Given the diversity of interests within the modern Democratic party, it’s often difficult to find one consistent, unifying factor that all members of this eclectic club can agree upon.
In years past, George Bush served as a lens for the left’s collective contempt, focusing the myriad rays of misplaced angst into a laser beam of pure, unabashed hatred. The mere mention of his name was enough to start veins bulging and blood pressures rising around the dinner tables of America, but the statute of limitations is just about up on the GWB effect and the left desperately needs to find a new windmill.
With more than two disastrous Bush-free years behind us, we can no longer shake our fists with rage and decry his evil ambitions found germinating within the roots of all of the world’s deficiencies. Who or what will fill the void? Is there a new enemy to freedom-loving revolutionaries everywhere?
Rest assured, Fox News has been patiently biding its time in the number two slot of the media’s hen house for more than a decade and now stands poised to claim the thrown of liberal animosity for years to come. An absolute, unrelenting revulsion for the Murdoch empire is one thing that virtually all people of the liberal persuasion share as evidenced by the multitude of web sites and frenetic commentators bent on the complete and total destruction of all Fox News channels.
With the reign of the alphabet networks now relegated to the dust bins of television history (can anyone say Dan Rather?), many find it unthinkable that left wing media supremacy is no longer the accepted norm. Fox News jabs a searing hot poker of conservative commentary and opinion into the third eye of liberal enlightenment and thinking people everywhere have responded enthusiastically as evidenced by Fox’s complete domination of all news outlets.
The standard media response to the ascendancy of Fox has been to shamelessly smear the network and throw stones of bias from the glass towers of their corporate offices. After maintaining a one-sided perspective for decades, the hypocrisy of these charges is astonishing but not altogether out of character.
As FNC’s ratings climb and their and reach continues to expand, the attacks have grown exponentially and we now have entire organizations such as Media Matters and MoveOn devoted to the demise of Fox. Has anything even remotely similar ever been directed towards NBC or CBS?
More often than not, the charges amount to debatable discrepancies or nuanced points lost on most occasional television news viewers. A Dan Rather type of “news fabrication” incident or a Keith Olbermann style oversight would bring widespread and unrelenting condemnation that would be difficult for Fox to dismiss under such collective scrutiny.
That’s not to say that the network is without bias. Anyone thinking that Fox represents impartial journalism probably has a shoe box full of Brooklyn Bridge shares under their bed, but contrary to most competitors, their political predilection is openly noted and on display for all to see. The “fair and balanced” part of the equation comes from offering opposing viewpoints and lively debate on nearly all topics covered under the umbrella of their opinion lineup.
Bill O’Reilly has no qualms about voicing his point of view, but to his credit he also goes to great lengths to find credible guests that represent both sides of the argument. I think that’s all we can ask for in modern journalism, and I’d much rather see a network’s position displayed openly than have my intelligence insulted by a disingenuous attempt at impartiality.
In the past, whenever I’ve confronted people on the issue of Fox News, there’s no shortage of expletives to be had, but there is a consistent absence of authenticity. For a sect of our population that claims a de facto moral and intellectual superiority, I find the presence of actual facts mysteriously lacking and refer readers to this soon to be classic example of liberal thought and insight.
Jesse Watters, Producer for the O’Reilly Factor confronts a group of protesters mobilized by MoveOn.org outside of Fox (video here):
JESSE WATTERS: Can you name an example where Fox has been unfair?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Too many.
WATTERS: Can you name one?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every day, we could be here for hours.
WATTERS: Name one. I have five minutes. Name one.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They lied — they lied about the Iraq war.
WATTERS: What did they lie about?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They lie everyday on — Glenn Beck…
WATTERS: You can’t name an example of one lie Fox has said and you are out here calling us liars, isn’t that right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just watch the channel. Just watch…
WATTERS: I work there. Do you?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don’t work there. I read.
WATTERS: OK, so you don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?
I beg your indulgence once more and ask that you also watch this short clip of a union protester recently in Wisconsin.
Is this the extent of the liberal argument against Fox News? Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly stand like the three heads of Cerberus guarding the gates of Rupert Murdoch’s evil empire and this is the reasoned retort to a conspiracy of right-wing propaganda?
I’d like to challenge the Record-Eagle readers (at least the online version) who disagree with this piece to show me if this fox/dog hybrid has any teeth or just a bark of lies and deception.
Are you part of the crowd that mindlessly chants the “Fox lies” mantra or would you like to have a serious discussion about news bias and the way information is disseminated in the modern world? In the age of DVR’s you certainly have the freedom to watch anything at any time so I’d like to propose that you tune in for a week and we rejoin this conversation after you’ve actually spent some time watching these demigods of deception.
Bill O’Reilly is my personal favorite and Glenn Beck is definitely the most polarizing, so I’d suggest that you pick one of those, but anything in the news hour or the prime time line-up would be fine. Cast off the Birkenstocks of oppression and set down your glasses of Chardonnay lest they spill as you make those sweeping generalizations and show me the obvious error of my ways.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish ~ Euripides