BBC Director General Greg Dyke singled out for criticism the fast growing News Corp’s Fox News Channel, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, and Clear Channel Communications, the largest operator of radio stations in the United States, with over 1,200 stations, for special criticism.
‘Personally, I was shocked while in the United States by how unquestioning the broadcast news media was during this war,’ Dyke said in a speech at a University of London conference on Thursday.
‘If Iraq proved anything, it was that the BBC cannot afford to mix patriotism and journalism. This is happening in the United States and if it continues, will undermine the credibility of the U.S. electronic news media.’
Dyke singled out Fox News, the most popular U.S. cable news network during the conflict, for its ‘gung-ho patriotism,’ saying: ‘We are still surprised when we see Fox News with such a committed political position.’
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