Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Media Matters: Fox Gave More Airtime To Supporters Than Opponents Of King Hearings

Media Matters examined the coverage Fox gave to supporters and opponents of Rep. Peter King’s controversial hearings on Muslim-American radicalization. The findings:

During that period, Fox gave supporters of King's hearings at least 1 hour and 35 minutes of airtime while giving opponents of the hearings at least 29 minutes and 44 seconds of airtime. Guests expressing no clear position during discussions of the hearings were labeled as "neutral."

Guests expressing support for King's hearings outnumbered those opposing the hearings 28 to eight. Three guests expressed no clear opinion during discussion of the hearings.

Charts show the stark difference in both airtime and number of guests. Cleary Fox, the “fair and balanced” station, was much more generous toward King's supporters:

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