. 12 most despicable things Fox News did in 2012 - Salon.com Mark Howard Jan 5, 2013 The most heartbreaking news of 2012 was surely the massacre in Newtown, CT, where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were senselessly murdered by a deranged gunman. The resultant outcry from concerned Americans about the easy access to weapons that are capable of such carnage was met by Fox News as an attack on the Second Amendment and free enterprise. Its response was to slaughter the First Amendment by prohibiting any discussion of gun safety on the network. <snip> 12) Fox opposes ban on assault weapons but imposes ban on talking about it. ↶Its also worthwhile to note that while Fox has banned all talk of gun control, they have not similarly banished talk of other explanations for the atrocity in Connecticut. For instance, they had no problemn with laying the blame on movies and video games. And Fox host Mike Huckabee was permitted to go on the air and blame the killings on the absence of God in the classroom. Thats is a particularly idiotic theory when you consider that other mass killings have taken place in churches where there presumably was no shortage of Godliness. News Corpse » Fox News Opposes Ban On Assault Weapons But Imposes Ban On Talking About It: Posted by Mark on December 17, 2012 Never mind that Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of the Fox News parent company, supports taking bold leadership to restrict access to assault weapons, executives at Fox News have dictated that the subject of gun control is forbidden on their network. Sources told Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine that David Clark, the executive producer in charge of Foxs weekend coverage, gave producers instructions not to talk about gun-control policy on air. This network is not going there, Clark wrote one producer on Saturday night, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange. This is the sort of overt bias that is practiced at Fox News on a regular basis. There is nothing new about Fox demanding that their anchors and contributors follow the marching orders from the executive suites. They receive a morning memo informing them on the topics of the day and what their positions will be. Even loyal Fox associates like pollster Frank Luntz have revealed that failing to comport with the outlets orthodoxy will result in getting you blacklisted. Shermans sources went on to say that During the weekend, one frustrated producer went around Clark to lobby Michael Clemente, Foxs executive vice-president for news editorial, but Clemente upheld the mandate. We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control, the source said. <snip> .