If you had any doubt whether Fox “News,” the New York Post, and Rupert Murdoch’s “News Corp.” was anything but a right-wing propaganda outfit, completely “unfair and unbalanced,” it’s beyond debate now. That’s right, “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) this year,” thus making completely obvious what most of us have known all along — Fox is just another arm of the Republican Party and of the right-wing noise machine in this country. Needless to say, Murdoch’s faux “news” outfits also makes a mockery of journalistic objectivity and do serious damage to real journalism. Pathetic.
With that, here’s a statement from Nathan Daschle of the Democratic Governors Association.
Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, issued the following statement today regarding a $1 million dollar contribution from News Corp., parent company of Fox News, to the Republican Governors Association.
“By contributing $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, Fox has crossed a bright line. Fox can no longer pretend that it is a ‘fair and balanced’ news organization when Rupert Murdoch greenlights a million dollar contribution to defeat Democratic governors.
“Time and time again, Fox News has defended itself against accusations that it is nothing more than a tool of the Republican Party. We know now that the reality is so much worse: they’re bankrolling the GOP. FOX’s news division is ignoring the fact that its own parent company made a direct and unprecedented partisan contribution to defeat Democrats. This is hypocrisy at its worst, and is a sad day for all of us who believe that an independent and impartial media is vital to our democracy.
“Not only does this contribution severely compromise Fox’s news reporting, but it even breaks Fox’s own promise to its shareholders that it won’t give money to benefit office holders.
“While it might be naive to think this will ever happen, we can only hope that Fox will own up to the activities and that its stable of opinion hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly will do the right thing and call on their company to return the contribution.”