Fox News: Highly Opinionated (really)

[One for the “media literacy” file. -Thomas]

An Opinionated Network

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 14, 2005; 7:05 AM

In covering the Iraq war last year, 73 percent of the stories on Fox News included the opinions of the anchors and journalists reporting them, a new study says.

By contrast, 29 percent of the war reports on MSNBC and 2 percent of those on CNN included the journalists’ own views.

These findings — the figures were similar for coverage of other stories — “seem to challenge” Fox’s slogan of “we report, you decide,” says the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

In a 617-page report, the group also found that “Fox is more deeply sourced than its rivals,” while CNN is “the least transparent about its sources of the three cable channels, but more likely to present multiple points of view.”

The project defines opinion as views that are not attributed to others.

Full text at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A33008-2005Mar14?language=printer

Thomas Leavitt