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Some (More) Inconvenient Truths About Fox News

October 23, 2009

Last night, one of my fellow bloggers made a case that Fox News cannot be considered a right-wing propaganda mill, because it is the home of a number of left-of-center commentators. This developed an argument I made earlier this week that “part of Fox’s advantage [is that] it also employs center-Left commentators like Juan Williams, Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel, Geraldo, and (I’ve always assumed) Greta.” But it goes beyond Fox’s guest list and Saul Alinsky‘s advice to “personalize” the target. The White House smear campaign is not merely shameless and unseemly; it is anti-historical.

Carl Cameron, the chief political reporter of this “Republican propaganda machine,” broke the George W. Bush drunk driving story on the eve of the 2000 election. Four years later, Fox reported Dick Cheney’s one-time advocacy to lift sanctions against Iran while he chaired Halliburton. And Fox did not skimp on stories about Halliburton.

Compare that with the record of the dinosaur media. (Why call them “mainstream”? What’s mainstream about organizations whose viewership is disappearing almost as fast as their credibility?) To date, they have avoided reporting anything of substance about Van Jones‘ Communist history, ACORN‘s willingness to facilitate El Salvadoran underage prostitution, or the White House campaign to politicize the National Endowment for the Arts.

Even when the media report facts, their analysis invariably turns the facts on their head. I mention on such instance in my story today on FrontPage Magazine, concerning a union lobbyist with ties to ACORN whom President Obama appointed to the National Labor Relations Board….

SEIU/AFL-CIO lawyer Craig Becker’s record of extremism inspired Sen. John McCain to put a hold on the nomination. In reporting the story, Sam Hananel of the Associated Press happily picked up the White House talking points in its attempt to to “neuter” the Chamber of Commerce, coincidentally mentioning McCain’s “remarks echoed complaints by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of business groups that claim Becker’s views are ‘out of the mainstream.’” But when Hananel quoted Tom Harkin twice in the same piece, he does not say Harkin’s words “echoed pleas from ACORN, the AFL-CIO, and dozens of other left-wing groups who have said Becker is their ‘secret weapon.'”

Just review AP’s inverting the reality of U.S. casualties in Iraq, the New York Times‘s coverage of a massive terror plot in New York City, or the way an antiwar official’s leaking of Valerie Plame’s name to Bob Novak (RIP) is still spun as dastardly White House spite. (Chris Matthews pinned Armitage’s slip on Dick “CHEE-nee” just last night. Again.) For more on the media’s confused priorities, see here, here and here.

The lions of the old media still imagine a world where the president sits in front of three televisions to watch all three six o’clock news programs at once. Today, no one the president’s age watches the network news.

Nor are they missing anything.

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9 Comments
  1. October 23, 2009 7:26 am

    Excellent history, especially the Halliburton reporting…you’d think lefties would be eternally grateful to Fox for addressing one of their favorite pet issues!

  2. Joseph White permalink
    October 23, 2009 6:22 pm

    It’s amusing actually. The Liberals don’t know what to make out of a balanced media group that breaks the news more often than they do. Nor do they know what to make out of fellow liberals that willingly work for the enemy.

  3. Walt permalink
    October 24, 2009 12:21 am

    It is true that CNN and MSNBC, and especially MSNBC, fail to pick up perfectly legitimate news stories or downplay their significance for ideological reasons. The ACORN corruption scandal, which did not simply being in 2009, was either entirely ignored or barely covered by CNN AND MSNBC. FNC nutured the story and brought it to fruition. Even 20 years ago, most of the major networks would have probably given ACORN at least some substantive coverage, especially with the nature of the audio and visual record those young amateur reporters. However, this was not the case. The cover given was belated and grudging by the major outlets. What has journalism come to when only ideologically comforting reporting and analysis are permitted by the major media outlets? Are CNN, MSNBC, and the others incapable of going against their own ideological grain, even if it means declining viewership and public trust?

  4. Nalora permalink
    October 25, 2009 11:12 am

    I really think the entire argument about who is right/left is silly and assumes that everyone watching news is incapable of thought and discernment that there might be a slant to the reporting. The argument also assumes that everyone watching Fox is not also checking other sources for news, including the internet. The real problem with all television news sources is they assume the ignorance of the audience and assume they are the prime source of news.

  5. October 25, 2009 11:39 am

    why would I watch the Meaning-less medea-I want all the truth-it dosnt bother me that FOX has other opinions-I dont always agree with all thats said-but give me a choice–

  6. Joy permalink
    October 25, 2009 7:19 pm

    To think that there is more truth reported in today’s PRAVDA than in the NY Times! It still mystifies me how even the most diehard libtards can watch the leftist TV media and still claim that there is little, if any, bias. I keep running over imaginery conversations with some very nice and long-standing libtard friends who are totally in the tank (or toilet, depending on one’s view of the situation) and who would deny vehemently that there is any bias. I think nothing short of a Presidential announcement or an on-air confession by the newsreaders themselves would shake their misguided beliefs!

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