“Fair & Balanced”: Still A Great Big Lie

4 comments April 10th, 2009at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Not that anyone’s really surprised…

Despite repeatedly claiming its coverage is “fair and balanced,” despite its attacks on anyone who dares claim or imply the cable outlet tilts to the right, despite encouraging viewers to “say ‘no’ to biased media,” Fox News has frequently aired segments imploring its audience to get involved with tea-party protests across the country — protests the “news” network has described as mainly a response to President Obama’s economic policies.

Organizers of these tea-party protests have no bigger cheerleader (or crowd-builder, for that matter) than Fox News, which has provided attendance and organizing information for the events on air and online dozens of times. You name it, they’ve likely done it. Fox has offered viewers and readers such vital organizing information as protest dates and locations and addresses of websites where people can learn more. It has even posted information and publicity material for the events on its own website. Tea-party planners are now using the planned attendance of Fox News hosts to promote their protests and listing Fox News contributors as “Tea Party Sponsor[s]” on their website.

You see, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Greta Van Susteren are all scheduled to broadcast live from tea parties in different cities across the country, and they’ve wasted little time in diligently working to boost attendance levels for the April 15 events.

On his Fox program, Hannity has told his viewers, “And don’t forget, you can log on to our website to get all the details one week from tomorrow, our special, ‘Tax Day Tea Party’ show. You can attend. It’s live. It’s in Atlanta.” Cavuto struck the same note, telling his audience, “By the way, this tea party movement that’s going against largesse, it is growing. And folks are fed up with out-of-control spending. To that end, we are going to be broadcasting live from one of the biggest of these rallies on April 15, Tax Day. We are at California’s state capitol in Sacramento. This is the epicenter of this tax revolt beast, if you will.” Buried under the fault line of this “epicenter”? Cavuto’s integrity.

For his part, Beck, Fox’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief, managed to escape his “doom room” — Beck’s words — where he regularly hosts survivalist fringe characters prophesying our impending demise as a nation, long enough to encourage his viewers to come “[c]elebrate with Fox News” at any of four “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”

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They are simply fulfilling the charge of their boss, Fox News senior vice president Bill Shine, who, in an interview last month with National Public Radio, described the conservative cable network as “the voice of opposition on some issues.” Indeed.

Yeah, Fox is totally objective and not taking sides at all, ‘cuz they have Journalistic Integrity.

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

4 Comments

  • 1. Jenn  |  April 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I am just amused by the fact that there are conservatives running around talking about “Teabagging” President Obama.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 10th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Remember, it’s not gay if you’re the top.

  • 3. Roger  |  April 11th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Would that be ‘teabagging’ with strings attached?

    I hope (and expect) this will go over as well as Glenn Beck’s “We Surround Them” parties, with or without the endorsement of Chuck Norris.

    So NOW I wonder… Is Chuck Norris tough enough to ‘teabag’ Pres Obama?

  • 4. Eli  |  April 11th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Chuck Norris has two speeds: Teabag, and Kill.


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