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Berrier writes: "Journalist Tom Ricks crystalized one of the major problems with Fox News, calling the network a 'wing of the Republican Party' on Fox's own airwaves."

Tom Ricks criticizes Fox on their airwaves. (photo: Fox News)
Tom Ricks criticizes Fox on their airwaves. (photo: Fox News)


Analyst Calls Fox a Wing of the Republican Party, On the Air

By Justin Berrier, Media Matters for America

28 November 12

 

ournalist Tom Ricks crystalized one of the major problems with Fox News, calling the network a "wing of the Republican Party" on Fox's own airwaves.

Ricks' statement echoes a comment made years earlier by then-White House communications director Anita Dunn. While Dunn was attacked for her statement at the time, Ricks' willingness to call Fox out while appearing on the network itself shows just how clearly Fox has established itself as the communications arm of the GOP.

In October 2009, Dunn appeared on CNN's media criticism show Reliable Sources and pointed out that "Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party." Following her comments, Fox figures viciously attacked Dunn and the White House, using those statements to accuse President Obama of placing Fox on an "enemies list."

Three years later, Ricks, a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, criticized Fox News' attempt to manufacture a scandal from the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, claiming the story was "hyped by this network especially" and accused Fox of "operating as a wing of the Republican Party" before being cut off by Fox anchor Jon Scott.

While Ricks is one of the few public figures to accuse Fox of partisan bias on its own network, he's not the first to echo Dunn's accurate description of the network. Following Dunn's appearance, Huffington Post managing editor Nico Pitney also appeared on Reliable Sources and said "the White House is taking on Fox News. And it's exactly the right thing to do. If the Republican National Committee had a television network, how would it be any different?" (accessed via Nexis)

In May, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller called Fox the "cultural home of the Republican Party and a nonstop Obama roast," pointing out that "Fox pretends very hard to be something it is not, and in the process contributes to the corrosive cynicism that has polarized our public discourse."

New York Times media critic David Carr wrote that Fox temporarily put politics aside in order to accurately call the winner of the 2012 presidential election, but also noted that it "has been suggested, here and elsewhere, that Fox News effectively became part of the Republican propaganda apparatus during the presidential campaign by giving pundit slots to many of the Republican candidates and relentlessly advocating for Mitt Romney once he won the nomination."

New York magazine columnist Frank Rich, in an appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show claimed that Fox News figures "have double employment" because "Fox really is an arm of the Romney campaign."

Fox's insistence that it does not operate as a wing of the GOP is not only contradicted by experts, but by its own habit of ceaselessly attacking the Obama and promoting right-wing causes and candidates, not to mention Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine's description of the network as the "voice of opposition on some issues" soon after Obama's inauguration.

See Also: Tom Ricks Denies He Apologized To Fox News


 

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+127 # Robert B 2012-11-28 08:43
It might be more accurate to say that the Republican Party is a wing of Fox News.
 
 
+2 # wminot 2012-11-29 21:54
Amen.
 
 
+4 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-30 15:57
Lots of Fox programs are edited-not live. Bill O'Reilly has had the fortunate experience several times of being brought down by a guest which gave him "push back" for O'Reilly being a bully.
 
 
+79 # Erdajean 2012-11-28 08:44
Yeah and guess what? The sun rises in the East! Nothing has ever been more clear than the overt partisanship of Fox -- except to those with only half a functioning brain, who saw and heard exactly what they wanted to, right out of the mouths of O'Reilly and Coulter.

Well, if these folks see a blatant lie in print, that makes it true. And if they hear it on Fox News, it's right there in the Unholy Gospel -- from which, alas, a lot of half-wit preachers take their Sunday texts.
 
 
-1 # maddave 2012-11-28 08:44
And another analyst bites the dust.
 
 
+44 # Lolanne 2012-11-28 12:12
Quoting maddave:
And another analyst bites the dust.


Not quite seeing why you're getting all the red numbers, maddave. I thought as much myself while reading the piece. Those who point out that the emperor has no clothes are usually silenced these days. Ricks was completely accurate in his comments about faux news bias, which, in today's world in the US, probably means we'll never hear of him again.
 
 
+20 # X Dane 2012-11-28 16:22
Lolanne
He probably will not be seen on Fox, but he certainly will everywhere else. He is a well respected journalist.
 
 
+8 # Lolanne 2012-11-28 22:39
Quoting X Dane:
Lolanne
He probably will not be seen on Fox, but he certainly will everywhere else. He is a well respected journalist.


It was hyperbole, X Dane, with a strong dose of sarcasm included, meant to express my low opinion of how it is these days with our overly controlled media. Somebody has the temerity to speak truth? Off with his head! Guess I should be more careful about how I say things.
 
 
+3 # X Dane 2012-11-30 17:02
lolanne.

It was was no critique of yours and maddave's comments.....I agree, and I LOVE that Rich told them off right on the air. That was great....By the way I almost always agree with your comments Lolanne.

Right now I am very worried for the FCC may allow The scum, Murdoch to buy LA Times and Chicago Tribune, plus some TV stations. I have signed some petitions to the FCC.

We have one other paper in my area, an opinionated rag I am not interested in reading. If Murdoch get his filthy hands on LA Times, that's it. No paper worth reading. We are really being deprived in our so called free country. Without good newspapers we are a lot less free.
 
 
0 # Lolanne 2012-12-01 16:02
Thanks for the response, X Dane. And I usually agree with your comments as well!

I'm also very concerned about the FCC and Murdoch; have probably signed the same petitions you have. This is just one more area where the wealthy are controlling everything, and it may be the most insidious. Controlling what people read is controlling their minds.

I sympathize with you if the LA Times goes...have often read and appreciated something they've printed. And I know how it is to have no newspaper. Haven't lived where there was a decent one for many years (last 3 places I've lived, covering about 15 yrs). I rely on TV like MSNBC and online sources for news. Nothing at all available here. (I live in TX and refuse to pay for a subscription to any newspaper in this ugly, red state.)
 
 
+23 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 13:07
dave - I don't know why the negative numbers either. I took your comment to mean that Ricks won't be featured or allowd on Fox news again, which I am sure he won't.

Anyway, I gave a positive back, based on what I thought you were saying.
 
 
+11 # maddave 2012-11-28 22:25
Thank you, dovelane!
You , X Dane & Lolanne got it right. In viewing the video, did you-all see how quickly he was shuffled off the screen following his remark?
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2012-11-30 17:07
maddave

The ladies are with you Dave, we gave you thumbs UP. It was GREAT seeing the interviewer's face after Rich's remark. It is not too often they get told off...on air!
 
 
+12 # George D 2012-11-28 15:18
If he had been on MSNBC, and a question like that had been posed to him (which would never happen anyway) he would have said something more nuance like "I think the facts show that, relative to other similar events, this is not much of a story and your assertions are incorrect". But since FOX viewers wouldn't comprehend a thoughtful answer, a "call out" was a brilliant "attention getter" and the results speak for themselves.

It also occurred to me, how brilliant the move was and how FOX helped this guy out by accusing him of "apologizing" backstage. The "apology" supposedly included the fact that he had been on a book tour. Until they brought it up, I didn't know he had a book out :-)
Maybe I should buy his book. Maybe that's what he wanted all along.

KUDOS! Brilliant move! Call out FOX and get book tour publicity too.
 
 
+3 # X Dane 2012-11-30 17:18
George.

"This guy" is a VERY good journalist and I bet his book is very good too. He wrote one, maybe two about the Iraq war, I am not sure....I think his opinion is clear in the title..s.. FIASCO, and Greatest Story ever Sold.
 
 
-122 # moafu@yahoo.com 2012-11-28 08:55
Of course Fox News is biased to the right of the political spectrum. They openly declare that. Why would not MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN admit to the facts presented by Bernard Goldberg in his book, "BIAS...." that they are LEFT of the political spectrum.

To be open about the bias is legally and morally appropriate. To have the bias and deny it ??!! Well, it's legal,
but......
 
 
+73 # AndreM5 2012-11-28 09:33
Sorry, your strawman "theory" is nonsense and, like Faux "News," absent of facts.

The Fox network was originally "conceived" as "GOPTV" in the Nixon era, but that name was far too obvious even for our poorly informed society.

So the Rulers of the Universe decided on "News" instead. Brilliant! It is still the RNC network by any name.
 
 
+4 # Cassandra2012 2012-12-03 15:33
And the Canadians have banned Fox since it misrepresents itself as 'News' instead of Entertainment.
 
 
+57 # AndreM5 2012-11-28 09:35
Another thing, are you pretending Bernard Goldberg is somehow an unbiased source of facts. Priceless!
 
 
+22 # bmiluski 2012-11-28 09:53
That the major networks failed to report Ricks’ calling out of FAUX is proof that there is NOTHING LEFT of MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. All neo-con sponsored.
 
 
+15 # genierae 2012-11-28 12:37
This story about Ricks was on The Ed Show last night, you can see it at MSNBC TV. I think it was on other show as well.
 
 
+36 # kalpal 2012-11-28 10:03
So why does Fox resent it each time anyone points out that is totally rightward biased and that its fair balanced BS meme is just that BS?

Can you point to an instance that Roger Ailes or Rupert Murdoch admitted to the world at large, "We are the right wing."
 
 
+18 # NOMINAE 2012-11-28 17:13
Quoting kalpal:
So why does Fox resent it each time anyone points out that is totally rightward biased and that its fair balanced BS meme is just that BS? "


Simply because their business model depends upon keeping those brains out there impeccably washed !

They really don't care about those people who "get" that Fox is a right-wing propaganda machine, but they will fight to the financial (at least) death, anyone who makes any attempt to "awaken" their brainwashed zombie audience.

Before we get too "arrogant", let's just note the stats showing that Fox is "the most watched television show in America". I know - sorry about what that tells us about America - but there we have it.

So *WE* know that Fox is B.S., *FOX* knows that Fox is B.S., but this massive somnambulistic and brainwashed audience out there transfixed to Fox still thinks they are watching "fair and balanced *NEWS*".

Fox will fight anyone who threatens to burst that bubble. That's what's paying the rent ! That's why the 1% will protect both Fox and Rush & Clones to the very last dying breath.

The Republicans didn't gut the "Truth In Advertizing Laws", and the "Equal Time Law" (that would have kept both Fox and Rush completely off the air) for nothing.

Fox news attempted to enter the Canadian News Market, but were refused based upon Canadian law barring lying during the presentation of News programming.
 
 
+4 # wminot 2012-11-29 21:59
Smart Canadians.
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2012-11-30 17:27
kalpal.

because they love to call themselves Fair and balanced?????? So when Rich correctly called them an arm of the GOP, that tells the VERY few that may not know yet...that they are NOT balanced, NOR are they fair.
 
 
+32 # kalpal 2012-11-28 10:09
I am fascinated by the notion that Bernard Goldberg is this nation's arbiter of who is biased and in which direction. How did he come to be assigned that designation? Is it self assigned? Why exactly is a blatant right winger the one person in this nation who deems himself capable of determining bias?
 
 
-105 # Robt Eagle 2012-11-28 10:18
This isn't fair and balanced, MSNBC is a White House love fest cable network, and the NY Times is Obama's openly backer of any failed policy Obama and his administration throws out there. There are no longer any news reporting going on other than FOX News which gives both sides the opportunity to voice their slants on what is going on. In Benghazi when four Americans were killed, FOX News has been the only media outlet to actually question what the hell happened. ABC barely mentioned it. MSNBC only reports on how FOX News is trying to go after Obama; not even caring that four Americans were killed UNDER OBAMA'S WATCH. IF GW Bush had allowed four Americans to be killed and then covered it up, what would the liberal media be doing other than crucifying Bush, BUT OBAMA GETS A FULL PASS. Obama sends out Rice to do the Sunday talk shows and then he is outraged that anyone questions the wrong info that was touted which was a complete lie to the American public. What do you not understand that the liberal media worked the election for Obama and caused the decline of the US which is now picking up speed and entering into hyper-destructi on under the failed policies of Obama. Obama now can travel some more on the taxpayers and campaign to tax the wealthy even more. The fix to our problems is to stop giving money away to the losers in life and curtail spending. Get your heads out of your butts and smell the real truth about Obama destroying America.
 
 
+17 # PGreen 2012-11-28 12:15
When FOX won the right to lie in the news-- a law suit in Florida a while back-- that decision was applauded by the New York Times and most other establishment media organizations. While 2-party biases within the establishment media industry (some of whom favor Obama in particular ways) are real, I think it would be mistaken to uphold FOX as a model of accuracy. One must approach all these sources critically, as I'm sure you agree.
We don't approach the potential for accuracy until we step outside of the establishment media altogether.
I find that the FOX networks's bias and accuracy, particularly their editorial coverage, is generally worse than most of the other establishment networks, though I doubt that I can convince you of that in a paragraph. (I actually prefer the editorials of the National Review to FOX; I don't agree much, but they are more articulate about their worldview.) However, the other major networks deserve their share of criticism as well.
 
 
+25 # David Starr 2012-11-28 12:38
I would have focused on the topic but, as usual,Robt Eagle doesn't care about content. Rather he uses his usual, simple tit-for-tat argument, combined with noisy finger-pointing and a tone of,"Well, they do it too!"

At least without content, that has got to be the most childish kind of arguing, but you are consistent. Go back to the playground. Recess isn't over yet.
 
 
+7 # ER444 2012-11-28 12:41
OUCH !!!
 
 
+34 # Mannstein 2012-11-28 13:03
GW Bush lied us into an illegal war which killed and maimed thousands of Americans. I'm still waiting for him to be delivered to the International Court in the Hague along with Chenney, Rumsfeld, and the Condolence Lisa.
 
 
+12 # pegasus4508 2012-11-28 21:08
and don't forget his total rejection of the FACTS that a terrorist attach was coming. Add those thousands of Americans killed. FAKE outrage is all Republicans are good for.
 
 
+8 # X Dane 2012-11-30 17:45
Mannstein and pegasus.

What infuriates me is all the times republicans have the enormous nerve to say Bush kept us safe from terrorist attacks!! What the devil was 9-11?????. And they were warned..MANY times.

Remember George Tenet was saying at the 9-11 hearing, that for months before the attack they, CIA, was going around with their "hair on fire", while Bush was playing on his ranch ALL OF AUGUST.

He was getting the presidential daily briefs the whole month, including the PDB saying that Osama Bin Laden DETERMINED to strike INSIDE America????
 
 
+15 # coach777b 2012-11-28 17:06
You may not like the news as reported on MSNBC but I place money that you won't find LIES disguised as news. The reverse is true on FauxNews. The racism is blatant and has been ugly and constant. Ricks got it right!
 
 
+14 # pegasus4508 2012-11-28 21:06
Fox news is the only "NEWS" station that has no idea of what a fact is. ANY fact. Just in case you missed it, on election night, Karl ROVE insisted the FACT that President Obama had been re-elected was false. AND made Fox pull back the original statement. Not a single LEFT wing liberal or progressive has ever had the power to determine what news is, let allow what is FACTUAL. FOX is the REPUBLICAN PARTY TV. Period. Factless, faux outrage, and no class.
Part 2
I cannot believe you are still talking about 4 Americans when under GWB PLEASE use your calculator to add the total from 9-11 PLUS the total killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars. GET outraged over something real. Like war crimes.
 
 
+5 # wminot 2012-11-29 22:04
I think that Rove couldn't believe that Ohio went for Obama because he thought the fix was in with Ohio's crooked Secretary of State.
 
 
0 # wminot 2012-11-29 22:00
Ugh.
 
 
+35 # reiverpacific 2012-11-28 10:35
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
Of course Fox News is biased to the right of the political spectrum. They openly declare that. Why would not MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN admit to the facts presented by Bernard Goldberg in his book, "BIAS...." that they are LEFT of the political spectrum.

To be open about the bias is legally and morally appropriate. To have the bias and deny it ??!! Well, it's legal,
but......

There is no such thing as LEFT journalism, in the USA unless you really dig deep into the "Alternative" spectrum. How else would they attract all these advertisers across the board?
It starts at center-right like Obama and slides rightward from there.
Of course I'm talking in comparison with what is "normal" in other, more progressive and enlightened nations, including currently Conservative Canada where Fox is banned for lying constantly.
Look around a bit mate.
The good news?
Finally, a bit of "Fair and balanced" reporting on "FIX".
 
 
+20 # PGreen 2012-11-28 11:38
"There is no such thing as LEFT journalism, in the USA unless you really dig deep into the "Alternative" spectrum."
Absolutely true since these media networks are essentially businesses that necessarily reflect the perspective and interests of business. Not necessarily in the public interest. There is no solution that I can see involving the current structure of the industry.
As an aside, I advocate moving away from the term, "mainstream media," and perhaps replacing it with the term, "establishment media." The alternative press is starting to reach an audience in numbers that rival the networks, (above) which could make them deemed mainstream-- though unacknowledged as such. (Democracy Now is carried by over 1000 stations. It gives them potential listeners of a million or more on a good day.)
We are entering an era where the establishment media reflects the news of-- and constrains it to-- an increasingly selective sector of society. It is rather remarkable when so much happens that is unknown or distorted to so many. It is partly the reason for the polarization of the country.
 
 
+15 # Javaparty 2012-11-28 17:25
"If GW Bush got four americans killed"..."Quoting PGreen:

You must be joking or blind.GWB got 4000 plus Americans killed and never answered one congressional committe question about the lies and cover ups that led to a neocon inspired war.

"There is no such thing as LEFT journalism, in the USA unless you really dig deep into the "Alternative" spectrum."
Absolutely true since these media networks are essentially businesses that necessarily reflect the perspective and interests of business. Not necessarily in the public interest. There is no solution that I can see involving the current structure of the industry.
As an aside, I advocate moving away from the term, "mainstream media," and perhaps replacing it with the term, "establishment media." The alternative press is starting to reach an audience in numbers that rival the networks, (above) which could make them deemed mainstream-- though unacknowledged as such. (Democracy Now is carried by over 1000 stations. It gives them potential listeners of a million or more on a good day.)
We are entering an era where the establishment media reflects the news of-- and constrains it to-- an increasingly selective sector of society. It is rather remarkable when so much happens that is unknown or distorted to so many. It is partly the reason for the polarization of the country.
 
 
+13 # ericlipps 2012-11-28 14:32
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
Of course Fox News is biased to the right of the political spectrum. They openly declare that. Why would not MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN admit to the facts presented by Bernard Goldberg in his book, "BIAS...." that they are LEFT of the political spectrum.

To be open about the bias is legally and morally appropriate. To have the bias and deny it ??!! Well, it's legal,
but......

Just becvause Bernard Goldberg says the mainstream media are biased to the left, that doesn't make it so--and in fact serius analyses of these networks' coverage suggests they are, if anything, timidly conservative--a nd not so timidly, when it comes to issues such as labor relations. Fox, on the other hand, often proudly ackowledges its right-wing bias, using the ALLEGED leftism of everybody else as an excuse.
 
 
+14 # Linda 2012-11-28 14:37
To lie and call it factual news is not just bias its not factual news and its a lie and there is the difference between Fox and other networks !Fox will tell you a blatant lie if it benefits them, the Republican party or if it smears Democrat's .
BTW CNN is so far to the right to call it liberal left news is just another one of those Fox faux news lies you bobble heads are quoting !
 
 
+6 # maddave 2012-11-28 22:49
moafu:
It's one thing to announce your own bias but it is an an entirely different animal to justify your own biases by imputing equal or more egregious biases to your competition. FOX made it a general policy to label ANY deviation from FOX/Teabag/anti -intellectual orthodoxy ---no matter how valid--- as "Liberal Bias" and those of us with room temperature IQ's --- more here than one would think--- buy right into it.

Example: The FOX/GOP crowd yelled to high heaven over the racism of the relatively obscure "African Americans for Obama", yet not once did I see or hear one word from the right denouncing the virulent and active Arian Nation, KKK, American Nazi Party, etc. Explain THAT one away!
 
 
+2 # kelly 2012-11-29 06:24
And when you call yourself "fair and balanced", you always portray yourself as being biased toward the right of the political spectrum. You have a skewed sense of what announcing one's biases entails.
 
 
0 # Phlippinout 2012-12-03 21:01
I wish they were!
 
 
+67 # Buddha 2012-11-28 08:57
First Rule of GOP Propaganda Club, pretend it isn't the GOP Propaganda Club. Second Rule, call all other media, including the mass corporate owned megamedia outlets, "Liberal".
 
 
+32 # bmiluski 2012-11-28 09:50
I absolutely agree. One of the most brilliant moves of the neo-cons was to convince everyone that the murdock owned media is "liberal".....
 
 
+26 # freeportguy 2012-11-28 09:03
Actually, he was wrong: the GOP is a Wong of Fox!

Otherwise how can you explain Christie jumping on the phone to call Murdoch immediately after his public display of cooperation with Obama? Why would he have to kiss Murdoch's ring and explain his "faux pas"? That picture alone was pretty telling!
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-12-01 07:08
Murdoch gave that public display because he needs Obama and the FCC to approve his buying of the largest newspapers in Chicago and LA. They both had been critics of him (Murdoch) so he want to buy them and turn them into rags like he has done with the NY and British papers he bought.
 
 
+42 # wwway 2012-11-28 09:18
I'm happy to see that some are brave enough to tell the truth. It's no secret that FOX News was created to be the propaganda machine of the rich and the Republican party serving the rich. It's been admitted that it just "makes stuff up." It spends no money on investigative journalism or international journalism corps. I also find their Business news decieving as it supports de-regulation of financial services and promotes financial and investment schemes. Fox and the Republican party teamed up to promote a conservative agenda using propaganda techniques that would make Hilter's propaganda team beam with pride and green with envy.
We're not finished with FOX. It looks like the FCC will cave to allow more media into Murdock's empire.
 
 
+38 # Todd Williams 2012-11-28 09:19
Why should the others not admit it? Because they are not openly biased during their news segments. As a journalist, I am appalled by Faux News' blatant disregard for journalism ethics. I took a course in Ethics of Journalism in college. Apparently those at Faux News never heard of such a course. Disgusting!
 
 
+6 # NOMINAE 2012-11-28 21:43
Quoting Todd Williams:
Why should the others not admit it? Because they are not openly biased during their news segments. As a journalist, I am appalled by Faux News' blatant disregard for journalism ethics. I took a course in Ethics of Journalism in college. Apparently those at Faux News never heard of such a course. Disgusting!


Geez, Mr. Williams, what makes you think that the employees at Faux even *WENT* to college ? Pat Roberts "U", perhaps, but *college* ?

And since when does the field of journalism and that of blatant propaganda have that much in common, other than insofar as both attempt to influence public perception with *wildly* divergent end-game goals in mind ?

Good to hear from a REAL journalist here !
Thanks for you comment.
 
 
+2 # wminot 2012-11-29 22:11
Geez, Mr. Williams, what makes you think that the employees at Faux even *WENT* to college ? Pat Roberts "U", perhaps, but *college* ?

Rick Santorum would shriek SNOB! at your wonderful remark. Hopefully we will never hear from him again.
 
 
+30 # Rich Austin 2012-11-28 09:28
…”Analyst Calls Fox a Wing of the Republican Party, On the Air”

Tom Ricks said it clearly. He exposed FAUX’s right-wing bias.

That the major networks failed to report Ricks’ calling out of FAUX is regrettable.

Go to Democracy Now, Link TV, Bill Moyers, and yes, tune in to “We Do The Work” on KSVR(ksvr.org) 91.7 FM at 5:00 PM on Mondays (Tuesdays at 4:30 PM beginning January 8, 2013) to get information and comments not otherwise reported by the “free press”.

...except, of course, when you are reading – and supporting – RSN.
 
 
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-11-28 10:23
MSNBC reported it a few days ago.
 
 
+36 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-28 09:29
msnbc has what I would call conservative/ce ntrist hosts until noon; and then it goes more liberal. But one should take into account the freedom from the truth that Fox exercises; that and the 'fair and balanced' myth that Fox attempts to peddle. John Stewart finally got O'Reilly to admit that Fox counterbalances what the right wing perceives as liberal bias. There exists at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda CA a memo to Nixon from one Roger Ailes, who expressed a fantasy to create a right wing media station... Well, Roger, you've managed to help lose another election.
 
 
+37 # rsnJoe 2012-11-28 09:38
Question: Fox News advertisers should be classified as political contributors. No tax deduction. Why should the taxpayers fund Republican propaganda?
 
 
+21 # jjj 2012-11-28 09:38
Not to be overly academic about it:
"well DUH!"
 
 
+20 # MarieLavoe 2012-11-28 10:01
Abosolutely part of the lying, scheeming, twisting republican party.
 
 
+32 # genierae 2012-11-28 10:03
MSNBC has a definite bias, they're biased on the side of the TRUTH. Thanks Martin, Ed, Rachel, Lawrence, Al, Chris M., Chris H., Melissa, Alex, etal! Sometimes they get a little melodramatic, but I love it! I remember the dark days when all we had was Phil Donahue, and he got fired for telling the truth. Chris Matthews was a centrist then, but now he has made a Left turn and I'm very happy that he has wised up.
 
 
+17 # Independentgal 2012-11-28 11:40
Yes, they tell the truth. And if they make a mistake, they apologize and correct the mistake.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-29 06:17
Cool huh? Chris Matthews has a family Republican background. When he saw the turn he took it and did not look back.
 
 
-83 # Joeconserve 2012-11-28 10:08
Fox News has the only true journalists who speak with objectivity. When they don't they let you know they expressing their opinion.
 
 
+37 # AndreM5 2012-11-28 10:21
This is a fine piece of satire. Well done. But it must have been hard to keep a straight face while typing...
 
 
+22 # Independentgal 2012-11-28 11:42
Being brainwashed is what this is all about. Between Fox and Rush, there has been a full-scale propaganda assault that has worked beautifully on a certain segment of society.
 
 
+16 # David Starr 2012-11-28 12:41
@Joeconserve: How long has Fox been paying you to be their "cheerleader?" Well, only the gullible will believe the "fair and balance" of Fox.

Fox: Unfair and Imbalanced.
 
 
+8 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-28 18:19
Joeconservative . There are no two sides to a fact. That is why a fact is called a fact. How can an investigative reported have an opinion with a fact? Fox does not pay their "reporters" to be investigative reporters. That requites a brain. Fox pays their "reporters" to be instigative, not investigative. Ever hear of Bill O'Reilly. He is suffereing from SPIRS. "(S)martest (P)erson (I)n the (R)oom (S)yndrome. He is not that smart. He is simply a bully.
 
 
+6 # pegasus4508 2012-11-28 21:13
Are you on crack? I don't think a single fox "journalist" ever attended college, let alone majored in journalism. I would say I have never seen an opinion presented as fact, but the truth is 5 mins of FOX makes me sick to my stomach. That kind of lying is sick, twisted and evil.
 
 
+7 # kelly 2012-11-29 06:46
I never watched it live. But I must tell you, I went back and watched a few parts during the election this year. A couple of the debates and and then I went back and had to look up the parts were Rove drooled all over himself during the election returns. Having survived through the years here when Rove raped Texas like Ted Bundy going after University of Florida students, it was most gratifying to see the little weasel squirm. Other than that I wouldn't watch FOX if you paid me.
 
 
+6 # reiverpacific 2012-11-30 18:33
Quoting Joeconserve:
Fox News has the only true journalists who speak with objectivity. When they don't they let you know they expressing their opinion.

Gosh, there ARE aliens among us!
I guess that conservative Canada has banned them for "being objective".
How are things on Alpha Centauri 111?
 
 
+27 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-28 10:24
Dirty Business-McCain . He and a few other "abused children senators" appear to want to block Susan Rice's nomination with the
expectation that perhaps Kerry would then be the the Secretary of State candidate. Kerry's senate seat would be vacant, cause an election to fill Kerry's seat.Republi
(cons) would throw lots of money to attempt to pick up an extra senate seat. A good honorable woman, Susan Rice may get crushed in the deal. Republi(cons) are really bastards.
 
 
+8 # X Dane 2012-11-28 16:50
Eldon J. Bloedorn.

....and the news in that is??? Just kidding.
They are trying hard. Let's hope they won't succeed.

I heard something interesting this morning.
In CASE Kerry becomes sec. of state or defense...Gover nor Deval Patrick could take his seat, O R... appoint Robert Kennedy's grandson, congressman Joseph?? Kennedy.

How about them apples? another generation Kennedy.... in uncle Ted's seat. That might make the republicans explode.....I'd love to see that.
 
 
+7 # maddave 2012-11-28 23:14
How 'bout a re-play of the Elizabeth Warren coup: after losing the appointment due to GOP bias, she went home & knocked off a GOP incumbent Senator. I suspect Susan Rice is fully capable of that same stunt! The Repub's have 45 targets for her to choose from, and about half will be running in '14.

I'll contribute to the cause,

Paybacks are always fun, ain't they?
 
 
+14 # Philothustra 2012-11-28 11:10
Good point, Eldon. Cain is suddenly on board with Kerry, after the 2004 campaign where the
rightwing "swiftboated" candidate Kerry as a liar and traitor?"Too thin, rooster,too thin!"
On the other side of the coin, Obama is promoting Rice primarily because she is a black woman, not a strong candidate for State.
Rice would get "crushed in the deal," which is
a waste of political capital- a single Senator can put the nomination on hold for good. The Repubs have decided this is the only fight they can win, and are digging in. The right
wing claim that Obama "left four dead behind" is so absurd! How bout Bush Cheney leaving 4,000 dead, 40,000 maimed and 400,000 refugees behind in Iraq? Anything to say about that crime against humanity?
 
 
+9 # Independentgal 2012-11-28 11:43
Why do you think Rice is not a strong candidate?
 
 
+8 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-28 18:27
She is a very strong candidate. Rhodes Scholar. Has represented the United States with great distinction as UN ambasador. She is to the Republi(cons) an easy target because she is not white and does not fit in with the GOB (Grumpy Old Bastards) Party. She is also an easy target because if Kerry got the cabinet post, Republi(cons) would throw tons of money to pick up Kerry's senate seat.
 
 
+10 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-28 13:00
Quoting Philothustra:
Good point, Eldon. Cain is suddenly on board with Kerry, after the 2004 campaign where the
rightwing "swiftboated" candidate Kerry as a liar and traitor?"Too thin, rooster,too thin!"
On the other side of the coin, Obama is promoting Rice primarily because she is a black woman, not a strong candidate for State.
Rice would get "crushed in the deal," which is
a waste of political capital- a single Senator can put the nomination on hold for good. The Repubs have decided this is the only fight they can win, and are digging in. The right
wing claim that Obama "left four dead behind" is so absurd! How bout Bush Cheney leaving 4,000 dead, 40,000 maimed and 400,000 refugees behind in Iraq? Anything to say about that crime against humanity?

And we do not want to forget the 400,000 Iraqi's who were killed in the war.
 
 
+7 # X Dane 2012-11-28 17:15
Eldon J. Bloedorn.
I'm afraid your numbers on the Iraqi victims are woefully low. The number of Iraqi death are more like a million and about 2 millions fled the country while about 2 million is displaced INSIDE the country, they fled their homes, when the Sunnis and Shiites were killing each other

....and how about the enormous number of people horribly maimed in the many car bombings and other disasters....so many of them are children.

When we DID mention the Iraqi victims,.. and we did that rarely.... the numbers were always much lower that what was true. It was always about OUR losses.

The number of seriously injured was under told too, particularly in the beginning, when the military was trying to make people believe, that this war was going to be a piece of cake.
 
 
+7 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-28 18:11
Lots of people are not aware that Bush and Cheney used uranium alloy ammunition in Iraq. Called it D U or depleted uranium. Use of this deadly weapon, countless tons of it, has spread radioactive dust over vast areas of Southern Iraq resulting in a 7 to 10 fold increase (not %) reported cancer incidents. Note, what will the new figure look like when all cancer cases are reported? World wide condemnation of these horrible acts. Calling uranium D U,depleted! Right! If it were depleted, it would not be classified as uranium.
 
 
+5 # X Dane 2012-11-28 23:56
Eldon J Mloedorn.

Yes those bastards have an awful lot on their conscience. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to bother them one bit, When Cheney appeared the last few years he was still calling for more war and destruction. What an ugly hateful old man.
 
 
+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-29 09:09
Just recently, Cheney said about military budget cuts, "that is an impediment to another war." Cheney is feeling his ruthlessness. For some time he walked around with a battery operated "turbine" heart pump. Did not have a pulse. Now has a heart transplant. We used to say about Nixon: "if I ever need a heart transplant I would want nixon's heart." Someone would ask "why?" "Because it was a heart that was never used." Well, who would want Cheney's heart? His multiple packs of cigarettes per day and his "conscience" or what there is of it disabled him before his time.
 
 
+16 # wfalco 2012-11-28 11:26
For so many years we were warned about what was to come with all of the "Liberal bias, Liberal bias" hysteria.
These were the little gut punches softening up the masses to accept this notion that all of mainstream news was inherently liberal.This well planned propaganda ploy worked.In comes Fox with all their "fair and balanced" blathering and the masses rejoice. Of course the Puppet Masters of right wing America knew all along Fox was nothing more than their mouthpiece.A perfect fit to secure votes from angry and struggling White America.
 
 
+15 # Tiger Claws 2012-11-28 11:52
FOX News isn't worth watching as it is so patently biased by Murdoch and Roger Ailes toward every aspect , not of the Republican Party, but the extreme right wing element of that party, now renamed The Radical Party. It should have its FCC license revoked. It is a scam in every respect.

Republican Party as we knew it decades ago has vanished. Fox News is eliminated from my ATT U-Verse Guide so it never appears.
 
 
+5 # Philothustra 2012-11-28 12:38
Independent gal-
Because for whatever reason, the Republicans have chosen her to attack Obama. According to
Senate rules, one Republican with committee privileges can put her on the shelf, and thus humiliate Obama or force some other concession.
it has nothing to do with qualifications.
One thing the rightwingers are "right" about:
a U.S. government that doesn't do anything stupid is best. At least Obama will probably not start another war. Maybe a secretary of state who stayed home would be an improvement!
Look how completely we've bungled the Middle East, Iraq, Syria, Palestine/Israe l, on and on and on. Worst of all is the nuclear catastrophe
we've created in Pakistan!
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2012-11-30 18:08
Philothustra.

WOW...that was quite a mouthful...We certainly bungled Iraq, but Syria and Palestine/Israe l??... Israel have NO intention to work on a two state solution.
They simply keep stealing more and more of the Palestinian land, by building settlements.

We had no hand in Syria, and we are trying to help refugees, we don't REALLY know who the "good guys" are, if there are any?

Also how have we created a nuclear catastrophe in Pakistan?? I am not being sarcastic, I do not know, and I would like to know. Many of you commenting here know a lot more than I do, although I try to inform myself, so please tell me.
 
 
+1 # MarieLavoe 2012-12-01 06:19
x Dane, I do worry about pakistan but I believe India will keep them in check.
 
 
+9 # fredboy 2012-11-28 12:53
Fox has long shared zip, no, nada credibility. One puzzle: why are most of the women on Fox made up like whores?
 
 
+10 # Regina 2012-11-28 14:15
Because that's the Republican opinion of women's "place." The rest of the gender gets the non-stop Republican War Against Women, including the only laws they ever pass in R-held states.
 
 
+4 # Erdajean 2012-11-28 17:37
No problem, Fred -- No doubt Fox chose the "Whore Mystique" because of the puny-brain audience they were after.

So who were they attracting with the Cadaver Mystique?" Ann Coulter looks like she just escaped the undertaker, and has been cloned to produce younger facsimiles, rising in her image. Have been amazed at the dead-eyed, coffin-haired duplication, the time or two I was imprisoned in a room with a TV hung near the ceiling, and FOX News in progress.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-12-03 15:43
Sexism lowers one's credibility. Sufficient to say, they are all blondes (of one sort or another) and heavily made up. ça suffit.
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-11-28 13:19
Suggestion for a Christmas song for FIX and the Rethug's.
"---Talking in a Blinkered Blunderland----!"
Words by request, music you probably already know.
 
 
+3 # Philothustra 2012-11-28 13:21
Fredboy, to ask the question is to answer it.
 
 
+6 # WallStWallFlowerGirl 2012-11-28 13:33
Okay, so GOPTV, a.k.a. FOX, is the Tokyo Rose propaganda machine of today; but what does that say about the other major networks refusing to air what Ricks said? Seems to me it would be a perfect time to air a competitors dirty laundry for all to see... and boost some morale for all those watching America held hostage by her captors in plutocracy.

I despise all FOX is responsible for in keeping this nation stupid and divisive- but I don't see any major network willing to call them out. It seems like all the prostitutes of mainstream media are too afraid to reveal the malfeasance of their corporate pimps for fear of losing their lucrative meal tickets.

I'm loving Ricks for having the cahoones to display what too few have these days, a spine, but as long as those who claim their existence as "Not Fox," don't trade a meal for integrity, I haven't any faith in anyone playing journalist on TV.
 
 
+6 # Linda 2012-11-28 14:40
We need more people like this analyst calling them out and speaking the truth when Fox spews their lies !
 
 
+7 # wrknight 2012-11-28 15:56
The only surprise in all this is that it comes as a surprise to anyone.
 
 
+3 # m... 2012-11-28 18:27
Hmmmm... I am skeptical as to the 'White House is taking on Fox..'' kinds of pronouncements.

It seems to me that there was a news article just the other day about how the White House and FCC are possibly in the process as we speak to give Rupert Murdoch the right to acquire even MORE of America's so called '''''Free''''' Press--( I believe the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune?)--- and make them a part of his already vast, imposing, pervasive and highly questionable 'actual-news-an d-free-press' Media Empire.

Now why would a White House supposedly 'taking on Fox News' also agree and even effort to change rules so that the owner of Fox News could acquire even MORE ways to shovel his 'stuff' into the minds of Americans..?

Things just do not add up...

Or if it quacks like a duck...

???
 
 
-11 # JackB 2012-11-28 21:12
I don't see what all the bitching is about. All the other major networks are dedicated to liberal Democrats & are Acolytes in the Divine Barry Adoration Society.
 
 
+7 # America 2012-11-29 04:53
The Fox News channel is just shameless biased garbage.
Bill O'Reilly is a cocky shameless guy who brings people on to try to abuse and insult them if they are not Republican leaning. It is a disgrace how he talks over people and point his fingers in their face.
On election night they, including Karl Rove were publicly exposed as they went into a rant of denial over the results.

However Americans are wiser now and the election results show they are not taken in but the propoganda.

The American system does allow for the extremists and lunatics who continue to get attention on the public platform, strive and make money: Howard Stern, Donald Trump and political deadbeats like John McCain!
 
 
+2 # kyzipster 2012-11-29 05:45
The truth really hurts sometimes, especially when it comes from a family member.

The first step is admitting you have a problem, the alternative is bottoming out and winding up in the gutter. Conservatives need to choose.
 
 
+5 # Big Jake 2012-11-29 07:08
I would further suggest that the Republican party is the politcal apparatus of the elite.
Fox news has usurped the public air waves and is an affront to the First Amendment.
The lies and hatred that they spew has without question worked well. It is truly amazing just how many Americans have bought into at least part of this carefully orchestrated hate machine. While it is true that the majority of followers are like and sometimes the same ones(tea party, bible thumpers, etc.), it has had an enormous effect on our culture and not for the better.
They will continue until we have had enough and stand up to them with a real belief system that reflects real American ideals. Something that for some unexplained reason, the Democrats have been unwilling or incapable of doing. Real family values and the ability to prosper are the basis for our whole unique system of government. The proof lies in the transfer of wealth the began in earnest in 1952, from those who do the work and those who steal the value. It is still fixable but not forever.
 
 
+3 # George D 2012-11-29 19:32
Very well stated, Jake.
You stopped short of saying what I've been saying for a while now; We need an overhaul of the First Amendment, at least at the mega-media level and enforced through the FCC. Provable lies and propaganda should cost a station or a network their license to transmit.
 
 
+3 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-29 13:12
I am inspired by investigative/a nalytical journalists such as Tom Ricks, Matt Taibbi and Chris Hedges who have the intestinal fortitude and both journalistic and moral fiber to speak the truth on behalf of the rest of us ... AND ... to forums such as Reader Supported News which displays the comments and reflects the stance of such journalists. THIS represents: True Patriotism.
 
 
0 # moafu@yahoo.com 2012-11-30 06:40
TO GEORGE D. et al

Revise the 1st Ammendment because of broadcast abuses? The offenses occur on all the networks.....AL L of them.

Anti-trust laws would be the way to stop the media moguls who have thought control and election control in mind.

Remember Glenn Beck and Judge Napoliatano who had their own one hour shows on FOX ?
Both of them aired a two-hour special revealing the offenses and conspiracies of the Federal Reserve Bank, it's history, and it's current subterfuge.

WITHIN ONE WEEK.....BOTH SHOWS WERE CANCELLED !! There are higher and more powerful forces controlling the media than the public figures about whom we read. Very dangerous, very dangerous.

The way to fight the oppressive effort is to educate the children in balanced principles of activity between government and individual rights.

Good thoughts, however....than ks
 
 
+3 # rockieball 2012-11-30 07:11
So what's new? Anyone with an IQ over 10 knows Fox is bias to the right and far right. Also the people who watch it are the least informed people. It's the National Enquirer for the terminally stupid.
 
 
+6 # chinaski 2012-11-30 13:28
Fox News and the Republican Party have moved so far to the right that if you're not a card-carrying, cross-eyed inbred, tea-bagged proto-fascist zombie then you're part of the 'Left', (whatever the hell that means). There is no middle ground anywhere, anymore.
"Either you're with us, or you' re with the terrorists." Remember that little bit of homespun wisdom?
 
 
0 # FactsFirst 2012-12-01 20:57
Thank you, Mr. Ricks. Standing up to a bully is a great thing to watch. Good for the soul of our country.
 

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