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Hijacking journalism

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:In recent weeks, many have argued Fox News is shilling for the Bush Republicans under the guise of fair and balanced journalism. Fox’s disappointing coverage of the Democratic convention couldn’t have proven the point any better.For instance, Fox News only showed the first 45 seconds of Al Gore’s speech before Bill O’Reilly interrupted to attack him. Fox did the same during speeches by Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy.A new study from watch group Media Matters for America finds Fox News covered far less of the convention than CNN or MSNBC. How they cover the Republican convention remains to be seen.Real journalism is too vital for democracy to let partisans hijack it. Whatever our political affiliation, we’ll have to go elsewhere for election coverage this fall.Michael MonroneyAspen


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