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Tsunami tragedy exposes Fox News' weakness

January 6, 2005 10:40 PM

Eric Boehlert's latest is on how poorly Fox News has been covering the tsunami tragedy. Since they have no actual news infrastructure, they can't cover a real news story like this. All they can do is regurgitate AP wire stories and GOP talking points.

If the Republican National Committee doesn't have an angle on the story, then neither, apparently, does Fox News. And the last time we checked, there were no GOP talking points on natural disasters of biblical proportions.

Also, big props to my blog kids, the News Hounds, who were cited in the article as a source!

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Read the 18 comments.

Right Wing Robby:

The tsunamo has exposed a few things. One of which is shown by this very blog.

1)After the horrible accident occurred, the left wing United Nations used it to first attack the USA. We all know the story.

2)The left media in this country attacked Bush for what he did or didnt say fast enough.

3) Jim points out an attack on Fox news.

As usual, the left shows us they are willing to use any disaster or any terrible occurance on this planet as a reason to blame the republicans. It shows how sad a shape their own party is that they focus on republicans during this horrible time, and not the problem at hand.

They actually attempt to spin a tidal wave on the other side of the planet and blame the republicans for some aspect of it. What a sad sad bunch.

Fri Jan 7 2005 9:33 AM

Right Wing Robby:

I was wondering if Jim was going to cover the tidal wave story. Two blogs in a row he uses the story to attack repubilicans.

The true face of the left is showing strong here. We see their concern and where it lies.

We are talking about 150000+ dead people here, and Jim hasnt mentioned it once. When it comes to Iraq the left cant open up there mouth without talking about casualties, but in this instance all we here from the left is to blame the right.

Very sad in deed. The only cares about power, not helping. The left only wants to point blame at Americans, not praise the multinational relief effort.

The left is a nasty party whose basis is blame and hate. This is just another prime example of it.

Fri Jan 7 2005 9:41 AM

Jim Gilliam:

#1 -- not true. It was the conservative Washington Times who manufactured the remarks. The first paragraph of the Washington Times article never even happened. The UN official was referring to all wealthy countries, and when pressed, refused to name any countries specifically.

Details here:

and you can listen to the full press conference yourself here:

And no one is blaming Republicans for even a small part of the tragedy, in fact, it's Tom DeLay who seems keen on blaming the fools who build their houses on the sand.

Fri Jan 7 2005 9:52 AM

Right Wing Robby:




Looks like Fox is doing a terrible job jim. Good report.

Fri Jan 7 2005 9:59 AM

Jim Gilliam:

I just had nothing to say about the tragedy that wasn't already being said by, literally, thousands and thousands of blogs.

It's horrible. People died. It's a great opportunity for America to lead the world in a positive humanitarian way.

Fri Jan 7 2005 10:00 AM

Right Wing Robby:

Please note the second most watched Cable news show with a liberal host is,(drum roll please)

THE FAKE NEWS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why isnt this surprising? This is the funniest stuff ever. Thanks for making my day Jim.

Fri Jan 7 2005 10:02 AM

Jim Gilliam:

"Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel surged ahead of arch-rival CNN in the ratings last year, as the right-leaning network's coverage of the presidential election and war in Iraq captured the mood of at least half the nation. However, the Asian tsunami disaster left Fox scrambling."

"Not only did the event occur on December 26, a day when most anchors and producers were on Christmas vacation, but it involved part of the world where domestic-focused Fox has none of its own reporters."

"While CNN, the only US news network with a strong global presence, was able to mobilise its correspondents in the region and fly in big-name reinforcements, Fox had to rely on untested freelancers, some of whom appeared to have never stood in front of a television camera before."

"The contrast was reflected in the ratings, with CNN's audience up more than 70 per cent."

"The only part of the story Fox appeared comfortable reporting was the ideological dispute over whether the US was giving enough aid. Fox anchor John Gibson asked a guest why US taxpayers should be expected to "rebuild hotels . . so Swedes can go on vacation in Phuket again".

Fri Jan 7 2005 10:10 AM

Mike of the Great White North:

Your right Robby, it is funny. It's funny that manufactured news like the Daily Show is actually funny to watch while learning about world events! It's also funny that manufactured news on FAUX Newz is turning out more and more simple minded idiots every day. It would be absolutely hilarious if it wasn't so tragic. Oh well, at least Crossfire's on the chopping block. Thanks Sterwart!

Fri Jan 7 2005 1:50 PM

raging red:

And here we have Robby again missing the point. Is Jim attacking Republicans in this post? Hmm, I've read it over and over again, and I just don't see it. Seems to me that Jim and the Salon article (if one actually bothers to read it) are simply criticizing Fox's lack of actual news reporting. Seems like it's simply a FACT that Fox does not have the reporting staff that other networks do and is not offering the same in-depth stories on the tsunami.

So any criticism of Fox is now an attack on Republicans? At least you're finally admitting that Fox is just a Republican mouthpiece.

Sat Jan 8 2005 11:05 AM

Mike of the Great White North:

Ragin Red.... i couldn't have said it better myself! In fact, im shocked i never saw that corrolation until now.

Sat Jan 8 2005 3:32 PM

Right Wing Robby:

YOU attack fox because YOU think its right leaning. Thats the point. Nice try at the flip.

Sun Jan 9 2005 2:44 PM

Mike of the Great White North:

No, i attack Fox because it's a peice of $#!7 worthless tabloid organization posing as news. But in true fashion, you didn't answer Ragings question which is very relevant. I notice this alot. You simply fail to answer questions, instead trying to goad people offtopic or simply hope it will go away. Question still stands... Jim didn't attack Reps. he questioned Fox's news gathering ability standards to other outlets. Why are you so pissy about that fact and ASSUME it's a clear shot at Republicans. The only need to make that assumption is if there is a corrolation between Repulicans and FOX, vis avis in bed with each other. Is that what your admitting?

Sun Jan 9 2005 2:55 PM

Mick of the Great Black South:

Fox News has shuttled a staff of about 30 to work with British news groups with which it is affiliated, giving the channel “a surprisingly robust operation,” according to Kevin Magee, vice president of news programming.

He takes issue with any notion that Fox focuses mostly on closer-to-home issues and pales as a news-gatherer.

“We present fair and balanced news, whether it's international or domestic,” he said. “On the weekend, we do more live news than the other guys. All our (weekend) shows were overwhelmed with tsunami coverage.”

"CNN's Jonathan Klein says that with producers and correspondents already stationed around the globe, CNN was "able to flood the zone immediately" since last week and now has more than 75 staff members reporting the story. CNN has gone wall-to-wall on the disaster: "We plan to keep our foot on the accelerator"

There's some real humanitarians working at CNN.

Mon Jan 10 2005 9:20 AM

Right Wing Robby:

Mike. Its called context. This blog sits in site whose owner and author is an activist liberal and was a co-producer of the movie outfoxed. The main purpose of the movie outfoxed was an attempt to prove FNC is a Republican slanted News organization.

Let me say it again for you. Jim, the blog's author, co-produced outfoxed.

There is no unanswered question and the only thing being avoided here is you from reality.

"Im assuming"....haha. Do you write your own jokes?

Mon Jan 10 2005 11:52 AM


"CNN's Jonathan Klein says that with producers and correspondents already stationed around the globe, CNN was "able to flood the zone immediately" since last week and now has more than 75 staff members reporting the story. CNN has gone wall-to-wall on the disaster: "We plan to keep our foot on the accelerator"

One would think CNN was covering a NASCAR race, not a natural disaster. Halfway expect Klein to shout out "GIT'ER DONE" in encouragement of his staff's "flooding the zone". Wonder how many of those chartered aircraft could have flown in relief supplies if not burdened with CNN's equipment and logistical support.

Just how many well fed, pampered, on air talents (they are not reporters) do we need to hold a microphone to the face of a tsunami victim and ask "How does it feel to have lost you home and family?" WTF do they think the answer is going to be?

Mon Jan 10 2005 1:10 PM

Mr Tea:

I personally found the fox news coverage of the tsunami disgusting. SKY News (I choose this station for comparison because it's News Corps's TV news station in the UK, which does cover international events with some decency and as little spin as it is possible for news corps to stand) covered the scale of the disaster, the personal tragedy and the loss of entire cities. Fox News focused on the miracles of Christians "stopping waves in the name of Jesus", and the attacks of the liberal media (anyone who isn't news corps) on the US president for his inaction, not the actual disaster.

To the right-wingers above...
Fox News is a joke to the rest of the world and half of your own country (even the intelligent right-wingers). Deal with the fact it's crap, learn to read good books from all of the political and historical perspective and form some well founded opinions; be they left right or independent. Your better than this vile Fox News Fantasy.

Fri Jan 14 2005 4:51 AM

Johan of the blue-yellow Neutrals:

'Fox anchor John Gibson asked a guest why US taxpayers should be expected to "rebuild hotels . . so Swedes can go on vacation in Phuket again".'

From time to time there is a quote that just make you instinctly hate someone, and i must say.. that is one of them. Total ignorance of the true problem.

And those who forgot, the problem was the disaster and nothing else.

Mon Jan 31 2005 3:24 PM

dan dan the ladies man:

yea u guys are real cool but i have to agree with mike cuz he's a g for real

Fri Feb 11 2005 10:26 AM

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