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Ron Radosh Explains Why Liberal Journalists are Joining the Obama Administration’s Attack on Fox News

October 31, 2009


Ron Radosh has a particularly great blog post up today:

While the Obama administration continues its war against its media critics, well-known liberal journalists — instead of defending freedom of the press — are joining the attack on a news network they despise as much as does the administration. Gone is any seeming concern for the right of commentators to voice their own opinion, because mainstream liberal editorial writers are sure their opponents are both extremists and wrong.

Take, as our first example, Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of The Slate Group. Writing in last week’s Newsweek, Weisberg explained at the start that anyone who watches Fox News knows immediately that Anita Dunn’s charge that Fox has a “right-wing bias” is correct, since Fox always confirms “it with its coverage.”  Referring to Fox’s own reporting on the administration’s attacks on the network, he notes that Fox showed what he calls a “textbook example of a biased journalism.” If it is true, it is hardly surprising, since the very network under attack might be expected to come to its own defense.

Next, he refers to its commentators as “platinum pundettes and anchor androids.” He offers no names. Could he be referring to Chris Wallace, whose weekly Sunday broadcast is widely acclaimed as one of TV’s best weekend programs, and who publicly complained that never in his decades of broadcasting has he come across more of a bunch of “whiners” than he has seen in the Obama administration?  Is he referring to Megan Kelly, who did a yeoman’s job questioning ACORN founder Wade Rathke in a long and exclusive interview? Wouldn’t he want a defender of ACORN to speak on the one network that reported on its scandals? Is he upset, perhaps, that Kelly came off better than Rathke did?

He thinks it is a silly comparison to their charge that the war on Fox is similar to Nixon’s enemies list. Of course, he gives no reason why the analogy is false — perhaps because to most observers, it isn’t.

Next, he attributes the success of the many “tea parties” as due to Fox’s sponsorship of them — ignoring the fact that it was an internet created phenomenon that Fox alone chose to cover when others ignored them.  Evidently, Weisberg can’t distinguish between paying attention to events it finds newsworthy and sponsoring them. [I acknowledge that Glenn Beck anchored his show’s special coverage of the Washington DC tea party, which he supported.]  Weisberg’s fear is that now “ideologically distorted news” drives ratings up, and that others will soon imitate them in order to gain more viewers.

Read the whole thing.

  1. October 31, 2009 5:01 pm

    If ideologically distorted news” drives ratings up” how come the cable news and network news ratings are in the toilet, except for Fox News?

  2. Firebirds#48 permalink
    November 1, 2009 5:46 am

    Weisberg another kool-aid drinker gives the left based Obama
    lovers a total pass,while accusing Fox to be Right Wing.Wake
    up and smell the roses… Our Country was hoodwinked by the
    Obama mystique. Fox has brought this atrocity out in the
    open,and America is waking up…thanks to Fox News. Fox and
    their staff are believers in the Foundation of America, based
    on the dream and work of Our Founding Fathers,not the lets
    dump God disdain for our Country that the democrat party
    spews.Thank God for Fox News!!!

  3. Prudent Man, CFA permalink
    November 1, 2009 9:48 am

    The Liberal/Progressive/Left media came after Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and all of them won election and re-elections.

    Freedom of the Press includes Freedom to make fools of yourselves as does Free Enterprise gives you the Freedom to make dumb investments. In all forms of “Freedom” personal responsibility attaches.

    Obviously these bigoted clowns don’t bother me as I have been laughing at their sophomoric collectivism for over half a century. As being tools of the George Soros’ Fascist Socialist in the propagation of so-called “diversity” has never been explained to them in the context as a policy to dilute the middle class to mediocrity so they won’t assert their Free Will.

  4. November 1, 2009 12:06 pm

    If Fox is not a “real news channel” as so many of the administration proclaim, then just why haven,t they been prosecuted for false advertisement ? The reason is, They ARE a real news channel…FAIR, BALANCED, AND UNAFRAID and no one can prove otherwise. Glen Beck has clearly (and often) admitted that he isn’t a reporter, but just comments on events as he sees them….and 99.999% of the time I agree with him. So must many others for him to have over 3,000,000 viewers at a 5 PM show-time. Likewise, Sean Hannity isn’t timid about being a Republican and any real viewer KNOWS this. The other networks are jealous of FOX ratings and can’t understand why they are so high. Let me enlighten them. Our Country, for the majority, is fed-up on the liberal chill up the leg BS that they try to cram down our throats constantly.

  5. Matthew Parrish permalink
    November 10, 2009 7:58 am

    It’s Megyn Kelly, with a “y”.

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