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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:25 AM

Report: Fox News producers told to avoid gun policy talk last weekend

Source: Salon.com

In the wake of the Newtown school shootings on Friday, Fox News producers were reportedly told to stay away from talk of gun control policy during their weekend coverage.

Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine reports that David Clark, an executive producer in charge of the weekend coverage, instructed producers to stay away from the topic — much to their chagrin. Sherman writes:

"This network is not going there," Clark wrote one producer on Saturday night, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange. The directive created a rift inside the network. According to a source, one political panelist e-mailed Clark that Bloomberg was booked on Meet the Press to talk about gun control. Clark responded, "We haven’t buried the children yet, we’re not discussing it." During the weekend, one frustrated producer went around Clark to lobby Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice-president for news editorial, but Clemente upheld the mandate. "We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control," the source said. Clark’s edict wasn’t universal: On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace talked with Democratic Senators Joe Lieberman and Dick Durbin about gun control, and later in the program, panelists Bill Kristol and Fortune editor Nina Easton weighed in on the issue.

Rupert Murdoch, on the other hand, made no secret of his views on gun control policy, tweeting several times about the tragedy in the last few days.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/17/report_fox_news_producers_told_to_avoid_gun_policy_talk_last_weekend/



Murdoch's tweets:

Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.

Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?

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meegbear Dec 2012 OP
Berlum Dec 2012 #1
Pholus Dec 2012 #2
bucolic_frolic Dec 2012 #3
cstanleytech Dec 2012 #4
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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:55 AM

1. Gutless Wonders (R)

The overpaid Republican Propaganda Pimps at Fox (R) got no guts, no class, and certainly nothing worthwhile to add to the public discussion.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:59 AM

2. More evidence that a crisis management team took over.

NRA goes dark.

Pro-gun senators refuse to do the sabbath gasbag shows about the shooting.

Fox execs write a memo to "don't talk about it."

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Just some manipulation of public sentiment. Some pollster has data that it's just better for this to go away. The easiest way to make it go away is to say nothing and wait for the holidays to pass and hope the news cycle buries this while talk radio rallies "the troops" with some discussion ending talking points.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:44 AM

3. Censorship and Propaganda

Fair and Balanced

Suppress the truth! That's the way to a great
news organization.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:05 AM

4. Might as well take the "News" out of "Fox News", oh wait I forgot they never have been a real news

channel and in fact werent they the channel that fought a case in court for the right to "LIE" to their viewers?

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:15 AM

5. Just another supporter of domestic terrorism. nt

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:16 AM

6. And who resigned in PROTEST?

***crickets***

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:37 AM

7. Is that a "bad thing"?

FOX is the Mis-information source in the history of Journalism, imho--I suggest it may be the best thing ever if they Do stay silent and let the rest of us work this out over coffee instead of watered down kool-aid.
We can definitely move forward without them and will reach our goals much sooner without the confusion FOX contributes.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 12:54 PM

8. Fucking cowards.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:39 PM

9. Even Murdoch and his pal Piers Morgan

*in reference to the tweet*
Representatives of the Right in Australia and Britain are screaming about this. Even the Conservative wingnut government here in Canada reaffirmed its commitment to our strict gun control laws. What does that tell you? That once proper gun control and bans against these assault weapons and handguns are in place....most EVERYONE will get behind it eventually.

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