That just makes them look like GOP suckups, Mock, which is what the left believes they are. Just out of curiousity, though,...
Did the left think Chris Wallace was a right-winger when he worked at ABC News?
Did they think Geraldo Rivera was a right-winger when he worked at ABC News and MSNBC?
Did they think Greta Van Sustren was a right-winger when she worked at CNN?
Fox (Murdoch, Ailes, etc) essentially exploited a niche that was available to themselves - a tv channel that gave the news from another prespective than the middle-left or the far left. As they have grown, they've become less right-wing than when they began. And since their numbers now exceed that of CNN and MSNBC *combined*, there was obviously a market for what they offered. That alone should tell any objective observer that the notion of a leftward biased media had legitimacy.
While their primetime lineup draws their best ratings, what they do for those three hours doesn't really qualify as news for the most part. Bill O'Reilly does his Howard Beale schtick (see "Network", 1977), Hannity and Colmes is basically screaming heads ala the old CNN Crossfire and Greta's show is always the same pack of lawyers yammering about the sensational police case/trial du jour. It's entertainment more than news and that, in its own way, is a disappointing look at what cable news has become. We interrupt this yellfest to give you a few headlines at the top of the hour and now back to our screaming heads.
And in an eerie similarity to Howard Beale's show, Paula Zahn even had interviews with psychics during the Chandra Levy disappearance. I still can't believe a credible news network would do something like that but ALL the networks have done something as foolish at one time or another. CNN painted happy faces on Iraqis in order to curry favor with Saddam. NBC rigged trucks to blow up in order to do a story about side collisions. ABC staged fake sanitation violations in order to put a non-union chain of supermarkets in a suspicious light. The list goes on and on.
The problem is that tv news is in the entertainment business. Their "worth" is ultimately based on ratings: how many eyeballs they can glue to the set in any half hour. So the integrity of news divisions are always selling their souls for another ratings point just like "CSI" or "Malcolm In The Middle" does.
There was a time when news was expected to be a loss leader but was needed to lend authenticity and respectability to a network. But that's no longer true and is most pointedly so when CBS opts to show a re-run of "Survivor" instead of a presidential news conference or all the nets agree to give you just abbreviated highlights of the two major political conventions.
There's a lot wrong with tv news that is no more the fault of Fox News than any of the others. Fox has just figured out a formula that draws more viewers for the moment. In time, somebody will find an even better formula that will probably involve even less real news.
Last edited by TexanBob; 08-04-2004 at 01:07 AM..