July 8, 2008, - 10:40 am
FOX Removes David Duke’s Girlfriend From Investigative Reporting Unit, But Tries to Keep Her on Staff
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE #3, 07/15/08: FOX News/NewsCorp’s Fanchon Stinger used Morning News Show as 20-minute Farrakhan Infomercial; did Pandering interview with Farrakhan at behest of Nation of Islam boyfriend, a key Farrakhan associate ****
**** UPDATE #2, 07/11/08: FOX 2 News Dumps Fanchon Stinger, But Refuses to Clean House or Change Cancerous Newsroom Policies ****
**** UPDATE, 07/10/08: FOX News/NewsCorp Does CYA-story on Muslim Anchor Fanchon Stinger; Covers Up Important Info ****
Well, it’s not David Duke’s girlfriend. Just the girlfriend of a top leader of his Black counterpart’s organization, Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. As we know, they would never allow the girlfriend of David Duke or one of his top people to be the face of a mainstream TV station in a major market. But they knew and allowed Fanchon Stinger to be the anchor of the station’s top-rated morning show and serve as an investigative reporter while they knew that for years she’d been heavily involved with one of Farrakhan’s top people.
As I reported last week and yesterday, Stinger–a Muslim anchor/reporter and employee of FOX News’ NewsCorp–is “dating” (euphemism) a top Nation of Islam leader and key Farrakhan associate, Rayford Jackson a/k/a Rayford Jackson Muhammad. Jackson is at the center of a bribery scandal involving the Detroit City Council and a multi-million dollar Detroit sludge treatment plant, and Stinger is involved also. Sources say that Jackson may have put some of his assets in her name and she, therefore, had an indirect interest in the deal, which is why she was sued as a co-defendant with Jackson in a 2007 lawsuit and why she accompanied him to a meeting designed to get Detroiters to agree to a plant in their neighborhood.
As I noted, this illicit relationship colored Stinger’s and FOX 2’s coverage of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, Islamic and Arabic issues, and the Detroit bribery scandal, including her interview with apparent FBI target Monica Conyers. And as I noted, this relationship resulted in some interesting and apparently coordinated campaign contributions to a political campaign which Stinger covered on her morning show.
Stinger is on paid suspension, but FOX 2 is trying to rehabilitate her and find a way to bring this tainted “journalist” back on the air. FOX 2–the FOX News/NewsCorp owned-and-operated Detroit station–is trying to get around Stinger’s untenable actions and associations by removing Ms. Stinger from it’s investigative reporting unit, “Problem Solvers.” On July 3rd, FOX altered both the shorter and longer versions of Stinger’s bio on the station’s website, removing its description of her as a “Problem Solver.” Both bear this notation:
Last Edited: Thursday, 03 Jul 2008, 10:10 AM EDT
Created: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006, 10:13 AM EDT
But that’s not enough. As an anchor, Stinger interviewed (and would continue to interview) personalities with whom she knew she had a conflict of interest, including Monica Conyers. Her presentation has been biased, and she hasn’t disclosed her interests on the air. That includes when a personal trainer–with whom she had a relationship–suddenly appeared on the FOX 2 morning show to tout his services.
The fact is, a credible news operation simply cannot employ any anchor/reporter who has personal and/or business relationship with the subjects they cover. And a credible news operation certainly can’t have as its key anchor–or even one of its reporters–the girlfriend of a key figure in one of the most vile, racist organizations in America.
Fanchon Stinger must go.
E-mail FOX 2 General Manager Jeff Murri and tell him that removing this anchor from a reporting unit is not enough. Tell him you don’t want to watch a news anchor who conducts interviews with those with whom she has interests and doesn’t disclose her conflicts of interest to you the viewer. Ask him if he would hire top Klansmen’s girlfriends as anchors and reporters?
If it were on the air in the 1940’s, would FOX 2 employ an anchor who was, um, “dating” Goebbels or the head of the German-American Bund?
Sadly, the answer might be in the affirmative.