Fox News to Be Pool at Democratic Convention?

by: Matt Stoller

Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 11:49

There's so much wrong with this it's hard to begin.

TVNewser has learned Fox News will be the pool for the Democratic National Convention in Denver beginning August 25, 2008. And NBC News will be the pool for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis the following Monday, September 1.

The pool provides camera shots inside the convention halls and can be used by any cooperating (read: paying) entity. A network insider tells TVNewser it's really as simple as drawing straws about which network will be the pool for a certain event. Since NBC and FNC will be pool for the conventions, the other networks will likely be the pool for other events, including next fall's debates.

Fox News is not a legitimate news outlet, but a partisan outlet pushing out GOP propaganda.  Why in the world would this channel be allowed to control the camera shots inside the hall? 

Howard Dean should step in here.

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Why does FoXNews Keep popping up at Democratic Events? (0.00 / 0)
Who is doing this in the background?  Strong arm tactics must be being used.

This one is really nuts.  The convention presents the Democratic candidate to the country.  This is not a do over possibility.  They are trying to wear us down in this battle.  But this is one of the key events for Democrats.  Having FoxNews do this is insane.

What's with Obama giving FoxNews interviews again?

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Incredible (0.00 / 0)
One would think that the dems should be able to provide their own feed to the networks.

Nevertheless - having watched CNN fawning over Bush and Patraeus last night I must say that to me all of the networks are equally in Bush's pocket. They differ only in inconsequential window dressing. I honestly must admit that I cringe equally watching NBC with pop-eyed Russert as their front-man/carnival barker as I do watching Cavuto or Wallace.
PBS' Charlie Rose is about the dumbest stuffed shirt I've ever seen on ANY network. So - Fox? Who cares?

Because (4.00 / 2)
The large idiot wing of the Democratic Party just can't give up its faith-based conviction that if we're just really really nice to Fox, they'll be nice us us. Isn't that the way the world works? It did at Dartmouth.

Why any of them? (0.00 / 0)
Why not PBS or CSPAN? They're as close to news as we have on TV anymore. They're the ones that should be supported.

It's up to us! (4.00 / 1)
The networks will not be the only groups there to cover the DNC, or the RNC.  The UpTake plans on being front and center, and we will be a video outlet to help show the truth of the conventions.

Here is our interview with Jason Rosenberg talking about citizen journalist access to the DNC.

If FOX News plans to control video feeds at Democratic National Convention.  Is the real story going to be seen? Help us put our own cameras there so it will be!.

Why let Fox control things, it's up to all of us and we have the power to do it right.

-jason The UpTake

Enough Already (0.00 / 0)
Is the real story gonna be seen? All this anti-Fox stuff is getting to be a little over-the-top.

99% of the people on NBC show a clear disdain for Bush and Republicans, but you don't here the Republicans complaining about allowing NBC to cover there debate.

The whole Fox News boogie man thing is starting to make Democrats just look silly.

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Fox news will not control feeds (0.00 / 0)
The pool provides the head shots of the speaker and other common shots. Each network also has its own cameras, and each network decides which shots to use and when. This is not a big issue.


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Very true (0.00 / 0)
And, despite the gut reaction and my own lack of trust when it comes to FNC, technically the feed is not a huge deal.

What is a big deal is that we, "We" being the netroots and the citizens of this country attempt to be cover this event with as much video as the traditional networks will provide.

I personally think that we can make a more powerful, more interesting and more authentic product than most any 'talking head' and I look forward to giving it a go.

If FNC attempts to play tricks and plays with this feed (which would not be easy to do, but hey - they're Fox), it will not be the only reliable source of video for this convention.

-jason The UpTake

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Wow (0.00 / 0)
Just, wow. The conventions are often all about image and we want to let FNC be in control of what 'images' everyone gets to choose from?

We should all ActBlue.

Pool provides only basic coverage (0.00 / 0)
It's just not true that FNC will be in control of what 'images' everyone gets to choose from? The pool provides basic shots, like standard shots of the speaker, when it makes no sense to have 5 different networks all training s static camera on the same thing. (Not to mention there is just no room on the camera stands for all the networks). Each network has plenty of its own cameras also, and each network does its own production, deciding which image to use (pool or its own), and when. The pool provides no graphics, no commentary, no production. This is not a big issue.


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That's true, but... (0.00 / 0)
Fox News may be a mouthpiece for the GOP, but NBC is clearly a mouthpiece for the left so it pretty much evens things out.

If the Republicans are willing to allow NBC to cover there convention, its only fair that FNC get to cover the Dems.

Couldn't disagree enough (0.00 / 0)
Aside from the fact that you sound like a troll - I don't mean that as a slur, I mean that you're peddling centrist CW on a blog whosed stated aim is to move America to the left - I have to disagree on two points:

1) NBC is not remotely a mouthpiece for the left. For the centre, perhaps, but they are not a progressive outlet.
2) What the hell does fair have to do with it? What is this, a joust? The aim is to win, not to show how honourable you are. So giving image control to an organisation that is virulently opposed to you and is prepared to manipulate said images to paint you in a bad light is moronic. And for the record, I don't see NBC as being likely to have the chops to try to pull the same kind of stunt on the Republicans.

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Dean should step in and do what? (4.00 / 1)
There is NOTHING the DNC could do to stop this. Denying access to the designated pool is the same as telling all 5 networks to go home. It would be a massive mistake. Read the post - Fox drew the straw that had them covering the DNC.

And it's not like Shep Smith and Neil Cavuto are going to be dropping in comments on the pool feed. They simply provide the feed to all the other networks so everyone can cover the speech well.

I'm sure the DNC has their own cameras in the hall and would be happy to give that feed to the networks, but they would never take it, because that violates basic journalistic ethics.

I just don't believe (0.00 / 0)
That FoxNews got the Democratic Convention by drawing a straw. 
This is just too weird.

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FOX "news" (0.00 / 0)
DNC has to kill this in the bud.

There are too many mischief possibilites. Dirty tricks is what they do at FOX.

Howard Dean should inform the networks he will not allow FOX to pool. Besides there is no downside to Democrats shunning FOX. We saw this with the debates. What is FOX going to do? Trash Democrats 24/7? They are already doing that. Get other Murdoch organs like WSJ and NY Post to trash Democrats? Already happening. So there is absolutely no reason for Democrats not to challenge this.

FOX "news" (0.00 / 0)
"I'm sure the DNC has their own cameras in the hall and would be happy to give that feed to the networks, but they would never take it, because that violates basic journalistic ethics."

"Journalistic ethics" and FOX do not belong in the same sentence.

FOX is not in the business of journalism. They are in the business of GOP propaganda.

not fox's ethics... (0.00 / 0)
not fox's ethics - all the other networks who take the feed. in their eyes, a feed controlled by the dems (or repubs, or any news event sponsor for that matter) is biased.

If the DNC said fox can't be the pool, all the other networks would be forced to defend the pool - and that wouldn't help any of us.

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DNC does not have their own cameras in the hall (0.00 / 0)
Providing complete TV coverage is very expensive, its a news event, and the news organizations are responsible for providing the cameras.


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NBC (0.00 / 0)
"but NBC is clearly a mouthpiece for the left so it pretty much evens things out."

NBC, the network owned by General Electric, run by republican CEOs? Who on earth will believe you? Apart from idiots who watch FOX "news"?

First, learn how a press pool works (0.00 / 0)
Courtesy of 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:

The pool is there to provide standard shots - especially shots of the podium. There is no need, and actually no room on the camera stands, for each network to provide their own camera to give the same unmoving shot of the speaker. More importantly, each network provides its own cameras for its own shots, and each network does its own production, choosing when to use its own shots, and when to use the pool shots. Also, the pool does not provide any graphics, commentary, or anything close to any editorial discretion. There's really no way that Fox providing the pool coverage could affect how the convention is covered.

Howard Dean should step in here.

What for?  To do what?  As much as I support Howard, let's get real: There's nothing for him to do here.  He should get involved when there are genuine issues worth his time and attention.  Not picayune stuff like this. 

If you're really concerned, take it to Leah Daughtry.  She's the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee.


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