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 Why in the world is Fixed Noise (a supposed "news" organization) electioneering for the GOP? Well, since an great majority of its viewers are Conservative and Conservative-leaning Independents still believe that the SCLM is so "Radical Leftist and in bed with Obama, so Fox News is telling the truth." Now, on top of this, they are fundraising for GOP elections while being paid employees of Fox News Channel.

 There are several documented examples of this: Dick Morris repeatedly touts his website to promote fundraising for Republicans, Sean Hannity has had a long history of active promotion of Conservative causes repeatedly on both his radio and television shows, Mike Huckabee overtly and repeatedly did so on his show, Huckabee, and other FNC shows, Sarah Palin's SarahPAC, and others. A REAL news organization would NOT tolerate such behavior-- at least not openly. Almost all of them would be fired and/or suspended if they did it at MSNBC or CNN.

 This is only the tip of the iceberg for its electioneering tactics. The FEC may have to step in eventually.

The Moody Memos: Fox News operates on the "honor system"
Fox News finds itself embroiled in an ethics firestorm for one simple reason: They don't appear to have any rules that actually regulate their employees' political conduct.

Back in 2004, then-Fox News VP John Moody reportedly circulated a policy "discourag[ing]," but not banning, employees from donating to political candidates

Fox News hosts and contributors continue to raise money for Republican candidates and causes using political action committees, 527 and 501(c)4 organizations.

Ed Schultz asks why Fox contributors and hosts are allowed to raise money for GOP

In yesterday's Media Matters press release, Fixed News promised to keep a tighter reign on its employees doing such nonsense, but John Stossel-- despite not being told to cancel his fundraising luncheon on June 4th, 2010, in Houston, Texas-- most likely will NOT be reprimanded for this. This is only an pretend illusion so FNC and FBN maintains a slight bit of integrity, which neither network has. First, Fox Noise has forgotten its "Zero Tolerance" policy on incorrect chyrons. Then, discouraging cheerleading for the Tea Parties, when clear-cut evidence shows that they did so intentionally to gin up the crowd. I predict Faux News will lie about their intentions (like always).

UPDATE (04.21.2010, 11:52AM CDT):
A new report on Fixed Noise's electioneering, via Media Matters.

In recent years, at least twenty Fox News personalities have endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or causes, or against Democratic candidates or causes, in more than 300 instances and in at least 49 states. Republican parties and officials have routinely touted these personalities' affiliations with Fox News to sell and promote their events.

Originally posted to JGibson on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM PDT.

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    •  FEC law and jurisdiction (1+ / 0-)
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      I know little about the FEC and the laws it enforces. Is there a specific law that would prohibit a Fox News cable TV host from being an active fund raiser for GOP candidates?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 11:08:20 PM PDT

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      •  I suppose Melothe would be the test? (2+ / 0-)
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        oxon, gravlax

        From Media Matters ...

        So the question must now be raised: Is Fox News' relentlessly one-sided coverage the equivalent of a massive campaign contribution to the GOP? And based on some recent regulatory language used by the FEC, the answer might just be "yes."

        The media matters piece then dissects how the FEC first dismissed earlier complaints about political advocacy brought by conservative groups - then contrasts that with how they handled Melothe's plea for a neutrality exception.

        Let's look at the case of the recent start-up company Melothe Inc., which petitioned the FEC for a press exemption. Melothe described itself as a Web-based TV station that would go inside the campaigns of Democratic candidates and provide Web video and programming that would be of special interest to Democrats and progressives.
        :: ::
        But Melothe did not qualify for the exemption, as explained in a November 13, 2008, memorandum, signed by FEC's general counsel. Even though the FEC and the courts have used a very liberal definition of "press entity" for the exemption, the Commission ruled that Melothe did not qualify because it would essentially be indistinguishable from the interests of its chosen candidates.

        The linked PDF includes some interesting language - which focuses on the money.

        The Commission concludes that Melothe, Inc.'s proposed activity is not encompassed by
        the press exemption. The facts presented indicate that Melothe, Inc. proposes to engage in
        activities that are not within the legitimate press function of a media entity

        So, what would those activities be then?

        Melothe, Inc.'s proposal, however, further indicates that Melothe, Inc. intends to engage in core campaign activities that are not legitimate press functions. Melothe, Inc envisions that program hosts, interviewers and news anchors will regularly solicit contributions, with links to the candidate's contribution page appearing on the screen during programming.

        As Media Matters opines, "Sounds familiar?"

        no remuneration was received by anyone for the writing of this message

        by ItsSimpleSimon on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 04:22:46 AM PDT

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  •  Glad to see (2+ / 0-)
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    Randall Sherman, gravlax

    you weren't deterred by your Kos welcome with your first diary.

    This is a very good second one.

  •  Didn't the Cheney/Bush regime (3+ / 0-)

    effectively bury the FEC?  By not naming anybody to it, they shut it down.

    If you want to kill something/somebody, starve it to death . . . or put an idiot in charge.

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