LA Times says Fox “shouldn’t call itself a news organization”

Fox Slammed by L.A. Times — ‘Shouldn’t Call Itself a News Organization’
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Posted on December 20, 2010, Printed on December 20, 2010

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times broke a taboo of sorts among mainstream news organizations by urging Fox News to “crack down on… partisanship in its news ranks” or “stop pretending to be an objective news source.”

The editorial was prompted by the leak of an internal Fox News memo ordering its “reporters” to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.” The memo was sent by Bill Sammon, Fox News’ Washington managing editor, in 2009 and released by Media Matters last week.

The Times noted that “such data aren’t in serious dispute among climate scientists.”

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