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When Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which owns Fox News, made a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association, Democrats didn't like it. Nathan Daschle, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, said Fox News should issue a disclaimer:
"In the interest of some fairness and balance, I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your coverage any time any of your programs covers governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day," Daschle said, according to Kurtz.
To which a Fox spokesman replied: "Nathan's stunt has run its course. His 15 minutes are up. Time to leave the stage."
I say, fair enough. Let's have Fox News issue that disclaimer....as long as everyone else adheres to the same standard.
Here's how ABC, CBS, and NBC employees donated to candidates in 2008, according to data collected from OpenSecrets.org:
Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.
By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744.
President Obama received 710 such contributions worth a total of $461,898, for an average contribution of $651 from the network employees. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926, for an average donation of $709.
With nearly 90% of their employees contributing to Democrats, I eagerly await the disclaimers of ABC, CBS, and NBC regarding their political coverage. Mainstream media bias is a two-way street, and most of the traffic favors the Democrats. Without Fox News, it would ALL favor the Democrats on television, and that's why I say Fox News is not only good for the political milieu, it is essential. We can't have much of a discussion in the marketplace of ideas when all those ideas are the same.
While I'm on the subject of bias disclaimers, the Washington Examiner mentioned this little fact in the article linked above:
OpenSecrets.org found that college professors were the most reliable Democratic contributors in the 2008 election
Uh-oh. I guess we better put up disclaimer signs at our universities too, warning incoming students that they are about to enter a left-wing indoctrination zone.
Think about this the next time some liberal tries to tell you how awful is the bias of Fox News. What they're really telling you is that they wish only THEIR opinions were being expressed favorably, which also explains why one of the first things socialist/communist/religious dictators do is ban and/or imprison media outlets that oppose them. It also explains why left-wingers moan about the advantage conservatives have in talk radio in this country and try to dream up ways to eliminate that advantage, while the same lefties have no problem whatsover with THEIR much larger advantage on television, in newspapers, and at college universities. There's nothing about fairness involved with those who want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. It's all about controlling the narrative. It's all about power. The left can't wield it as effectively as they used to, and they hate that. That hate ends with the last refuge of the liberal. This occurs when the liberal fears he might lose the argument, especially if he is losing the argument in the public eye. That's when the liberal plays his trump card, his show-stopper, and calls his opponents bigots, even when those opponents are the overwhelming majority of the American people. That's how "tolerant" liberals are. They are only tolerant of those who think just like they do. The liberal version of tolerance is actually the very definition of intolerance - unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.
And this fully explains why despicable liberal groups and individuals have attempted to falsely smear the Tea Party movement as racist since day one.