Fox Newsworthiness

June 11th, 2009at 07:57pm Posted by Eli

So, according to BillO, the fatal shooting of an Army recruiter should have gotten a lot more media coverage, the fatal shooting of Dr. Tiller by a right-wing nut was over-covered, and the shooting of two Holocaust Museum guards by another right-wing nut isn’t even interesting at all:

O’Reilly never covered the shooting on his show. In fact, the only mention of the act of domestic terrorism came in a segment that, ironically, decried the media’s inadequate coverage of Long’s death:

O’REILLY: But the central question remains according to a new Pew study, the American media spent far more time on the murder of Tiller than on the murder of Private Long. … 10 to 1 the Pew study which was released yesterday, 10 to 1 more coverage. I mean, come on, come on.

[…]

O’REILLY: All right. Now, we had a murder today at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.

HENICAN: That was an awful case. Awful.

O’REILLY: Now, this is an 89-year-old anti-Semite bigot kills an innocent guy in the Holocaust Museum. OK? Now, what about the newsworthiness of this? … Is it as newsworthy as Private Long?

I can kind of see BillO’s point.  After all, is it really news anymore that the far right is populated by homicidal crazies?  It’s almost a dog-bites-man kind of thing.  Now, if someone from the left goes off and starts shooting people, that would be some news.

(Note: As best I can tell, that doesn’t appear to be what happened with the recruiter shooting.)

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers


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