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Question about Fox News Channel

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That didn't last long, did it?

Since there is little evidence to suggest that you are interested in or capable of engaging in anything remotely resembling a mature and respectful discussion on topics of this nature, I suggest you google "fox news channel bias" in order to get to the bottom of this.

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MusicLover, while I understand that your original intentions seem to have been fair, it's just not the wisest topic to start. On a board with no moderators, discussions about politics can easily get out of hand. This only drives wedges between people, so regardless of the intentions behind threads, think carefully before starting them as to whether or not it's a good idea.

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Just to add a dollar (too long for a penny), how could it be wrong if a news channel prefers a certain political movement above other movements if said channel is one out of many?

It is an Urban Myth that journalism must be unbiased. It's an impossibility. Everyone, even journalists have their prefered political movements. And, even while being professional, will still lean towards writing/shooting an article/segment that fits into their own mind. It's usually in editting that certain parts are left out (space issue most of the time), and the reporter/editor will leave out all the stuff he doesn't care about or agrees or disagrees with (depending on the subject, time and possibly the desires of the editor-in-chief).

There are a few subjects that can be reported on unbiased though, but politics without bias or preferences?

I don't think it can be done. Journalism can't be absolutely neutral or unbiased in each separate segment, but with a balance between (par example) left and right wing segments in a single edition can still be considered unbiased as we get to see both sides (yet theres some caveats, as an overly right wing channel could of course edit the left wing segments in certain ways to defame the interviewed politicians/voters).

and last but not least: In a country with so many television channels, why complain about a single, biased channel? There's tons of other channels who offer an alternative view.

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Originally posted by Beechcraft Bonanza:

Just to add a dollar (too long for a penny), how could it be wrong if a news channel prefers a certain political movement above other movements if said channel is one out of many?

It is an Urban Myth that journalism must be unbiased. It's an impossibility. Everyone, even journalists have their prefered political movements. And, even while being professional, will still lean towards writing/shooting an article/segment that fits into their own mind. It's usually in editting that certain parts are left out (space issue most of the time), and the reporter/editor will leave out all the stuff he doesn't care about or agrees or disagrees with (depending on the subject, time and possibly the desires of the editor-in-chief).

There are a few subjects that can be reported on unbiased though, but politics without bias or preferences?

I don't think it can be done. Journalism can't be absolutely neutral or unbiased in each separate segment, but with a balance between (par example) left and right wing segments in a single edition can still be considered unbiased as we get to see both sides (yet theres some caveats, as an overly right wing channel could of course edit the left wing segments in certain ways to defame the interviewed politicians/voters).

and last but not least: In a country with so many television channels, why complain about a single, biased channel? There's tons of other channels who offer an alternative view.

Tell that to people obsessed with Fox News Channel. They believe it is solely responsible for "spreading Bush's lies to get us into Iraq". That's what this all comes down to.

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