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In leaked e-mail, Fox News boss told staff to cast doubt on climate change

For the second time in less than a week, the Fox News Washington managing editor has been caught trying to “slant” the news. In an e-mail obtained by liberal watchdog group Media Matters, Bill Sammon told his staff to downplay the importance of climate science that showed the world was…

Watchdog: Fox News’ free publicity for GOP presidential contenders worth $40M

A liberal advocacy group estimates that five potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates who work for Fox News Channel were on the air nearly 66 hours in the first 10 months of the year. The accounting by Media Matters for America points to the hugely influential — and profitable — position…

MediaMatters wins lunch with Rupert Murdoch

WASHINGTON — A group which is a persistent critic of media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Thursday that it had paid 86,000 dollars and won a charity auction to have lunch with the News Corp. chairman. Media Matters for America said it submitted the winning bid for the lunch with Murdoch…

National Enquirer publisher to file for Chapter 11

American Media, publisher of National Enquirer, to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection American Media Inc., the publisher of The National Enquirer, said Monday that it plans to file for bankruptcy protection in about two weeks. American Media said it will file a prepackaged plan, which the company said should…

Broadcaster bailout: $3 billion spent on campaign TV ads

Democrats, Republicans and numerous politically active groups have jointly spent $3 billion on TV ads in this election season, according to a research group cited by the Associated Press. For TV viewers, this cutthroat election year is a riot of attack ads and media saturation made possible by big-money donors.…

We report, you decide? More than 30 Fox News personalities endorsed GOP candidates in 2010

The Obama administration has called Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party” but even the White House might be surprised to find out that more than 30 network personalities have supported GOP candidates this year. A new report by the liberal group Media Matters claims that in more than…

Dr. Laura on n-word critics: ‘That’s how it started in Germany’

Several weeks ago, Dr. Laura Schlessinger used the N-word eleven times in a rant sparked by an African-American caller to her radio show, igniting a firestorm of criticism and a call by Media Matters for advertisers to boycott her program. Schlessinger quickly apologized for having “hurt people” while “attempting to…

Watchdog devises way for Fox to ‘report’ news it ‘skipped’

Media Matters hopes ‘very special message from Fox News’ ad runs during O’Reilly Factor Instead of just complaining about what a major cable news channel will or won’t report on, a media watchdog hopes to buy an advertisement to make sure their news is heard. And even if the channel…

Dr. Laura to end radio show, blames ‘Media Matters’

Dr. Laura plans to end radio show to ‘regain 1st Amendment rights’ after using N-word on-air. Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the talk show host who recently apologized for saying the N-word 11 times to a caller on the air, said Tuesday she plans to give up her radio show when her…

South Africa media fear new rules on reporting

JOHANNESBURG — Proposed media regulations in South Africa have raised fears that the government is trying to control news coverage, drawing comparisons to apartheid-era censorship. The ruling African National Congress is mulling a Media Appeals Tribunal, while parliament is considering the Protection of Information Bill, which media organizations say would…

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