From Eric Alterman in his latest column at The Nation:
” . . . at least twenty Fox News personalities have endorsed, raised money for or campaigned for Republican candidates or causes, or against Democratic candidates or causes, in more than 300 instances and in at least 49 states”—and they have been routinely advertised as Fox News personalities while doing so”
Alterman and Bob Somersby at The Daily Howler – and, once upon a time a blog called Media Whores Online which went ‘out to pasture’ a few years ago – instructed me over the last decade on the nuances of observing our mainstream media at work. And it’s not pretty – because they neither understand their jobs nor do a credible job. Facts are scrambled and rarely corrected. Anchors are ignorant of the subjects on which they interview their guests. And always – always – they are more interested in themselves, in each other and in their narrow little media/beltway world than in informing their viewers.
In today’s column, we learn of a recent beltway party “in which “a couple hundred influentials gathered for a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party for Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of ‘Meet the Press.’ Held at the Washington home of the lobbyist Jack Quinn, the party was a classic Suck-Up City affair in which everyone seemed to be congratulating one another on some recent story, book deal, show or haircut.”
No wonder they haven’t the time to do any real reporting.
But, Alterman points out that it’s Fox News – with its public advocacy – that operates on an altogether different ‘journalistic’ planet. I’m reminded of a recent post here in which Rupert Murdoch, when asked to name a moderate or liberal on his network, thought a while and said “Greta! Greta VanSustren”. Whose husband works for Sarah Palin.