Skip to comments.Ignore Fox: Obama's right. It's time to stop taking the network's skewed news seriously
Posted on 10/19/2009 9:50:31 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Last week, when White House communications director Anita Dunn charged the Fox News Channel with right-wing bias, Fox responded the way it always does. It denied the accusation with a straight face while proceeding to confirm it with its coverage.
Take a look at Fox's own Web story on the episode. It begins by quoting a Fox News senior vice president named Michael Clemente, who says: "It's astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming. It seems self-serving on their part." Then it quotes David Gergen, the gravelly voice of Washington's conventional wisdom, who says the attack diminishes President Obama and works to Fox's benefit. Then we hear from Tony Blankley, Newt Gingrich's former press secretary and a frequent Fox contributor, who agrees that criticizing Fox makes no sense: "Fox has an audience of not just conservatives. They've got liberals and moderates who watch too." Then a White House correspondent for Politico echoes the claim that the controversy will boost Fox's ratings. Then comes an old quote from Fox anchor Chris Wallace, who calls Obama's team "the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington." Then the story's anonymous author cites a joke Obama made at the White House Correspondents Dinner as evidence "that Fox News has gotten under his skin." Finally, the piece cites a Pew study that suggested that while Fox was equally negative about John McCain and Obama during the last six weeks of the 2008 campaign, CNN was more negative about McCain.(continued)
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
The Partisan Liberal Media gets angry, very angry, when challenged. In their minds, they have a right to tell the rest of us what to think without interference.
These brainless attacks on Fox have got to stop. What’s with this Democrat who wrote this article? Can’t he respect another opinion? Can he possibly be anything else but a Democrat and liberal who voted for Obama? So why should I take him seriously?
All of the other so-called “news” programs reflect a liberal bias. Why is Fox the only bad actor in the whole bunch?
I think Jacob bites his pillow.
Does Fox News still call Palestinian terrorists “Homicide Bombers?” I love that....calling them suicide bombers is skewing the intent of the action.
Here’s the part that is most difficult to swallow. The “false stories have not been identified, have not been adressed, no specifics noted. It seems to me, that at some point, some specific example would emerge....there hasn’t been any. That is why people side with FOX News ( lies yet to be proven) vs. Obama Administration ( lies proven every day, many, many very specific lies, too many to count). It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.
I have a small question for the Left Wing media’s relentless attempts to push Communism. Do they think they will be part of the “elite” when the State becomes a dictatorship?
Where is Liberal “heaven”?
Slate just wants more company down in ignored news outlet hell.
Their argument across the board is - We don’t like the messenger, so you all should ignore the message.
I can’t figure out if these guys really buy into what they’re saying or if they are just the “bullies” that CNN accuses Rush of being.
Moe mindless “my brother is bigger than your brother” crap.
Instead, why don’t you explain to us how bad Glenn Beck is because he played tapes of Anita whats her name bragging that her inspiration is Mao and Glenn asking the question “Why are people like Anita” in the White House (or is it the Red House?).
Then you might explain why Glenn is bad because he showed a tape of Lloyd speaking of how much he admires Chavez and the manner in which Chavez handled the media when he was being criticized in public by his opponents.
And there are a few other questions when you have time.
Pravda would be proud.
They want the old days of walter and dan lying to us because thats the way it is
Anita Dunnage was right: FOX news really IS biased.
They report facts, and the arena of factual reality is exclusively held by conservatives. ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBC will never understand, because their tiny liberal minds can only process the irrational, the fabricated, and the wishful thinking that makes up liberal reality.
Jacob Weisberg (born 1964) is an American political journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of Slate Group, a division of The Washington Post Company, and a columnist for the Financial Times. He served as the editor of Slate magazine for six years, until stepping down in June 2008. He is the son of Lois Weisberg, a Chicago social activist and connector celebrated in Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point. Weisberg’s father, Bernard Weisberg, was a prominent Chicago lawyer and, later, judge. His parents were introduced at a cocktail party by novelist Ralph Ellison.
Weisberg is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and also writes a weekly column for the Financial Times. He previously worked for The New Republic in Washington, D.C., was a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Early in his career, he worked for Newsweek in the London and Washington bureaus. Weisberg has also worked as a freelance journalist for numerous publications.
The creator and author of the Bushisms series, Weisberg published The Bush Tragedy in 2008. He is also the author, with Robert Rubin, of In An Uncertain World (2003). Weisberg’s first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.
Weisberg graduated from Yale University in 1986, where he worked for the Yale Daily News. When a junior, he was offered a membership in Skull and Bones by Senator John Kerry, but declined the offer, citing the club’s exclusion of women. Instead Weisberg was persuaded by The Washingon Post’s Robert G. Kaiser to join Elihu Society instead. After Yale he attended New College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Weisberg moderated a 2007 debate between Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens. This debate hit the news after Al Sharpton made a comment that seemed to charge that Mormons did not “really believe in God.” The moderator, Weisberg, was noted to have also made critical comments regarding Mormons, and in particular presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Weisberg authored an opinion piece on Slate in which he argues it is not bigoted to refuse to vote for a Mormon, especially one who believes in the “founding whoppers of Mormonism.” He also stated that he would never vote for a Scientologist or a young earth creationist.
In August 2008, Weisberg stated on Slate that the only reason Barack Obama would ever lose to John McCain is racism by white Americans against Obama. He stated that “If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth.”
I surely do not trust this guy to tell me the truth about anything!
Slate is a news outlet? I thought it was a commentary by Fred Flintstone’s boss! Go figure! ;-)
I understand what you are saying...the Left is delusional and dangerous, I have literally stopped speaking to any Liberals in our family and circle of friends...I cannot stand their logic and cannot hear another anti-Bush reference.
Their leader is an illegal alien and they love Communism, I cannot stand either.
The "debunking" story in Indonesia was manufactured for example - I've posted details on my blog
Seems to be a big Chicagowanda connection here. Now that is objective reporting.
Usually receiving flak is a good indication that you’re on target.
Where can I see your blog?
Any news organization that took its responsibilities seriously would take pains to cover presidential criticism fairly....
By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations. Respectable journalistsI'm talking to you, Mara Liassonshould stop appearing on its programs.
First, this cry baby pisses and moans that Fox only cites conservative sources, then he begs for others, whom he deems as respectable, not to appear on Fox! Suffering cats! STFU already.
Yes... Everybody ignore Fox. All eyes on Jacob! /Sarc
Hopefully, he won't have to find out the hard way just how tragically wrong he is.
Jacob Weisberg, leftist crybaby!
as Ronald Reagan observed...”its not that our liberal friends are so ignorant, but that what so much of what they “know” simply isn’t true”
the corollary of this statement...also RR’s
“A liberal is somebody who has read Karl Marx....a conservative is somebody who UNDERSTANDS Karl Marx...”
There are COMMUNISTS in this administration + FOX is the only news source exposing this + CMSM want’s FOX silenced = CMSM is Communist. Do the math.
That’s George Stefan the Awful Ass.
I get the feeling that every other media outlet is jealous of Fox News getting all this attention from Obama.
"If FOX News breaks a story (like Acorn or Van Jones), don't pick it up and report it or do your own research on it. Then we can isolate the FNC message apparatus until we can regulate them off the air. Thanks in advance."
FOX news is biased toward the truth.
That’s why I watch it.
Slate bashes Fox News for skewing the news. LOL! Ain’t that rich!
Weisberg - what a total hack:
Of course, the Government would later prove itself that IT was responsible for the crisis, completely dissolving this moron’s screed.
And yet, Jacob remains employed. And Newsweek’s readership is at an all time low.
Liberals love their constructs.
So slate can see the splinter in FoxNews’ eye, despite having more than eight posts in it’s eye. Good to know.
Hearing the beneficiaries of ABC, CBS, CNN, CNN HLN, MSNBC, NBC, HBO, the NYTs, the WP and a myriad of other non-stop propaganda factories, whine about FoxNews just makes me want to cry them a river in sympathy.
And we’re not just talking about news programming either. These outlets are pushing his agenda in their programming and alternate stories as well.
It’s full blown Communism with these idiots.
FoxNews is about the only network that allows someone on who hasn’t become a hex-slave to Obama.
For that it is cursed by the flying monkeys.
Anita, enjoy your fifteen minutes, for it ends tonight on Beck.
Except that the leader of the free world is behind this effort to isolate Fox News. That adds another dimension.
All of the other so-called news programs reflect a liberal bias. Why is Fox the only bad actor in the whole bunch?Last week, when White House communications director Anita Dunn charged the Fox News Channel with right-wing bias, Fox responded the way it always does. It denied the accusation with a straight face while proceeding to confirm it with its coverage.
Monopoly Associated Press journalism is not independent, precisely because it is associated. Within the association, you have protection - but you also have to do some protecting yourself. You are protected from attacks on your credibility - your objectivity - but you also have to protect everyone else in the association the same way. So if a Dan Rather comes out with a cock-and-bull story about poor-quality "copies of Texas Air National Guard Memos" which supposedly were created in the 1970s and somehow only surfaced in 2004 during a G.W. Bush's last of 4 high-profile elections - and with fancy typeset qualities not found in the simple typewriters of the 1970s - you as a member of the association are obligated to abstain from pointing out the absurdity, but rather to facilitate the stonewalling of the damning evidence against a fellow member of the association.
In the association, you are entitled and expected to promote your own objectivity - the fact that claiming your own objectivity is inherently subjective notwithstanding.
In their pseudo-intellectual world, their minions in academia, in the media, and politics have combined to "dumb down" the "little people" to the point they won't see through their claims. Such remarks by Dunn, Emanuel, and Axelrod show little to no understanding of the First Amendment's meaning of "freedom of the press."
Thomas Jefferson understood it though, and though he often was attacked by the press of his day, spoke out strongly in defense of freedom of the press. His passion, of course, was defending liberty, not government control, unlike that of the current Congress and Administration.
These are only a few of his remarks on that subject:
"The press [is] the only tocsin of a nation. [When it] is completely silenced... all means of a general effort [are] taken away." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802. (*) ME 10:341
"Since truth and reason have maintained their ground against false opinions in league with false facts, the press confined to truth needs no other legal restraint. The public judgment will correct false reasonings and opinions on a full hearing of all parties, and no other definite line can be drawn between the inestimable liberty of the press and its demoralizing licentiousness. If there be still improprieties which this rule would not restrain, its supplement must be sought in the censorship of public opinion." --Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Inaugural Address, 1805. ME 3:381
"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.
And, finally, but by no means the entirety of Jefferson's thoughts on the need for freedom of the press, no matter how critical its views:
"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."(Underlining added for emphasis) --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33