I guess if you are a “fair and balanced” outfit like FOX News you certainly have to go to the mats to defend your right to be called “fair and balaced”, and make sure you tell everyone that you are “fair and balanced” because after all, it is unlikely that TV news viewers or readers could figure just who is “fair and balanced” all on their own.
In a CNBC interview yesterday President Obama was asked about the apparent love affair the press seems to have with his administration. He noted that it has not all been a bed of roses, “I’v got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration. That is a pretty big megaphone. You would be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front”
Well, the FOX morning trio of yakkity heads jumped on the defensive. Anchor Steve Doocy said that “outside of FOX news you don’t hear a lot of criticism of Obama.” One of the anchors also said that they have to balance out “the other networks that are only covering positive stories.” Now what kind of a crazy comment is that? If you call yourself “fair and balanced” it is supposed to be in the confines of YOUR OWN PROGRAMMING you don’t balance yourself against other news entities. So that if their are five positive CNBC stories FOX has to come back with five negative stories? That is essentially what they are saying.
The FOX morning yakkity heads also said that “one network is a cheerleader for Obama,” and all they cover is the positive Obama stories. So what? What is this the knock down a competitor to build yourself up stuff? Then of course, Greta Van Susteren of FOX says on her blog that journalists should challenge politicians and get information and blah…blah…blah… and that Obama should come on FOX and all that open a dialog stuff . Why can’t T.V. newspeople just use the word talk. All this really boils down to is ego.
FOX was more or less singled out by the President of the United States , as being less than “fair and balanced” . He appears to be well liked by many, and his opinion holds a lot of weight. Fair and balanced or not.