“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”
This entire article is worth reading, but the above quote kind of speaks for itself, don’t you think?
Anita Dunn cries, “They aren’t being nice to my boss!” Or at least, that’s what it should sound like.
Here are a few quotes from David Gergen,
The press always has the last barrel of ink.
Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser
and Nia Malika Henderson.
Obama’s only been a boon to their ratings and I don’t understand how this kind of escalation of rhetoric and kind of taking them on, one on one, would do anything other than escalate their ratings even more
But, if you trust the analysis of the Pew Research Center, here is the real story (emphasis mine):
a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News’ stories on Obama’s Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.
On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories — a spread of 59 points.
I’m partisan and I’ll admit it, so I would prefer to see positive stories about my team and negative stories about the other team. However, as a reporting organization it’s their job to cover all the stories and I (grudgingly) accept that. If you’re going to pride your organization on “fair and balance” it seems like (according to this study) Fox News has done an admirable job. I wish the same could be said of the other (so-called) news organizations.