Skip to comments.Journalism Review Explores Fox's Liberal Pundits, Confesses Fox Is More Balanced Than MSNBC
Posted on 03/03/2014 4:55:44 PM PST by Kaslin
Alexis Sobel Fitts at the Columbia Journalism Review has tackled the subject of paid liberal analysts at Fox News, perhaps nudged by their hiring of conservative hate object James Carville.
Call them punching bags, foils, or the engines of honest debate, she wrote, Foxs flock of liberal commentators lay out the nations partisan battles in real timeon a network where coastal elites would argue that no dissenting voices exist. Fitts cant take up this topic without acknowledging MSNBC cant match Fox for allowing balance, even if its some crafty Roger Ailes plot:
Though MSNBC has a handful of moderate conservativesnamely Morning Joes Joe ScarboroughFox stands out for the prominence it awards its on-air naysayers, many of whom occupy regular roles on the networks most popular shows. Personalities like Kristen Powers, who made her way up through the Clinton administration and now goes head-to-head with Bill OReilly on nationalized healthcare (shes for it), the death penalty (against), and the Iraq war (against). Their screen relationship is one of playful respect; when their debates grow heated, OReilly warmly calls her Powers.
Why would liberals in good standing risk becoming Democratic Party outcasts by going to work for Fox? And why does Fox spend good money acquiring them? The first question is easier than the second. Tamara Holder says shes often asked how a person who once wrote for GrassRoots, a medical marijuana magazine, found herself on a network geared toward the countrys most faithful conservatives. Her one-word answer: ratings.
The harder question is the one directed at Foxs motives. Ratings, of course, would be the logical answer here, too. But its possible thats not the sole explanation.
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Hell, they coulda’ called me and I would’ve told them that for free.
Makes me think of "The View": four libs, plus one token conservative (Elizabeth Hasselbeck) who wasn't very good at holding her own against the libs.
Part of the answer is probably that it gets boring hearing your own side say the same thing over and over. That also goes for conservatives who decide to appear on MSNBC.
“Though MSNBC has a handful of moderate conservativesnamely Morning Joes Joe Scarborough”
Who knew? I guess his handful is only one.
If he is moderate then he’s not a conservative
It’s all relative - MSNBC considers anyone even the slightest bit to the right of Karl Marx to be a conservative.
Moderate Conservatives???? You can’t be both moderate and conservative, dumbells. It not possible!!!
I never thought Fox was conservative. I think that they try to show both sides of an issue.
Everyone else has been left for so long that middle of the road looks like the extreme right to them.
Don’t fall for this liberal crap of equating Fox with MSNBC. That is the left’s objective — to say Fox is the conservative MSNBC. BS! In truth, Fox is more balanced that any of the alphabet media, and that is why Obama and the left hates it — it doesn’t just regurgitate the Obama party line
You forgot one four letter word in Fox is more balanced, which is fair. As in fair and balanced
Much in the same way that Romney was "extremely conservative".