An article currently appearing on Fox 19 in Cincinnati asks if the media is fairly covering the Ruppert Murdoch hacking scandal. After giving a vague background on the story, they go to their analysis:
In the great scheme of things,"News of the World" is pretty immaterial to News Corp.'s earnings, in the one percent range. As one analyst said "whatever happens there is a flea on the back of an elephant,"
Where that flea becomes a bigger problem, when media entities like Fox news, which are owned by News Corp, barely cover the scandal.
The left leaning site Media Matters tracked the number of times the three cable networks covered the scandal between July 4th and July 17. This was when the scandal first broke.
CNN covered it the most, 107 times. Compare that to Fox news which ran only 30 stories.
CNN may have smelled blood, but consider this, Media Matters also points out that when CNN host Piers Morgan became investigated for the same claims of allowing journalists to hack voice-mails, when he used to work for the "Daily Mirror" another tabloid in London which is owned by News Corp., CNN ran zero, no stories on that, at all.
Channel 19 refers to this as a reality check, but the reality is that they have experienced a lack of full disclosure. No where on the page does it mention that Fox 19 is an affiliate of Fox news, which is owned by Ruppert Murdoch. Sure most people already know this, but by journalistic standards, it is still appropriate to disclose any such relationship. Of course journalism and Fox are two terms in constant struggle with one another.
And that is my Reality check!