens and a news corporation that has determined itself to being fair and balanced to donate to the RGA. News outlets are suposed to report facts in an unbiased manor. Unions are special interest groups.

    I myself am sick of the spin on all the networks. The only reason I watch CNN is because the are better at checking facts then the other networks. Even then they have a lot of room for improvement.

  13. Patriotson on August 19th, 2010 10:49 am

    It seems that the Democrat’s are getting fair return for their political agenda with Move on, MSNBC, the presidents attacks on Fox News and the total desire to regulate and control free speech. Obama has been using taxpayer money to put out propaganda through his skirting the limits of the laws and now that a corp. has made a contribution so huge that it makes the democrats cry, they are doing just that. Cry-baby, craybaby.
    I hope it is only the beginning of contributions from corporate America as payback for the anti business agenda Obama has and the lack of job building for the jobless. Battery production will not be able to hire the entire 14million people who are out of work. All this is brought to you by the most bias person in America, Obama. Look for more of the same ole same under this administration.
    Novem less than 70 days away. Vote the corrupton and socialist ideologs out of washington.

  14. Rob on August 19th, 2010 11:07 am

    QUOTE”Brennan on August 19th, 2010 8:14 am
    You idiot American sheep, can’t see your rights and liberties being taken away by corporate America, because they have you so blinded that you think as long as it hurts the party you are against, it is okay.”

    Brennan, you’ve pretty much nailed it. Politics in the U.S. have become little more than a contest not unlike Football. The truly amazing thing is, the spectators generally believe there is a difference between the 2 parties. Were going down in a blaze of commercial interest, and because people won’t wake up, I don’t see it going any other way.

  15. wtobias on August 19th, 2010 11:24 am

    dear leader obama took in over 2 million dollars . wile on the job if anything the media should be focusing on this using tax payers money and government resources to raise money for the democratic party . and as far as the media CBS, Microsoft, and general electric, are big contributors to the democrats. by law they have the right to give to who ever they want . but if fox is made to give equally to the democrats then all of those media company’s that give to the democrats have to pony up and give to the republican party .

  16. Dwight on August 19th, 2010 11:30 am

    the dems and their sugar daddies secretly share trillions of dollars of ill gotten gain all the time but they are such whiners and so dead set against a level playing field that they can’t help but whine and complain about any break their enemies (their view not mine) get that it is laughable – just one media outlet chooses not to lick their boots and they cry like the cry-baby players on the Boston Red Sox do every time they don’t like called balls & strikes… waa-waa-waa… yadda-yadda-yadda
    [I am a self-avowed moderate – not fond of the right wing OR the left wing]
    A plane needs both wings – but the people are in the middle in between…

  17. Darr247 on August 19th, 2010 11:52 am

    Cool… got my new Sig file for comments on newspaper and syndicate sites:

    “News Corp. (owned by a foreign national who made his fortune on The Star gossip rag, created his own Faux Newz network to feed his facsist propaganda to ignorant rednecks, then attempted to ‘buy’ an upgrade for his sleazeball reputation by purchasing the Wall Street Urinal) provided $1 million to the party of NO! robber-barons to influence american politics and defeat Democratic governors in November.”

  18. ObvUsername on August 19th, 2010 3:27 pm

    Hey, I agree that NewsCorp can support whomever they want. But they can’t do that AND have their motto be “Fair and balanced” – it’s just plain false advertising.

  19. jay23 on August 19th, 2010 5:05 pm

    Kudos to Mr. Murdock !!! This Federal Government is WAY out of control. Let’s step back and take a look at the big picture / Most Dems or Republicans for that matter do not even understand that the Democratic Party has been taken over by The Progressive movement and must be stopped NOW ! Fox News and Talk Radio are the only two places in the U.S. to get any truth about all the unconstitutional BS going on in Washingtom. Europe and Canada are trying to warn us that we are on a slippery slope headed for catastophy ! But, no our News organizations do not report it. “We the people have had enough! ” See you in D.C. 8/27, 8/28, and 8/29. Visit for more information about the Plan to take back America. God Bless. Oh, was that not politically correct ? Tough Sh###t !

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