For at least the second time in three days, Fox News aired on-screen text describing “tea party” protests that Fox News hosts will be attending as “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News has often described the protests as a response to President Obama's fiscal policies.
During the April 9 edition of Your World, for at least the second time in three days, Fox News aired on-screen text describing April 15 “tea party” protests that Fox News hosts will be attending as “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News has often described those protests primarily as a response to President Obama's fiscal policies. While airing the text, host Neil Cavuto stated that “we are genuine about being all over the country” at the protests, adding that “we think if you folks are making a big deal of it, you know what? It's a big deal, because you folks are a bigger deal.” Beck added: “We picked the Alamo for a reason. Stand. Stand.”
From the April 9 edition of Your World:
As Media Matters for America noted, while discussing the April 15 protests on his April 6 program, Beck suggested that viewers could "[c]elebrate with Fox News" by either attending a protest or watching it on Fox News. Beck stated that in addition to himself, hosts Cavuto, Greta Van Susteren, and Sean Hannity would be “live” at different protests. While Beck spoke, on-screen text labeled those protests as “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties”:
Earlier in the segment, Cavuto stated that “left-wing organizations like Media Matters” are “angry” at Fox News “for covering these protests.” But beyond merely “covering” the events, as Media Matters has noted, Fox News has actually promoted them, with numerous instances of Fox News airing segments encouraging viewers to get involved with tea-party protests across the country.