Friday, March 16, 2007

Outfoxing Fox

Long time reader Lester and I have been in a bit of debate in the comments over whether Fox News is a real news station or simply a mouthpiece for the Republican party. This quote from a LAT column sums up my position pretty well.
A senior advisor to one of the 2008 Democratic contenders was equally emphatic. "I think the more they can be de-legitimized the better," the advisor said. "They are in business to promote the Republican Party and to hurt the Democratic Party, and they have every right to do that, but to the extent that their pretense of objectivity can be challenged, it should be."
As Ronald Brownstein also points out, it's not that they don't have a few good reporters and occassionally practice actual journalism, but for the most part their pretense towards being "fair and balanced" is so transparently false that if it were a dress, a woman would be arrested for public indecency if she wore it to the grocery store.

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Blogger nolocontendere said...

Nitpicker has a good posting about the way Fox Noise operates.

4:24:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Wow. That was a fabulous post. Thanks for the link Nolo.

9:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not appearing on FOX will help FOX

1:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

No one is saying they will never appear on FOX Lester, but allowing them to host such a high profile event would only help them. I don't see any reason to do that.

2:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whata bunch of lefty's.
Do you all think that the "big 4 are fair and ballanced"? Are you kidding me !

6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

That would be spelled lefties.
Lefty's would, of course, describe something belonging to someone called lefty.

Why is it that accusations of liberal bias nearly always originate from someone who has yet to master elementary English?

Bias of course is completely relative and accusations thereof must always be measured against a standard. Too bad there is no standard in journalism but objective reality. Certainly your own opinions can't be used, otherwise anything you disagree with would be biased including things which are true. The sum of the integrals equals the integral of the sums, and your unfamiliarity with calculus doesn't make make all the books biased.

Fox has a well illustrated record of factual error, distortion through magnification and on occasion has created works of pure fiction. All journalistic sources are subject to factual error and all human sources depart from objective reality to some degree, but Fox is so demonstrably at odds with fact and at home with fiction it's fair to say that they are the most dependent upon Republican sources and the least dependent upon actual investigative reportage that it's more than fair to call them biased to a degree that sets them aside from all others.

9:01:00 AM  

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