A top Fox News correspondent reportedly said he agrees that the channel supports the Tea Party.
The Daily Beast's Steve Friess reports that he witnessed a conversation between Daily Kos blogger Dante Atkins and Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron at the Netroot Nations conference on Friday, during which Cameron said some people on the channel are boosting the Tea Party and have improperly hyped the Shirley Sherrod story.
Friess says that Atkins had just finished a segment on Fox News about the netroots, and was telling Cameron some of the things he had said on television:
"Cameron...nodded as Atkins repeated comments he made on camera that the Tea Party movement was largely organized by Fox News hosts like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
'Tell me about it,' Cameron smirked.
As the conversation continued, Atkins...cited examples of Fox's undue sway over events. Cameron then offered one of his own.
'The Sherrod case is an example of some at Fox News trying to have more influence than it probably should,' Cameron said.
When confronted with his comments, Cameron told Friess that they had been taken out of context, and that he was defending the standards of the channel's news division. Atkins told Friess that the remarks were accurate and were not taken out of context.
In September, a Fox News producer was caught rallying the crowd at a 9/12 protest.