Tea Party boycotts Fox News -- again -- for being too liberal; boycott protests Benghazi coverage

Coloradan supporter posted reasons on boycott blog

The Tea Party boycotted Fox News for the second time this month, saying the cable network is too liberal.

Tea Party members organized the second boycott of Fox News from Thursday, March 21 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, March 24 at 6 a.m. because they say the channel "turned Left," according to the blog Benghazi Truth.

The blog alleges that the Obama administration organized a media-supported "cover-up" of the events surrounding the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in Libya.

Fox News has a reputation of representing a conservative perspective on political issues.

Written primarily by Frank M. Davis, Jr., a Tea Party supporter, the blog helped to organize and promote both boycotts. Kathy Amidon, a Tea Party activist from Nashville, Tenn., is also a driving force behind the boycotts.

The first boycott began Friday, March 8 and lasted through March 9.

A post on Benghazi Truth on Saturday says that the group "will rally over 1 million people to boycott FOX until it TURNS RIGHT, or until… everyone just walks away from the smoldering ash-heap that was once 'Fair and Balanced.'"

The group’s boycott is focused solely on Fox News.

"FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck," a post on the blog reads. "FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the (mainstream media) doesn't need us at all, to speak of."

Stan Hjerleid of Fort Collins, Colo. posted a "Guest Daily Memo" on Benghazi Truth on Mar. 13 explaining why Tea Party supporters like himself are boycotting Fox News.

Hjerleid’s blog post alleges that media outlets are using techniques "used by Hitler" in order to "indoctrinate the masses."

The post specifically criticizes Sean Hannity for his TV special "Benghazi: 6 Months Of Deceit," saying that the program included "absolutely nothing new on Benghazi."

Hjerleid writes that "we need to be careful what we see and hear" on the news.

"If we keep silent about (Fox News') shortcomings, then they can get away with shading their coverage further Left," Hjerleid writes. "I for one oppose that. They can make adjustments or I will get my news elsewhere."

We looked for comments from Fox News on the boycott but could not find an official response.

-- Benghazi Response Review --

The independent Accountability Review Board investigation of the U.S. response to the Benghazi attack determined that there were “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department” that resulted in a “security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.” The board noted that in the months leading up to the attacks, requests from the Benghazi post for additional staffing were not met. 

However, the board did not find that the U.S. response on the day of the attack was inappropriate, or that there were no efforts to help.

"The Board determined that U.S. personnel on the ground in Benghazi performed with courage and readiness to risk their lives to protect their colleagues, in a near impossible situation. The Board members believe every possible effort was made to rescue and recover Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith.

"The interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference."

In a press briefing after the report was released, board vice-chairman Admiral Michael Mullin said, "On the night of the attacks, Benghazi, Tripoli, and Washington communicated and coordinated effectively with each other. They looped in the military right away, and the interagency response was timely and appropriate. But there simply was not enough time for U.S. military forces to have made a difference … We looked at the force posture very specifically, and while we had a lot of forces in Europe both at sea and on land, it was not -- it is not reasonable that they could have responded; they were -- in any kind of timely way." 

Link to YouTube video of press briefing: http://youtu.be/M_4A8ErnS6s

Read Accountability Review Board report here: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/202446.pdf

Read transcript of press briefing here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/12/202282.htm

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