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It was an emotionally charged moment when mothers of black Americans killed in police-involved shootings took the stage to address the convention. Delegates chanted, “Black lives matter,” and cameras caught tears streaming down the cheeks of some audience members.
CNN, MSNBC and PBS all aired the presentation (it was before the broadcast networks came on the air), but Fox News Channel didn’t. Instead, Fox showed an interview with Karl Rove about demonstrations outside the convention, and a Bill O’Reilly-moderated segment about immigration.
A Fox News spokesperson says that instead of airing the full video of the Mothers of the Movement speech, an audio segment was aired during The Kelly File on Tuesday night.
Similarly, Fox did not air the convention speech by Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay about how it’s possible to simultaneously address the needs of police and concerns by minority communities. Their network rivals did.
Since it was a discussion about a hot news issue, the omissions leave Fox vulnerable to charges that the network is reluctant to expose its Republican-dominated audience to opinions they may disagree with.
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