Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fox News continues to demolish the line between "news" and Republican politics

Fox News has added its third potential Republican 2012 presidential candidate (after Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee) to its roster of "analysts" and commentators.

The former Alaska governor will appear as a pundit on various Fox shows, beginning Tuesday on "The O'Reilly Factor," and host an occasional series that was already in the works, "Real American Stories," which will examine inspirational tales involving ordinary citizens who have suffered setbacks. Palin has used similar language in speeches, and apologized during the presidential campaign for referring to small towns as "the real America" and the "pro-America areas of this great nation."

Palin said in a statement that she is "thrilled" to be joining Fox, adding, "It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."
Fox News is an absolute and utter disgrace. Palin is completely unqualified to perform any kind of journalistic function. Fox hired her for the ratings boost and she took the job to help further her political aspirations.

Creating an informed citizenry - the real purpose of true journalism - had nothing to do with this hire.

During the course of her moron meets crazed moron interview with Glenn Beck, she agreed with Beck that unless you share their political views you're going to Hell (because God will be mad that you didn't do enough to stop President Obama from transforming America into a totalitarian Marxist dystopia). She also agreed without hesitation with Beck's conspiracy theory that President Obama is deliberately trying to crash the American economy.

I loved the part where Beck and Palin said they no longer recognize their country. Yes, efforts (however flawed they are) to expand health insurance coverage to more citizens signify the destruction of everything great about America, but people being kidnapped, put in prison without charges, and tortured to death is fine and dandy with them.


Mark Vuletic said...

At last look, Wikipedia comes right out and calls Fox News Channel a "political propanganda channel" on the first line. I wonder when that edit appeared, and how long it will last?

I remember when I used to think Fox News was a breath of fresh air. Was I ever so young and stupid?

Dr. Drej23 said...

Oh how glad I am to be living in Australia. None of this political stupidity.

Hume's Ghost said...

"I remember when I used to think Fox News was a breath of fresh air."

I used to be a fan of Bill O'Reilly - and he was the only news program I'd watch at the time. That was before I realized he was a pathological liar and the Henry Ford of "secular-progressive" hate (not to mention he's a jerk to his guests.)