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8 Reasons Fox Is Not a News Organization

PR for the GOP? Yes. Platform for right-wing hatemongers? Definitely. But a news organization? Definitely not.

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In fact, Murdoch's minions accounted for more than one-third of the roster of speakers at the conference plenary session.

Now, the News Channel's sibling station, Fox Business News channel is, fittingly, getting in on the act. The ink barely dry on his new contract with Fox, John Stossel is hitting the road with AFP's Phillips to argue against "government-forced health care" at AFP rallies, the Raw Story reports.

Stossel hosts a weekly show on FBN, and appears on Fox News Channel as a commentator. In August, Stossel appeared on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show, where he advocated for the right of insurance companies to charge more for, or to dump, patients who have pre-existing conditions.

"I mean, an insurance company helps us by saying, 'We're gonna charge the town drunk more for car insurance than we're gonna charge you,' " Stossel said.

Nice. Comparing someone who has, say, multiple sclerosis, with the town drunk -- because MS is apparently the result of bad behavior. In the same segment, he said insurance companies should have the right to charge women more because "women go to the doctor more often. ... Some discrimination is good."

3. On-air fundraising for Republican PACs -- Fox News personalities encourage viewers to contribute money to, and visit the Web sites of, specific Republican-affiliated political action committees. We can't find a single instance of either CNN or MSNBC doing anything of the kind for Democratic causes.

Oh, sure, Keith Olbermann raised money for free health clinics for the uninsured, but it's our understanding that there are uninsured Republicans. And Rachel Maddow raised money for jerseys for an Iraqi baseball team (who learned the game from American troops), but last time we looked, baseball was the Great American Bipartisan Pastime.

As reported by Media Matters via Air America, Fox political analyst Dick Morris used a September appearance on Fox's Hannity to promote Republican Trust, a PAC for which Morris works, crowing that "we've raised now $2 million to run ads ..." Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee, who hosts an eponymous Sunday night show on the alleged News Channel, took a softer approach when he directed viewers to the Web site of his Huck PAC, the fundraising mechanism for an expected presidential campaign, to sign a petition.

4. Bill O'Reilly, stalker of those whose opinions he doesn't like -- We exhausted all avenues of research trying to find a news show host at another cable news channel who pays his producer to stalk people whose opinions he or she doesn't like. Came up with bupkus. Nor could we find one who locked the media out of remarks she or he was delivering in acceptance of an award from a nonprofit group.

At the annual conference of the religious-right political group, Family Research Council Action, O'Reilly received an award for his vilification of Dr. George Tiller. Tiller was an abortion provider who was gunned down in his church by a man who obviously took to heart references by O'Reilly and others, "Tiller the baby-killer."

As AlterNet reported, FRC Action gave O'Reilly its first "Media Courage" award, only to see the Fox News host lock out the media to watch his speech.

One of the trademarks of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, is the dispatch of producer/stalker Jesse Watters to ambush liberal commentators who have expressed opinions with which his boss is at odds, pummel them with questions framed around lies or misleading statements, and capture their shocked replies on video, which is then edited for maximum effect and played on the nightly program.

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