By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Fox News is the media outlet that Democrats love to hate, often calling it “Faux News.”
When the television network’s website published an article that referred to a $28 billion California budget deficit, therefore, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s press secretary, Gil Duran, erupted in righteous fury.
Duran fired off an email to the network, complaining that the article contained “some major and obvious errors.”
“First, the story states that California has a $28 billion deficit,” Duran wrote. “This is completely false and is already being mocked by California reporters on Twitter. Please correct the record immediately.
“The story also makes misleading claims about Proposition 30. Specifically, the story says that ‘families making over $250,000’ will have their income taxes increased. But for families that file jointly, there would be no tax increase unless they made $500,000.
“In general, the article simply rehashes arguments from obscure columnists whose opinions are contradicted by all available data. But these two major errors merit immediate correction.”
When Fox didn’t respond, Duran sent another sharply worded demand and also complained to Jim Romen- esko, who writes a widely read blog on media issues.
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