Fox News, fair ... and liberal?

Is Rupert Murdoch plotting to turn Fox News leftward? Right-wing media watchdog Cliff Kincaid thinks so.

Published October 20, 2006 6:31PM (EDT)

Much as we love the long-running tradition of "The Simpsons" shamelessly ripping off old "Twilight Zone" episodes for its Halloween episodes, we have to admit we're looking forward to this season's scary spectacular, at least part of which will, according to Radar, be based on the war in Iraq. Aliens Kang and Kodos, Radar reports, lead an invasion of Earth, designed to stop those rascally humans from building "weapons of mass destruction." Sadly, not everything turns out so well, and at least one alien will be heard to lament, "You said we would be greeted as liberators!"

Of course, not everyone is quite so excited. Cliff Kincaid, editor at right-wing media watchdog Accuracy in Media -- last seen writing that "if you are getting the idea that gay Republicans may be closeted Democrats, then you are beginning to understand how the Mark Foley scandal could have been a Democratic Party dirty trick" -- is concerned about a possible left turn by Rupert Murdoch, owner of the "fair and balanced" Fox News Channel. So, according to an AIM press release, he'll be at the News Corp. shareholder meeting held in New York today, asking Murdoch a list of 27 questions, including:

"Rupert Murdoch gave $500,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. What is the purpose of this contribution? And will you balance that with a contribution to a group critical of the man-made global warming theory?"

"The New York Times reported that your son James is 'steadfastly liberal' and that he 'has supported Bill Clinton and Al Gore whose daughter he befriended at Harvard.' How liberal is James Murdoch and what plans does he have for taking the company in a more leftward direction?"

"Fox News anchor Shepard Smith gave an interview to Playboy magazine and attacked the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Do you approve of Fox News anchors giving interviews to pornographic magazines and venting their personal views?"

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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