Even Fox News’ Reporters Can See the Obvious Given Enough Time
It’s no accident that Fox News is running more entertainment and feel-good stories lately, their reputation as a news organization took a shellacking this last election cycle. Fox News got just about everything wrong, from pundits predicting a Romney landslide to on the air fiascoes of political operatives like Karl Rove challenging on air reporting.
Three recent episodes illustrate the point. Fox aired 27 minutes of Obama speaking during four days just before the election – compared to 168 minutes of Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America noted. Author Thomas Rick’s interview on Fox last week was abruptly cut short when he accused the network of “operating as a wing of the Republican Party” with its coverage of the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fox News chief Roger Ailes encouraged David Petreaus to run for president, although Ailes said he was joking. Read more at AP
Fox’s White House correspondent, Ed Henry, fesses up as well. Regarding the saturation coverage Fox News dolled out over the Benghazi issue, Henry says, “I wouldn’t lie to you. I see that we’re covering Benghazi a lot, and I think that should be something that we’re asking about… But I would not be so deluded to say that some of our shows, some of our commentators, have covered it more than it needed to be covered.”
It’s good that Henry has diagnosed the problem. It may be too little too late, however, as most of America has made up their minds about the faux news channel. It’s hard to regain a reputation for fairness once you’ve slobbered your biases all over yourself.