Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON, DC ? Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid will attend the annual stockholders’ meeting of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation today at the Asia Society Museum at 10:00 a.m. in New York City in order to question the media mogul about a wide range of media-related issues.  AIM is a shareholder in News Corporation. The questions that Kincaid will ask Murdoch and News Corp. executives include:

Bill O’Reilly has acknowledged on the air that Fox News received a set of the controversial emails sent by former Rep. Mark Foley to a 16-year-old male former congressional page but didn’t do a story about them. Why?

New York magazine calls Rupert Murdoch a friend of Bill Clinton and Hillary. Rupert Murdoch told Time magazine that he is someone “reputed to be more conservative than I really am?” On what issues do you have liberal views?

Rupert Murdoch has been critical of the anti-American slant of the foreign media. So why does BSkyB air Al-Jazeera? And why is it going to air Al-Jazeera International?

Will any of News Corporation’s other media properties, such as DirecTV, air Al-Jazeera International?

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a significant number of voting shares in the company and says he is prepared to raise his stake. He claims that he forced Fox News to eliminate on-air references to the Muslim role in the riots in France by speaking directly to News Corporation chairman Murdoch. Was such a call made and what did Alwaleed say?

BSkyB carries Channel 4 in Britain, which aired “Death of a President,” about the assassination of President Bush. The film was widely criticized for being not only tasteless and irresponsible but as incitement of violence against the President. Why did BSkyB air the film?

The full list of 27 questions can be viewed online at http://www.aim.org/static/4952_0_7_0_C/.

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To schedule an interview with AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid, contact Sarah Schaerr Norton at (202) 364-4401 ext. 107 or Carisa E. Bergen at (202) 364-4401 ext. 110.




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