Fair and balanced?
I'm wondering what people's opinions here are towards FOX "News"....Do you think it has contributed to the deterioration of political discourse in America and the general dumbing dpown of the population....or do you beleive that it is a useful and necessary counterweight to some sort of vast left wing conspiracy going on in the "lamestream" media?
(BTW....I always shake my head at the fact that FOX peoople don't think they are part of the mainstream media given their ratings).
I know some may object to the source I am posting but this "pundit prep" document from the RNC to FOX is recently in the news so I think relevant for discussion.
I've long felt that meetings in the FOX hierarchy and punditsphere must revolve mainly about how they can drive the narrative so it works for their role as the unofficial mouthpeice for the Republican Party....Not so much about the news per se....but how to minimize any news favourable to the Democrats/left....and how to deliberately hype up anything that would reflect well on right wing ideology (and if there's nothing....make it up).
I suffer from no illusions that the media/press can always retain total objectivity or that unintentional bias will creep in even for the most concientious reporter....However, with FOX I think it's completely deliberate and I think that their not even trying to tell the truth.
I also don't believe that the Tea Party was "grassroots"....they had a whole network and its website promoting events, supplying maps and directions and providing FOX "News" celebrities to appear at Tea Party rallies....Heck! They were even urging people to go. Not something done by the so called leftwing media when they reported on the OWS. gatherings.