This is one area I think the President should just leave alone. While it's not the first time he's referred to Fox News (indirectly) as "talk radio on TV", fighting with them does him no good. Fox News will conduct their affairs as they see fit. Ostracizing them won't change much. You might be able to scare FoxNews into softening their tone alittle just so they'll be brought into this political story or that one as feed directly from the White House, but such a strategy is more likely to make Fox News push harder.
Nothing good can truly come of this.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
White House Press Pool Stands Up For Fox News
Unfortunately the white house pay czar press conference went ahead after a near revolt of the media so your goal of halting disinformation failed miserably.
Anyone who criticizes him loudly enough to be heard. There are no exceptions.
This was all evident through the campaign, where he and his allies tried, through intimidation and even legal means, to silence his critics. Ask Stanley Kurtz.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
The morning section is news just like anywhere else. It is the same on the other cable stations except with opposite opinion pieces.
Interestingly enough, I do think FOX news and its obvious slant DOES need to be talked about.
This is not an attempt to say that everything coming out of FOX is worthless. Far from it. However, FOX is the first modern news station to openly embrace a politicial slant. There is not even the pretense of impartiality in FOX's presentation of the news.
FOX routinely charges the rest of the media as being biased, and yet it is FOX that has deliberately embraced bias? Curious.
I would challenge anyone to make the case that NPR's story on Afghanistan below has a liberal bias that FOX needs to counter.
FRONTLINE: obama's war: watch the full program online | PBS
FOX may be the only current news organization to have openly embraced bias, but it is hardly the first time a news outlet has embraced bias. Earlier in our countries history, the practice was quite common. It was called yellow journalism. There is a reason that these yellow practices were swept aside in the profession, and the unbiased presentation of the news is necessary and critical to the functioning of a democracy.
I worry about FOX's overt embracing of a particular point of view because it undermines journalisms role in our society. Obama may be tackling the problem in the wrong manner, which is almost certainly true, but the concern of a deliberately biased press is a valid one.
Can FOX be fair and balance and openly embrace bias? What facts go unreported? What scrutiny does the Republican party fail to get when FOX is looking? Are we in danger of both parties feeding priviledged information to their journalistic mouth pieces? Do we really want journalism sources that are tied to political parties? Is that good for America?
Fox does have many of it's employees on talk radio:
Napolitano, Kilmeade, Colmes, Beck, Hannity, Gibson and more.
I like the Brian & The Judge show myself. I think it's the best one on Fox Radio.
I would also add that a very prominent liberal talk radio host, Alex Bennett, said that Fox was "the most professional" cable news organization that he'd appeared on. Bennett had also been on MSNBC and CNN; he called their professionalism "amateur" compared to Fox. He also believed that Fox did have more fair news coverage than CNN or MSNBC.
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