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Fox News parent company gives $1 million to GOP group

Wichita-based Koch Industries also donates $1 million

August 17, 2010, 1:25 p.m. Updated August 18, 2010, 9:48 a.m.


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— The parent company of the Fox News Channel has donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association and helped the GOP group more than double its fundraising in the second quarter of the year.

The RGA helps elect Republican gubernatorial candidates. Government filings show that it raised more than $19 million during the second quarter, compared to more than $9 million in the first quarter.

The parent company of Fox News, News America Inc., is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate News Corp.

The RGA received $1 million from David Koch of Wichita-based Koch Industries. Koch is a longtime supporter of conservative causes.

The Democratic Governors Association reported raising $9 million in the second quarter.


anonyname 5 years, 3 months ago

Golly. Shocking. You mean they're not fair and balanced? Next thing I know, you'll be telling me Santa and the Tooth Fairy aren't real.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

not according to the bought and paid for Supreme Court of Bush the Younger.

It is wrong. Very wrong.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

Quit with the stupid "annointed one" thing, will ya? Elected by both popular and electoral vote. Period. But you wouldn't know, as you admit to only watching fox news. Your brain has turned to oatmeal. Sad.

George Soros gave Moveon a lot of money WAY back in 2003 and 2004. It was legal. He gave 2300 each to Hilary Cllinton and Obama in 2008. That was legal. And he is an individual. Not a supposedly "fair and balanced news" organization.

David Albertson 5 years, 3 months ago

It's corruption plain and simple. The common man is not being represented. The people/organizations that contribute the most money are the ones that get represented. We need to get the special interest money out of politics and put term limits on ALL politicians.

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

not quite sure anyone should be taking advice about reality from you. just saying.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 3 months ago

It's in violation of FOX News Corps own rules for dealing with political entities.

parrothead8 5 years, 3 months ago

So...anything legal is okay? Good to know.

guesswho 5 years, 3 months ago

Not to confuse free speech with paid speech, of course.....

conservative 5 years, 3 months ago

Omg and i'm sure ted turner has never made large donations to democrat candidates and groups. No news here

Ltown2Dtown 5 years, 3 months ago

Anonyname and Guesswho:

It's one news channel vs. the rest of the liberal media. My suggestion to both of you is as follows: 1) watch FNC and CNN 2) Come up with own ideas based on the biased news reported from both 3) Provide helpful, educational, or complimentary commentary. Generic political comments are overdone.

Ltown2Dtown 5 years, 3 months ago

I am basing my comment on the common knowledge that there is bias is all media, and that media tends to be more liberal than conservative. While you have Hannity, Beck, and O'Reilly on FNC. You have John Stewart, Colbert, Bill Maher, and Jame Carville. For argument sake, If you would like supporting documentation, then I found this with a quick search:

Kudos on having your inquiry put the proof on me. I could just as easily respond to you with "please prove my assertion is wrong."

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

why are you watching Stewart or Colbert for your serious news? Headscratcher.

MSNBC is the FNC of the left. Both are absolute garbage. CNN tends to be left, but a little less psycho about it. Fox claims to be fair and balanced, but is about as balanced as Tom's psychological health.

We need one that truly is balanced...provides NO bias, and contains NO bashing. Is that going to happen? No, but one can dream.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

Only person in a panic around here is you.

Jake Esau 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm a little amused the AP went out of their way to point out the affiliation with Fox News. Usually when I've seen stories like this it's something like ", the parent company of , did " instead of a headline like "Fox News parent company gives $1 million to GOP group"

Jaminrawk 5 years, 3 months ago

They can give the GOP as much money as they want. All it shows is that the whole "fair and balanced" thing is ridiculous but everyone knows that. If the tables were turned we'd have about 100 posts on here about the liberal media agenda.

Jaminrawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Tom, you're missing my point. I DON'T CARE that Fox News donated money to the GOP. I just find it hypocritical to parade around as a "fair and balanced" news network when they obviously support one particular party. It just backs up what everyone has said about their biases for years. That's all.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

Attempting to "balance" left-wing spin with right-wing spin is far from being "fair and balanced".

That would apply to a center of the road approach, or one which offers perspectives from different political groups.

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

man I wish there was one like that...I'd probably buy cable again just to watch it. Or at least tune in online :)

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

I have no idea if that's true or not - I don't watch cable news at all.

I simply responded to your faulty logic.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

And, calling the station a funny derogatory name does nothing to help your argument.

And, in fact, undermines it a bit.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

Tom. There is NO far left. ONLY everything (moderate conservatives, and the liberal left that isn't that far off center) that is to the left of you...and you're about to fall off the edge of the end of the spectrum. Quit being divisive. Quit adding to the problems instead of being part of the solution. We're way past 1958 or whatever past you live in. Come on along and join the present, and then we can work on making the future one worth looking forward to. Come on. Would ya?

And here's the spreadsheet.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

If you're only getting information from fox, you would laugh. Because you have NO information.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

Give it up. This man thinks Joseph McCarthy was a hero and got a raw deal.

dontcallmedan 5 years, 3 months ago

Paid for in part by Direct TV subscribers.

conservative 5 years, 3 months ago

Defender they can cut off corporate contributions just as soon as they cut off union contributions

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

although, would any politician know what to even say at that point? hmmm

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

Quit, Tom. Quit with the name calling. It does no good and much harm. Quit.

BigAl 5 years, 3 months ago

Is it legal? Yes. Fair and Balanced? No.

David Albertson 5 years, 3 months ago

I think he's doing fine considering the mess Bush left behind. I think everyone has had it up to their eyeballs with your idiotic posts.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

I've had it up to my eyeballs with Sean Hannity and Glen Beck. The only reason Beck doesn't call Obama a "n****r" is because of FTC rules. But keep lapping up your Kool Aid Tom.

BigAl 5 years, 3 months ago

Tom, I am not in a panic. In fact, I'm not surprised at all. FOX News is a right wing operation and they don't even try to hide it anymore. I just don't think they should be claiming to be "fair and balanced" when they so obviously are not.

They continue to promote hate, fear and division. And they have the right to do so.

David Albertson 5 years, 3 months ago

You better get used to Obama. The minorities have seen what happens when they show up at the polls and flex their political muscle. The GOP can't opress them any more. What do you think this Arizona law is doing to the hispanic vote? It surely isn't getting them to vote GOP is it? And that's a key voting block, ask any politician. What do you think all the bad talk about the first African American President is doing to the black vote? They won't be voting GOP either. Hell, the GOP is even splitting in two (remember the Tea Party?). The GOP will win seats this year, it's the natural political cylce at work. But, in the long term, the GOP has some serious problems. Rural white voters are not the majority anymore. All the minority groups combined are the new majority, and they lean pretty hard towards the Dems. The modern day GOP has some serious problems getting minority support. That's the reality of the situation. You don't hear that on Faux News do you Tom? You better savor this years midterms, it's pretty bleak after that.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

bartstop (anonymous) replies…

"The minorities have seen what happens when they show up at the polls and flex their political muscle."

Um - you do understand what the word "minorities" means, don't you? Pretty much by definition, bart, they can't carry an election on their own.

And, um, can you read the polls?

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

Well, if you had two groups of 30% voters each and they combined their votes, they'd have 60% total.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

You mean like Republicans and Independents? :)

BigAl 5 years, 3 months ago

Tom, I actually think this is kind of funny. I absolutely don't have a problem with FOX making this donation. Good for them. I would just like for them to 'man-up' and admit to not being fair and balanced.

I think you need to lighten' up a bit. You seem to be a little over excited about this.

Remember, we are all in this together.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, they have "manned up". Fox News (what a misnomer) admitted that they were an "entertainment" channel and not a "news" channel. However they continue to be misleading, calling themselves "Fox News" and "fair and balanced". They still continue to have a seat with the White House Press Corps as well. I'm truly scratching my head over this.

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

heck half of the people on fox have admitted to not giving a hoot about the politics part, only their ratings and, yeah. lame.

I just pity the people who fall for it.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! (channeling Gomer Pyle)

Kirk Larson 5 years, 3 months ago

Still funny.

F=6th letter of the alphabet O=15th letter, 1+5=6 X=24th letter, 2+4=6 FOX=666, network of the beast!

Gene Wallace 5 years, 3 months ago

The translation of the Hebrew into Greek, then into English for the KJV was wrong. The actual number from the Hebrew is "616". CCG! (Cheshire Cat Grin)

Kirk Larson 5 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, I know. But I showed that once to a god whaloping conservative FOX watcher. She freaked because she thought there might be something to it. The antichrist trying to reach her through Bill O'Reily or something.

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

correction: O'Reilly might actually be the antichrist.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

Numerology is fun!

This is not news, nor is it surprising. Hell, the only thing that I would consider surprising is if rational people actually thought Fox was either fair or balanced, much less both at the same time.

mbulicz 5 years, 3 months ago

No matter if a company with another political affiliation did this - I would still stand and say this is by far the biggest blatant grab by corporate America to own the government.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

"Again, I refer you to the volumes of drivel that came out of the mouths and off the pages of the corrupt, Obama-worshiping, incompetent, willfully dishonest lamestream media. . . . Ten million---a hundred million----a billion could never challenge the damage they did to the US by insuring an Obama presidency. Looking at what Obama, Pelosi and Reid have done to America makes a million dollars seem beyond paltry---and that's a hugely vast understatement."

No simmering psychosis there, that's for sure.

Projection is an ugly thing.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 3 months ago

You're the one with spittle flying, TomShrewman. You're the most unhinged poster I see here. And anyone who watches FOX for the least amount of time knows they are partisan hacks. Any network that has to insist it is "Fair and Balanced" is like a newspaper that has to call itself Pravda (i.e. Truth).

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

dude, you are seriously the ONLY one here getting worked up about this.

bookemdano 5 years, 3 months ago

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overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

Yeo, here comes a good ole right wing fascism right atcha! You're gonna LOVE what happens to you 'freedoms' then.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 3 months ago

Ah, "The Annoying One" speaks his...err...mind.

May God Bless the two words you'd like to say and the anger from which they derive.

rabb 5 years, 3 months ago

At the time of this post, 80 comments on the story. Fifteen of them are from Tom Shewmon. That's almost 20% for you math majors.


jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, you can, if you want to.

But you clearly don't want to - for some reason you get a tremendous charge out of despising groups of people.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

shame on you. we're all in this together, we've got to work together, and you proudly display your hatred. Divisive...laugh all you want, but its comin' from your ilk, not mine.

whynaut 5 years, 3 months ago

your publicly despised voice comes from the effort of liberals

Chris Golledge 5 years, 3 months ago

I guess I have no problem with private money going to whatever cause the individual would want to support. But if I were a shareholder of a public company, and members of the board were using corporate money for their private interests, I'd be going, "Hey, wth are you doing with my money?!"

(Money spent on this would be money not spent on dividends or re-invested in the company itself.)

I don't directly own any of this company; so, I guess I don't care other than the bit about don't try to tell me you are unbiased and then spend more on one party than you do another. But then, I've already given up on Fox and CNN both.

whynaut 5 years, 3 months ago

Sweet. You were able to stir up controversy, once again. Reaction accomplished. Rest easy now dear Tom, and stir some more controversy tomorrow, once again.

Forget that your words show up in the "paper". Forget that we come to the "paper" for news. Forget those who tried, but now who refuse to throw any cents at ridiculous views.

Forget a success rate of zero percent, For all of the minds unsuccessfully bent. In search of replies, did you ever realize, there's a mountain of time better spent?

View the whole world through any lens that you choose, but through what holy lens should the world view you?

whats_going_on 5 years, 3 months ago

The big problem with Tom, and a lot of this country, honestly, is that when they get this idea in their head that something is upsetting the "lefties" (even when it really isn't, like with this one didn't see this coming in the first place) they get extremely excited and absolutely overjoyed about it. Is that mature? Is that the example we should be setting? I seriously pity people with this mindset. How far removed from reality do you have to be to think like this as an adult?

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

poor tom-tom.....everyone else know that fox news digest is 100% G.O.P. cheerleading squad.... even though they are 'fair and balanced'.... what a joke.

and all he can muster is a feeble: "is it legal?"

legally, Obama is right_thinker's president. and Nancy Nancy Nancy is driving


notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

"legally, Obama is right_thinker's president. and Nancy Nancy Nancy is driving "

For now. Not much longer. Laugh while you can, puddles, it'll help get you through the upcoming tears.

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

no tears here homey, I can't wait for some tea baggers to get elected! this is going to be awesome. If someone would just run sarah Palin!

I am pretty sure that I am not going to win the bid for governor of Kansas, since I still haven't collected any money yet.....

maybe I would rather have Palin than brownb ack...twould be more funner.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

And just think, puddles - soon, legally, Brownback will be YOUR governor. And some Republican will be "driving" in congress.

Hey, that IS funny!

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

I wish crying would do some good, but it won't. In fact, i will most likely be laughing, along with the rest of the country at our new governor's great tenure.

what will be first? the re-engagement of no science books in school policy OR the lifetime ban on Non-catholics? I can't wait. I may go over to topeka, just to get some Grover's cuz it tastes so good. mmmmm

IDfend4U 5 years, 3 months ago

Why in the world is it okay for President Obama to help fundraise for the Dem. while in office and supposed to be on duty for our Nation, but not for a news channel to donate money? They are not using our tax dollars to do it at least!

sciencegeek 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh, puh-LEEZ!!!!!!

The reason it's a problem is because it is a NEWS channel! Polls have shown that Fox "News" is cited as the #1 source of news for much of the country, and well over half of Kansans. If the say they're an "entertainment" channel, they don't say it loud or often enough to get that idea across to most of the nation.

He who controls information controls the country, and the guy with the money controls the information. Period. And in this country, his name is Murdoch.

As to Shewmon---his rabid rants make the opposite case quite well.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Except it's not the "news channel" that made the donation, it was their parent company, who owns a heck of a lot of other things besides Fox News.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Um, Jesse? Have you actually looked at what News Corporation owns? I posted some of their holdings in an earlier post.

CBS Corporation owns Westnghouse, Jesse. Are they just a television company?

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey, are you implying that American Idol isn't news, buddy? And I hope you weren't talking about the Speed channel ...


notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

I get my news from National Geographic. It's usually informative, accurate, and unbiased.

Timely, on the other hand ...

jaywalker 5 years, 3 months ago

Why exactly has this string blown up? Is this a surprise? Is it unprecedented? Is it illegal? Is soft money solely the purview of the right????

For the love........

mr_right_wing 5 years, 3 months ago

Fair and balanced.

Although I have a feeling they have a pretty strict 'dress code'; no female on-air talent can wear pants or a skirt that is longer than 5 inches above the knee.

They report. You decide.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

I guess I can understand why the Democrats are so upset, what with their poll numbers already plummeting faster than a leftover piece of Skylab. What I don't understand is why it's such a 'big' deal. Heck, when you consider how much our current president spent to by all your votes a couple of years ago, we're not talking about a lot of money here.

Corey Williams 5 years, 3 months ago

"Fair and balanced"

How much money does NPR donate to politicians?

and it's "buy"

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Gee, thanks for correcting my typos, mcp; the batteries on my keyboard are dying, but I'll rush right out and get new ones this morning so you won't be inconvenienced.

Um, just a question, mcp - did you get all your news from Fox, and trust everything they said before this happened? If not, then what the heck are you whining about?

Corey Williams 5 years, 3 months ago

well, nuta, imagine if CNN gave almost a million to the democratic side. Wouldn't, actually...I don't think you have the intelligence to get upset.

Wow, your keyboard takes batteries? Or was it your own incompetence?

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Um, yes, footie, my keyboard takes batteries. See, there's this absolutely amazing new technology that involves keyboards and mice that are cordless! Unfortunately, footie, being electrical components, they still require a source of power, so yes, they have batteries! Imagine that!

Of course, someone who thinks the primary purpose of a computer is to get a higher score than their online friends in the latest Spongebob game probably requires a corded keyboard, so you wouldn't be interested. That's because when the range is too great, or those batteries get low, footie, there is sometimes a lag, or the occasional dropped keystroke. And the spell-checker really doesn't give a fig whether I meant to say "buy" or "by". But I should probably point this out, footie: "and it's "buy"" should start with a capital letter, and probably have some kind of punctuation at the end. We wouldn't want anyone to think you were incompetent, after all.

Well, actually, footie, I wouldn't be upset at all if CNN gave money to the Democrats. Nor would I be surprised. Or was it your contention that CNN is unbiased? Your posts tend to give the impression that you didn't believe Fox to be "fair and balanced", footie, which was the point (if you were capable of understanding one) - why would YOU be upset to find out something you already believed?

Oh, and one more thing, footie: "Intelligence" has nothing to do with being "upset". The former generally deals with rational thought, while the latter refers to an emotional state. I.e., there's a difference between thinking and feeling. But I'm sure you already knew that, given your renowned 'intelligence'.

independant1 5 years, 3 months ago

Union political action committees shelled out $11 million to lawmakers during the first six months of this year. Ranking second were health care interests, which gave $9.5 million from Jan. 1 through June 30, according to a CQ MoneyLine analysis of the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). 2009

(In "the bill we had to pass so we could find out what's in it" Unions got exempted from tax on healthcare benefits right?)

BrianR 5 years, 3 months ago

Would someone please cite an O'Reilly poll and end this senseless bickering.

BC_Buff 5 years, 3 months ago

Why is this a news story to begin with? The money didn't come from Fox News or even Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, but another company in Wichita that has always been a strong donor to conservative causes.

Comments about the inflammatory nature of the headline should be driving this discussion. The content of this article is ridiculously non-starting.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

About time someone mentioned that.

Fox's parent company also owns 20th Century Fox Studios, the Speed and National Geographic cable channels, Harper-Collins books, American Idol, hulu, Myspace, and the National Rugby League, among many other holdings. It's a business, the purpose of which is to make money for its shareholders, and as such it has the same right to a voice in who the policy makers are that affect that business as any other corporation.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago


Although I wonder if we shouldn't simply eliminate all monetary donations, including those of individuals, and provide free and equal airtime to candidates.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Suppose you open a business, say a restaurant or retail operation, and you want to expand with a new store in another state. For that matter, let's say you own a service-oriented business, such as a lawn service or construction business, and your employees cross the state line to perform their operations. You can still only vote here. Should you have no say on matters such as how your business is taxed, how it's regulated, etc.?

Like it or not, corporations are treated as entities, they can be taxed (separately from and in addition to the owners of the business), they can be held criminally and civilly liable. Why should they not have any voice in who makes those decisions?

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Or you could have faith in the electorate.

If everyone is so gullible as to be swayed by money spent on an election, what does that say about the results of our last presidential election, in light of the unbelievable amount the winner spent?

Besides, it will never be equal as far as campaign contributions go. The maximum amount an individual can contribute to all candidates, parties, and PACs is $115,500 every two years. I don't know about you, but I can't afford to give that much.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

That's why removing all of the influence of money would be better.

It's pretty well documented that the candidate who spends the most money almost always wins.

And, it's not just that they spend money on the campaign - once elected, politicians are then beholden to their contributors, especially the big money ones.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

While I agree in principle, how do you plan to address the problem of having interests governed by some authority in a jurisdiction where you can not vote? It doesn't have to be a business with branches or operations in another state, jafs. What if you own a vacation home in Lake of the Ozarks? What if it's just a time share, or your parents willed their house in another state (or even town) to you? What if you have a pension vested with a state agency in another state? You can only vote in one place. Without being able to spend your money to voice your opinion in one of those other places, you have no say in how those concerns are taxed, regulated, or even confiscated.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure.

But if the government, overall, were operating without the influence of the vast amounts of money it has today, all of it's decisions would probably be better.

Even the ones made without your specific vote.

But I understand what you're saying.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

"once elected, politicians are then beholden to their contributors, especially the big money ones"

Term limits.

And the limit is one.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

But companies also have more concerns that are regulated or controlled or taxed by the government. To you or I, who cares who gets elected as the mayor of Detroit or the governor of Michigan? To Ford or GM, those are legitimate concerns. To a large financial concern, healthcare conglomerate, or multinational energy company, the balance of power in the federal (and to a large degree the states') government has a huge impact on their bottom line - and while it's easy to say "scr*w 'em", that bottom line translates into the pensions and 401K's of millions of regular Americans, not to mention the welfare of thousands of employees, their families, and even whole communities.If a Kansas corporation faces the possibility of Delaware changing it's tax policy, which might result in the closing or relocation of that corporation's operations in Delaware, shouldn't the corporation have a voice?

wmathews 5 years, 3 months ago

Untrue. News America, Inc. and Koch Industries are two separate donors in the amount of $1 million. I've added the IRS document to the story, but you can download it here, too:

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

ivalueamerica 5 years, 3 months ago

If anyone bothers to read Tom Shewmons comments, he is clear.

He considers this an infraction.

He has listed a dozen examples of what he considers partisonship in the media and finds it reprehensible, so clearly he is denouncing Fox News.

That is, if he had any morals or values.

However, he does not, he only has sides. If it is done by the left, it is bad, no matter what the facts or issues involved. If it is done by the right, it is good, no matter the facts or issues involved.

People without morals can not be trusted in a discussion because they are fanatics working on faith, not logical moral beings working on facts and values.

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

Fox doesn't normally give money to the GOP? I guess I've always assumed that they did seeing that Fox is the media wing for Republicans and Koch is the corporate benefactor for the GOP Tea Party stunts.

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

Good one.

At the top of every hour, Fox should begin with "We're Fox and the GOP has approved this message."

phoggyjay 5 years, 3 months ago

What the (insert expletive here) is TomShewmon on?

Lame arse!

kernal 5 years, 3 months ago

Seriously, people, the GOP does need help-big time! They chose Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate, loosing him the election, and ever since then they've been acting like they're drinking bad acid Kool Aid. The GOP needs rehab.

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

"Seriously, people, the GOP does need help-big time!"

Can you read a poll?

independant1 5 years, 3 months ago

Corp special interests and Corps. in general usually hedge their bets and donate to both. Then there are individual donors. 2008 pres. election fundraising? McCain raised $368m Obama raised $745m. McCain had $35m leftover, Obama only $15m left in bank.

Much ado 'bout a whole lotta cash.

Politicking is big bidness.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 3 months ago

Scott Norvell, the London bureau chief for Fox News, stated in a May 20, 2005 interview with the Wall Street Journal that "Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly. .... Fox News is, after all, a private channel and our presenters are quite open about where they stand on particular stories. That's our appeal.

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