The "Fair and Balanced" Slogan Lets Them Redefine "Journalism" to Their Own Very Narrow, Right-Wing Constricts
Posted By: Michael Sweeney
May 27, 2010
Note: This is a bit of a continuation of my post from the other day, which took as its leaping-off point the disturbing (but not-all-that-surprising) news that the hard-right FOX News cable network was continuing to alter new footage to suit their completely-bias-driven "reporting" (particularly, in this case, apparently editing applause from cadets out of President Obama’s speech at West Point). If you haven’t read that piece yet, you can access it via this link.
I would also like to give a few credit-where-credit-is-due hat-tips to some friends who got me thinking and then writing (at first, in online comments and e-mails, and then for out here) about this topic. I first got exposed to the latest then-breaking facts behind all of this – and began exploring my disgusted pinion about it – via communications with my friends Laura McNaughton and Jonathan Perkins. And, after I posted yesterday’s piece, those communications continued and expanded…and were also spurred on further by friend Jeff Norman (whose well-thought-out and well-written blog, The Architectural Dance Society, is available here). My thanks to those three (as well as to others who connected to me and commented on or shared my original piece). Thus…here I arrive…
So, as I pointed out in the previous piece, not only do FOX News viewers make the untrue "Well, YOUR side does the SAME thing over at / on / in [fill in the lefty-media blank]" excuse for their "news" source’s fiction, propaganda, and discarding-of-anything-positive-for-Obama / Democrats…They also proudly point to the network’s widely exposed (as well as oft-mocked) slogan, "Fair and Balanced."