Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why Are So Many Romney Operatives Part of FOX "News"

I almost didn't run this piece, because I tend to over-rely on Rachel Maddow Show clips. But I can't think of another time when a prominent newsy-type person mentioned this subject, and it's one that has ground my gears so hard they're more like washers.

That is: Why does FOX "News" employ operatives of a campaign and/or SuperPACs who are supporting one of the two major candidates, and then seemingly pretend that they're just commenting as a pundit? I'll actually give Rachel half a demerit here, picking a clip of Karl Rove when he was specifically pointed to as the man-behind-the-ad being discussed. Usually, Rove is merely a paid pundit, singly or on a panel, and his connection to the actual campaign is unacknowledged or glossed over.

But it ain't just Turd Blossom. The FOX roster is filled to the gills with Romney people. I mean, did you even know that Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife was a Romney operative, and FOX contributor (or that turtle boy had a wife at all)? This is not entirely new, of course. When the roster of GOP presidential contenders was still shaking out, FOX was employing, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum, all of whom were possible players, two of whom actually ran. But I'm not sure they've ever had this level of weddedness to a particular campaign. Isn't this a conflict of interest, at least?

Remember this, next time somebody says that MSNBC is just the liberal version of FOX.

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