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Nervous Murdoch struggles to name one Democrat at Fox News

Raw Story- By David Edwards and Sahil Kapur
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 — 11:59 am

Rupert Murdoch insists that his network is “fair and balanced,” but he was stumped when asked which of its employees offer credibility to that claim.

During a recent appearance at a George Washington University forum, the Chairman and CEO of Fox News’ parent company found it no easy task to fend off questions about the channel’s predominantly conservative roster.

“Our news shows, our politics, or whatever — you know, we have Democrats and Republicans and libertarians, whatever,” Murdoch said. The other networks “tend to be Democrats,” he added. “Let’s be honest about it.”

One member of the audience took him up on the claim that Fox News employs Democrats. “If so, who would that be?” he asked.

A visibly nervous Murdoch folded his hands and froze for a few seconds. “I could give you a couple of names but they’re certainly there,” he responded. “Uh, if Roger [Ailes] were here he’d certainly spit them out very quickly. I think probably every night Greta Van Susteren is certainly close to the Democratic Party.”

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Mom: Son who threatened Pelosi got radical ideas from Fox News

By Raw Story
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 — 9:55 am

It may not be a story you’ll hear about if you watch America’s “fair and balanced” news network.

In an interview on a California ABC News affiliate, the mother of a man arrested for threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blamed Fox News for exacerbating her son’s mental illness, saying it encouraged his behavior.

“Greg frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family, which gets him into problems,” the 83-year-old mother of the accused man, Eleanor Giusti, said. “I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that’s where he comes from.”

Gregory Giusti was arrested Wednesday after threating the House Speaker over healthcare legislation. The 48-year-old man has a history of run-ins with the law, and was arrested in 2004 for threatening a train conductor’s life after he was caught trying to evade the fare.

He’s also the subject of a lawsuit by a San Francisco church which alleges he has engaged in a “campaign of harassment” of church members, and has been convicted of petty theft and welfare fraud.

His mother told ABC her son has a history of mental illness, and didn’t think he’d actually carry out his threat.

This video is from KGO, broadcast April 7, 2010.

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