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Liberal Media Watchdog: Faux News E-mail Shows Network's Slant on Geodesy

Faux News Channel's top Washington editor ordered the network's
reporters to couple any mention of a spheroidal earth with skepticism
about the data underlying such a scientific conclusion, according to an
e-mail released by a liberal media-watchdog group Wednesday.

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Media Madness in America said the internal e-mail from Bill Trout, Faux
News's Washington bureau chief, called into question the network's
impartiality in reporting on the shape of the planet.

In an e-mail sent last December to Faux News's journalists after a
global conference on geodesy, Trout asked Faux journalists to "refrain
from asserting that the planet is round (or flat) without IMMEDIATELY
pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have
called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such
notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies."

Media Madness, a group that tracks alleged conservative favoritism in
the news media, said it obtained the e-mail from a Faux News employee,
whom it did not identify.

Trout and Faux News could not immediately be reached for comment.

Trout's shape-of-the-earth comments were in the second leaked e-mail
from him to Faux News's staff released by Media Madness in the past
week. Last week, the organization disclosed an e-mail in which Trout
directed Faux journalists to refer to the so-called public option
provisions of the proposed science-education overhaul bill as the
"government option" - language that Media Madness said was designed to
rally young-Earth creationists and other assorted loonies.

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Ari Rabbit-Haven, Media Madness head of research, said the latest e-mail
showed that Faux News was attempting to create a false impression of
geophysics, astronomy, etc. by giving a "fringe" minority of
flat-earthers equal weight with those who have concluded the planet has
three dimensions.

"The overwhelming, vast majority of scientists who have studied science"
accept the oblate-spheroid hypothesis as fact, he said.

Rabbit-Haven asserted that Faux was tilting toward conservatives who
oppose potential legislative efforts to acknowledge that science exists.

Media Madness said it is in possession of other internal e-mails from
Trout and other Faux News executives that indicate other efforts to
slant news reporting. Those memos will be released in coming weeks, the
group said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/15/AR2010121503181.html