April 18, 2005


Fox's Sandstorm (William Raspberry, April 18, 2005, Washington Post)

The in-your-face right-wing partisanship that marks Fox News Channel's news broadcasts is having two dangerous effects.

The first is that the popularity of the approach -- Fox is clobbering its direct competition (CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, etc.) -- leads other cable broadcasters to mimic it, which in turn debases the quality of the news available to that segment of the TV audience.

The second, far more dangerous, effect is that it threatens to destroy public confidence in all news.

The latter, I admit, is more fear than prediction, but let me tell you what produces that fear. Fox News Channel -- though the people who run the operation are at great pains to insist otherwise -- is deliberately partisan.

He means openly, not deliberately. People trust Fox more precisely because it announces its biases--like thinking America should prevail in the war or that Palestinian bombers are terrorists--than they do the MSM outlets that pretend they're nonpartisan, lying either to themselves, to us, or both.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2005 8:27 AM

It's amazing that with basically five other sources of national TV news -- ABC, CBS, the NBC-MSNBC combo, PBS and CNN -- the liberals go absolutely wild about the mere existance of Fox News, while at the same time seeing nothing partisan at all in the comments of a Judy Woodruff, Keith Olbermann or the story selection and wording on the evening newscasts.

Posted by: John at April 18, 2005 9:17 AM

Once people get used to hearing the truth whether at Fox News, the internet, talk radio, or books, they won't accept lies and propaganda from other "news" outlets.

Liberals with integrity admit their error and seek to learn the truth, others like Raspberry can't accept that the liberal agenda is lies and propaganda, so they just keep on spinning the same old party line and will keep on doing it until they go on to that big socialist paradise in the sky.

Posted by: erp at April 18, 2005 10:20 AM

"The second, far more dangerous, effect is that it threatens to destroy public confidence in all news."

Threatens? It's already happened; thanks to MSM.

Posted by: Genecis at April 18, 2005 11:45 AM


Not just thanks to Old Media, but to the release of differing points of view via Fox News and the blogosphere. That's precisely why progressives react so strongly to Fox News, even though it's just one of many. It's the only that's let the cat out of the bag about how biased all Big Media is.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 18, 2005 12:47 PM

When my liberal friends complain about Fox, I offer to trade control of Fox's content for any of the three major networks'. They have no idea just how small Fox's audience is compared to ABC, etc. Is Fox biased? Sure, just like they all are. Except Fox will put on representatives of differing viewpoints. They'll get pounded but at least they get airtime.

Posted by: Rick T. at April 18, 2005 1:09 PM

Let's not forget NPR. By not including it in the mix, all those stats about listern-share are a joke.

And if the Left gets their way and manages to revive the "Fairness Doctrine", you can be sure that NPR will be exempt.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 18, 2005 1:20 PM

They should be scared. For decades, liberals had a lock on practically every form of news, commentary or opinion. This allowed them to create widespread preference falsification.

Martin Luther King explained this concept:

"Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideas hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different."

Its all collapsing now around there heads. The MSM has no idea why they went from beloved to despised in so short a period of time. What they fail to recognize is that we never really liked them in the first place.

Posted by: AML at April 18, 2005 3:13 PM

"The second, far more dangerous, effect is that it threatens to destroy public confidence in all news."

Everyone should welcome Raspberry back to planet Earth. Obviously, his oxygen level has been diminished lately, since he doesn't have a clue as to why Fox News is topping the ratings...could it be the public has lost confidence in liberal dominated media, of which he is a card carrying member.

Posted by: Tom at April 18, 2005 7:04 PM

Drat, now there are multiple Toms here. We're going to have to start qualifying ourselves, as Tom C. in Stanford (or wherever) does.

Tom in NY

Posted by: Other Tom at April 18, 2005 8:16 PM

To get back on topic, it's beatiful to see how apap;ectic the Left is at the development of alternative media. The alternatives must really be having an effect to get them so overwrought!

Posted by: Tom in Ny at April 18, 2005 8:17 PM