Fox News should be required to register as a 527
by Drummond, Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 06:52:00 PM EDT
Having missed the events of the day live, I've spent the past couple of hours flipping between the three cable news networks. For about half the time I watched Fox and I really got a feel for profound difference in coverage between Fox and the other stations.
Not to say that any of the coverage was particularly insightful or brilliant, but on CNN and MSNBC I repeatedly saw clips from Biden's speech followed by talking head analysis of mixed levels of value. In the at minimum 45 minutes of Fox viewing I saw no clips of Biden's speech - not one. I would say about 25 percent of the time was spent on McCain's theme of Biden's former slights about Obama's experience when Biden was running for president. ALL of the rest of the time was spent discussing how much the choice pissed off Clinton supporters, bringing in whatever Democrats they could find to support the meme (Susan Estrich, a former Clinton campaign representative I didn't recognize, etc.) with alleged journalist Geraldo Rivera saying he was "pissed" that Clinton was passed over.
Putting politics aside, are there any conservatives here who truly believe that Fox is anything other than an Republican front effort? Seriously. You don't have to post your names. Do you really believe it's "fair and balanced?" I've watched Fox for years now, and I've never been a fan. But it's not even that it's biased. It appears to be an integral part of the RNC ground game, right down to the campaign strategy. Fox isn't a 527, so it can as a matter of law coordinate with the campaign.
It's amazing watching the Republican spokespeople interviewed on all three networks. They all express deep indignation at the fact that Clinton wasn't even vetted. I hope Hillary Clinton is truly touched by all this Republican compassion and concern for her feelings. Maybe she'll express her gratitude on Tuesday evening.