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Monday, December 5, 2011

Reader complains about Fox News at Capitol

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:18 AM

ALL FOX ALL THE TIME: Reader wants channel changed on Capitol TV.
  • ALL FOX ALL THE TIME: Reader wants channel changed on Capitol TV.
A reader says that Secretary of State Mark Martin has made an aesthetic change at the Capitol she doesn't approve of. She says the TV in the Capitol rotunda has been changed to Fox News in the Martin administration of the building from a "more mainstream and moderate news source."

She writes:

With the results released by several recent surveys (Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll and University of Maryland) that indicate a person having NO exposure to news at all has better knowledge of events than someone who watches Fox News (either Repub or Demo), I'm wondering if you'll do the right thing and change the channel back. Will you do your part to help Arkansas citizens be better informed... or will you continue to subject both public employees and visitors to the "news" channel that distorts facts and promotes disinformation?

Alex Reed of the secretary of state's office responds:

We usually keep the rotunda TV on Fox News. If a visitor wants to watch something else, barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'm sure we could accommodate. We have had no complaints about the TV being on Fox News.

Reed also says that complaints about removal of trees on the west side of the Capitol grounds to provide more parking spaces was a decision made by Arkansas Building Authority, not the secretary of state's office. I'm on the trail of more information.

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