Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Yes, Howie, the World Is Round

Howard Kurtz reports that FOX News isn’t fair and balanced.

In covering the Iraq war last year, 73 percent of the stories on Fox News included the opinions of the anchors and journalists reporting them, a new study says.

By contrast, 29 percent of the war reports on MSNBC and 2 percent of those on CNN included the journalists’ own views.

These findings — the figures were similar for coverage of other stories — “seem to challenge” Fox’s slogan of “we report, you decide,” says the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

In a 617-page report, the group also found that “Fox is more deeply sourced than its rivals,” while CNN is “the least transparent about its sources of the three cable channels, but more likely to present multiple points of view.”

Yeah, I know he wrote about this yesterday, but I’m still recovering from the shock.

Today he turns over most of his column to P.J. O’Rourke’s take (and take-down) of John Kerry’s analysis of the news coverage of the 2004 campaign and some other slightly related tidbits, including the level of awareness of the general population with the “phenomenon” of blogging. Gee, Howie, you’re beginning to sound like a blogger yourself.