I love how the left in the US gleefully demands public subsidization of NPR as a national priority, despite (or because of) its unmistakable liberal bent, but when a private entrepreneur launches a conservative-leaning news organization with private funds, they can't tear it down fast enough. Howard Dean has said he'd like to break up Fox, which he could legally do, and shut down Fox News Channel, but unfortunately, there's this pesky thing called the First Amendment. Somehow not watching
and letting the market work is not enough.
Is there a conservative/pro-US/pro-Bush bias at Fox News? Yes, although Fox generally reports the same critical stories as CNN or MSNBC; it's more the tone of the presentation that differs from network to network. Just a few days ago, I posted a link to a Fox News story, which was promptly trashed as "Bush damage control." The problem with this view is that the story came word-for-work from the AP; the AP, Reuters, UPI, etc. do most of the writing for any media outlet.
At least Fox isn't making up its own news (anyone remember Jayson Blair and the New York Times?) or getting letters from its own correspondants telling it to stop slanting its war coverage (hello, BBC: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,922206,00.html
). From what a lot of liberals seem to think, especially Europeans, Bill O'Reilly is on leading his panel in sieg heil
s, which is absolutely ridiculous.
Every news organization has a bias, be it liberal, conservative, pro/anti establishment, populist, religious, whatever. The most important thing is to take the news source's biases into account and make up your own mind.
[Edited 2004-01-17 18:27:53]
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