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June 16, 2009
POLITICS: Fixated On FOX

Mary Katherine Ham on Obama's inability to let go of the media not being unanimous in its fawning adoration of him.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:09 PM | Politics 2009 | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)
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Cheney's standard direction to his advance teams was to be certain that every TV in the hotel room in whihc he stayed was tuned to Fox News. THAT is fixation on Fox -- the anal retentive stage I would say.

Posted by: Magrooder at June 16, 2009 9:57 PM

Its really amazing Crank how the self appointed tolerant open minded "speakers of truth to power" are totally incapable of being honest and just acknowledging that all of their sources of information are biased. Conservatives are bombarded with lefty propoganda 24/7/365, but you know the real biased media outlet, the problematic news outlet is the one national news organization that doesn't tow the Dem line. My God they don't even realize how funny they are.

The Left- No honesty, no consistency, no logic, no honor.

Posted by: dch at June 17, 2009 12:07 AM

Magrooder:

Are you capable of commenting on ANYTHING without making reference to Bush or Cheney?

They're gone. Move on.

Posted by: Joel B. at June 17, 2009 3:25 AM

Are we really surprised that media outlets have a partisan preference? For the most part these outlets are owned by large corporations who are in the business of making money. As long as Obama's popularity stays above 50% then there will be a "pro-Obama" tilt. People like Obama and they are more likely to watch the news if it has positive stories...more viewers = more advertisers = more revenue. If/when Obama's popularity drops below 50% you will see the coverage shift to better reflect viewers preferences. Fox News is the same thing...the bulk of their viewers are conservative so they have a conservative tilt to their programming. More viewers = more revenue.

The primary purpose of the main stream media is not to inform the public (that is just a side benefit), the primary purpose is to make money. When watching mainstream media outlets I always keep this in the front of my mind...that and the fact that they are talking to their audience assuming that they have a 6th grade level of education.

Posted by: CSE at June 17, 2009 1:14 PM

"The primary purpose of the main stream media is not to inform the public (that is just a side benefit), the primary purpose is to make money."

Yes. However they don't act that way. The primary purpose in their minds is to advance the causes of the Democratic Party. Which is why they have been bleeding viewership for 30 years.

Posted by: andrew at June 17, 2009 3:19 PM

His "inability to let go"?? He was *specifically asked* if he thought that media was too soft on him, it's not like he brought it up with no instigation. How does he respond to that question and not bring up Fox News?

I'll never understand why you guys try to go this far with it.

Posted by: MVH at June 17, 2009 4:17 PM

Joel b.,

If you pay attention, you'll see that I did not mention Bush. He has behaved with grace and dignity since leaving office and, as you noted, he's gone.

Cheney, by contrast, is everywhere, trying desperately to salvage some historical legacy and avoid the hangman's noose. When (if?) he does go, I'll leave him alone too.

Can we talk about Ensign, the Promise Keeper, now?

Posted by: Magrooder at June 17, 2009 4:18 PM

Here's a what if scenario for those who think the MSM isn't 100% in the tank:

A major news outlet (Wash Post, CBS, CNN, etc.) gets wind of a Watergate style operation by the Obama White House against Republicans. Do they --

A) Pursue the facts no matter where they lead?

B) Do nothing?

C) Become part of the cover-up?


Right now it'd be a toss up between B&C, but A for damn sure left town six months ago and won't be back 'till the next GOP Administration.

Posted by: ShoelesJoe at June 17, 2009 4:52 PM

I always enjoy this oft repeated crybaby-fest. Right is there with the always credible voices of Limbaugh and O'Lie-ly.

Posted by: jim at June 17, 2009 5:13 PM

I really scratch my head when I see all these media bias comments because I read CNN.com all the time. So when I read CNN's analysis of Obama's financial overhaul, I should expect them to be gushing all over it, right?

Wrong.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/16/news/economy/obama_bank_plan_fix.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2009061714

And this article had a front page link today, I didn't have to dig for it.

Posted by: MVH at June 17, 2009 11:40 PM

Republicans live in a fantasy world. When a democrat wins, they argue that the media was in their hip pocket. When democrats lose, they argue that the people were smarter than the media which pushed for democratic victories. In any event, Fox News is garbage, as are most of the Rupert Murdoch media entities, including the New York Post, which is simply toilet paper with words and pictures. Any TV news channel that relies on a second grade intellect like Sean Hannity as its flagship commentator deserves all the criticism that it gets.

Posted by: steve at June 18, 2009 2:07 PM

Informing the public is not a benefit to the MSM or the corporations that own them.

Posted by: Berto at June 18, 2009 4:56 PM
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