Tuesday, September 30, 2008

FOX "News" Calls a Clear Win a "Split"

MSNBC has gotten a tremendous amount of heat of late from conservatives who lambaste them for their bias. They're supposedly "in the tank" for Barack Obama, because they have two--count 'em, two--left-leaning hosts. They might have a point were it not for a couple of things.

First of all, conservatives have long claimed that NPR, CNN, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and many other media outlets are "liberally biased." Assuming that's true (not that I believe it is), how does that make MSNBC different then? And then there is the criticism of giving Rachel Maddow her own show, when she is a progressive radio host, and therefore biased. Horrors! Let me rattle off a few conservative radio hosts who have (or used to have) their own shows on cable news: Tony Snow, Brian and the Judge, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. So much for reason two.

But the biggest and most egregious reasoning is actually a counter-claim--by the same people--that FOX "News" is fair and balanced, and not in the tank for John McCain. This despite just about every program on the channel showing blatant bias in many, many ways. NewsHounds is a website dedicated to "watching FOX so you don't have to," and there I found just the latest example. Watch as the reporter calls an almost unanimous vote for Barack Obama as a "split vote." Priceless.

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