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Monday, October 04, 2004

FNC: If Cameron Does It Again, He Can Be Fired

TVNewser gets its hands on an internal FNC memo:

"Last week, we experienced separate lapses of judgment, resulting in the posting, on our website, of inaccurate material," Moody writes. "Credibility is our lifeblood. When we make factual mistakes, we affect adversely all the hard work that we've done for eight years to become the country's leading news channel." He calls Cameron's quotes a "stupid parody" that was included in the scripts queue, then picked up and added "unthinkingly" to the web site.

"For that reason, we are implementing a number of changes," he continues. "First, and immediately, the scripts queue is OFF LIMITS for editorial use until the item has been broadcast or the script is approved for use. Second, the use of scripts queue for humor, sarcasm, parody or other unprofessional conduct is strictly forbidden. Failure to follow this directive is a dismissable offense."

An anonymous tipster claiming FNC employment raises an eyebrow, however:

When I saw the language, it was abundantly clear that he wanted it leaked to the press. Notice that even in an advisory memo, he still takes the time to trumpet FNC over its competitors.

In addition, a FoxNews.com article offers regrets and a joke after publishing quotes from satirical group, "Communists for Kerry":

FOXNews.com regrets the error. From now on, polygraphs for everybody.