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Relicsjoe
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ReganFan
Pro (for)
Winning
79 Points

Fox News...... unfair and biased

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/30/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Relicsjoe

Con

Is it me, or is Fox News the most unfair and biased "news" organization that has ever existed ? How do they get away with so much dis-information......It kind of sickens me to see how they are dividing the country with nonsensical statements, justified by their so - called talk shows like Hannity....... It's un-American... what ever happened to the truth and verifiable facts !
ReganFan

Pro

Before I begin my debate I would like to point out that my opponent has failed to understand their position on this debate, they are con in the debate "Fox News....... unfair and biased" yet the state in R1 "Is it me, or is Fox News the most unfair and biased "news" organization that has ever existed ?" and so I shall assume the position of con for the purposes of a constructive debate.

Now I shall affirm that all news outlet have a certain degree of bias. In R1 my opponent stated "Fox News the most unfair and biased 'news' organization that has ever existed" but seeing as my opponent has made a statement and made no arguments for me to counter argue I shall instead use this debate round to showcase the bias in other news networks besides Fox News.

Thank You.

Thank You.
ABC: Video 1
CNN: Video 2
MSNBC: Video 3
Debate Round No. 1
Relicsjoe

Con

The point I am making is that while certain networks will favor a specific party as mentioned by my opponent, the degree to which Fox News does this with does-information and other questionable tactics is unacceptable and borders on the unethical.
Case in point is the Hannity broad cast of June 4, 2009

Hannity crops clip to claim Obama "decided to give 9-11 sympathizers a voice" in Cairo speech
June 04, 2009 10:35 pm ET

SUMMARY: Sean Hannity edited a clip of President Obama's speech in Cairo to claim that Obama "decided to give 9-11 sympathizers a voice on the world stage." In fact, the context of Obama's words makes clear that Obama was condemning those who would "justify the events of 9-11."

http://mediamatters.org...

I see no evidence that the news organizations mentioned by my opponent have been cited for manipulating video clips etc. as what has been proven in the above example with Hannity.
ReganFan

Pro

Sean Hannity is not a news caster, he is a commentator, there is a big difference.

Commentator: a person who comments; especially someone who is paid to give one's opinions in the media about current affairs, sports, etc[1]

Newscaster: someone who broadcasts the news[2]

Seeing as he is a commentator and not a newscaster he can be however bias he wants. Fox News has never claimed that Hannity was a news show, they claim there news hours run from 9 am to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm, and seeing as Hannity does come on during this period of time they acknowledge he is not a news show.[3]

[1]http://www.google.ca...
[2]http://www.google.ca...
[3]http://www.nytimes.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Relicsjoe

Con

Sean Hannity, in his role as commentator represents the Fox Network, the same as a CIO or executive of a corporation. The fact that he is allowed by the Fox Network to manipulate video and voice his opinion citing incorrect facts and dis-information proves my point that the Fox Network is unfair and biased in the extreme sense. You may recall that Dan Rather was pushed out after he utilized dis-information in his commentary / report.
A commentary which reaches millions of people and ultimately can convince many of their viewers of their particular point of view, should provide honest and factual information. While BIAS does not typically contain any earthshaking revelations, it systematically and irrefutably lays out its case, point by point as it's goal is to convince it's viewers of the commentators position. The particular format used by Hannity closely resembles that of the news broadcast and many viewers are convinced that since the commentary is on a national news network, then it must be factual. A distortion of the facts in a commentary is close a distortion of the news. Again, by the mere fact that this practice is condoned by Fox News serves to proves my point.
ReganFan

Pro

I would like to point out that the only evidence that my opponent has pointed to is one story perpetrated by one commentator on Fox News. Even if Sean Hannity is bias and unfair in his commentary that doesn't necessarily mean that Fox News as a whole is a bias news network.

Thank you to both my opponent and the readers.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by drkcloud123 7 years ago
drkcloud123
surprised you didnt bring up o'reily instead, hes a much bigger target considering that he does both commenting and newscasting(to my knowledge?)
Posted by drkcloud123 7 years ago
drkcloud123
looks like someone hit debate.org right after watching outfoxed -_-'
Posted by TOMlive 7 years ago
TOMlive
hello all main stream media lies. wake up the only truth you will find is if you research it yourself
Posted by abard124 7 years ago
abard124
I hate fox news... They are unfair and biased.
I love MSNBC... It is also unfair and biased.
We have that silly little free press thing... With free press we get great things like news, but also Glenn Beck.
Posted by RoyLatham 7 years ago
RoyLatham
Con did not make a prima facia, giving no evidence that Fox News is characteristically unfair or biased. Pro did not need to do more than point out that Con (who actually was Pro the resolution) failed to meet the burden of proof. ReganFan wins easily.
Posted by Relicsjoe 7 years ago
Relicsjoe
Hello, I am con ( against ) Fox News and how they operate..... but, just as an FYI I am also a huge Reagan fan...
Posted by ReganFan 7 years ago
ReganFan
are you pro or con?
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