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I recently got into a somewhat heated argument with a conservative friend of mine about Fox News and whether it was more or less misleading than the other mainstream media outlets. I pointed to the two or three Pew polls that show that Fox News viewers on average were the least likely of all the major news outlets to have a clear understanding of the facts. I argued that MSNBC may on the whole be liberal, but at least they “deal in facts” (i.e. they cite their sources and don’t just make stuff up as they go along, like Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity do). The following video is a great example. Bill O’Reilly attempts to debunk Obama’s assertion that Winston Churchill was anti-torture, even when he was under the most dire of circumstances. Notice how O’Reilly makes statements as if they were fact, with no supporting documentation, and how he distracts his audience by going on tangents that have nothing to do with the torture question. Then watch as Olbermann counters Bill O’s argument with facts and actually cites his sources.
It’s amazing to me that anyone still believes that Fox News is “fair and balanced.” What’s even more amazing is that the same conservative friend watched the documentary “Outfoxed” on my suggestion and agreed with much of what it had to say. Three or four years later, now that Obama is in the White House, that objectivity has vanished.
Don’t bother reconciling the two…it’s impossible.
Wow. Alan Colmes is getting tough!
Here’s a clip of Alan Colmes taking on Sean Hannity and some conservative pundits who were ripping John Edwards for his admitted affair. After we get a typical tirade from Hannity about how we can’t trust someone who hasn’t been true to his wife and family, Colmes seizes on the opening and raises the issue of John McCain’s admissions that he was not faithful to his first wife.
Hannity goes crazy, arguing that this was thirty years ago and that McCain was a prisoner of war. Of course, he has a point. I don’t think we should disqualify a candidate for issues like this, particularly when it happened years ago. But, Hannity and other moralists are more than happy to scream for bright-line moral tests when they apply to Democrats, but they won’t apply the same standards to their side.
Colmes let’s him have it, and he doesn’t back down. He’s taken plenty of flack over the years for being the liberal stooge on Fox, but this clip shows that he does have his moments.
Hat tip: Fark