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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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Advising viewers on "how you can join" the tour, Fox and Friends hosted Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams, vice chairman of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, who is a part of the birther conspiracy movement of people who contend that Obama wasn't born in America. At the Fox Nation Web site, viewers were treated to a promotional piece that asked, "Will You Join the Tea Party Express?" We don't see the other cable news outlets soliciting members for, say,

8. Glenn Beck, deranged inventor of paranoid conspiracies -- Here's a Beck exclusive you won't hear on any of the other cable news networks: OnStar, the GPS/emergency-alert system available in General Motors cars, is being indirectly funded by the auto-industry bailout so the government can spy on you.

To be fair, Beck said this on his radio program, which is not a Fox News product, which is also where he compared the situation of Fox News to that of Jews during the Holocaust (with other news outlets acting as silent bystanders). In the same segment, he cast Obama as a "brutal dictator."

But statements such as these seem to serve no detriment to his Fox News career. (Compare this to MSNBC, where David Shuster got sidelined for a month during the height of campaign season for a bad choice of words regarding Chelsea Clinton stumping for her mom.) And there's no shortage of outrageous and paranoid material to choose from from Beck's television show, much of it reported, blogged or cataloged by AlterNet.

The big one, of course, is Beck calling Obama a racist, and then going on Fox and Friends to declare that the president has "a deep-seated hatred of white people" and "white culture."

Then there's all the weeping, which looks a lot like bad acting. On news opinion shows on other cable channels, we don't see much of that.

And there's this one: Beck's claim that he couldn't debunk the conspiracy theory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is building internment camps for political dissidents:

"We are a country that is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest imagination," Beck said on a March broadcast of Fox and Friends. "I have to tell you, I'm doing a story tonight that I wanted to debunk these FEMA camps."

In June, after New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called out Beck for the claim, he dialed it back.

Now, there's some stuff you won't find on any other cable channel that claims to be a news outlet.

More on Beck's publicly traded paranoia and fearmongering against the Obama administration -- and liberals, in general -- can be found at Media Matters.

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