THE MEMO….I shoulda paid more attention to former Fox News producer Charlie Reina’s letter to Romenesko yesterday. In order that you don’t make the same mistake, here’s the key paragraph:
But the roots of FNC’s day-to-day on-air bias are actual and direct. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered. To the newsroom personnel responsible for the channel’s daytime programming, The Memo is the bible. If, on any given day, you notice that the Fox anchors seem to be trying to drive a particular point home, you can bet The Memo is behind it.
If Howell Raines had done something like this at the New York Times, that memo would have been leaked to the outside world every single day and dissected within an inch of its life by the “liberal media” mafia. So how come nobody’s ever seen one of Fox’s memos before? There must be a few liberal moles toiling anonymously inside Fox News who can smuggle these things to the outside world, right?
Anyway, read Reina’s whole letter. And then go read Nick Confessore’s comparison of memos at Fox News to memos from the liberal media. Fair and balanced indeed.
UPDATE: Attention liberal moles at Fox News! Send a few of those daily memos my way, OK? My email address is right below my picture….