From Associated Press:
By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK — On a winter day when bomb blasts at an Iraqi university killed dozens and the United Nations estimated that 34,000 civilians in Iraq had died in 2006, MSNBC spent nearly nine minutes on the stories during the 1 p.m. hour.
A CNN correspondent in Iraq did a three-minute report about the bombings.
Neither story merited a mention on Fox News Channel that hour.
That wasn’t unusual.
Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The difference was more stark during daytime news hours than in prime-time opinion shows.
The Iraq war occupied 20 percent of CNN’s daytime news hole and 18 percent of MSNBC’s.
On Fox, the war was talked about only 6 percent of the time.
The independent think tank’s report freshens a debate over whether ideology drives news agendas, and it comes at a delicate time for Fox.
Top Democratic presidential candidates have refused to appear at debates sponsored by Fox.
Liberals find attacking Fox is a way to fire up their base.
“It illustrates the danger of cheerleading for one particular point or another because they were obviously cheerleaders for the war,” said Jon Klein, CNN U.S. president.
“When the war went badly they had to dial back coverage because it didn’t fit their preconceived story lines.”
The weekly Fox network television series entitled 24 is an extreme example of this genre. Its propaganda value is revealed in story lines that promote racist stereotypes of Arab Americans and other ethnic groups. Even more politically insidious, this year’s season is replete with scenes of torture administered to various suspected terrorists or their associates by US government operatives: here.
Fox against feminism: here.