You have to give credit where credit’s due. And when an enterprise like Fox News, that has an unparalleled reputation for mis- and dis-information, actually gets something right, a little positive reinforcement is in order. Especially when the likes of Sean Hannity is reporting this news under the imprimatur of Fox.
Earlier this week, ABC announced that they would be airing a health care themed town hall from the White House. The network advertised the event as a news broadcast that would delve into the pros and cons of the President’s policy.
Fox News, along with their vast network of rightist acolytes, went batty over what they said was “the death of journalism.” Of course, this is something that we at News Corpse have been saying for almost five years now. But the problem that Fox has is that they regard the ABC program as an infomercial for Obama’s plan. They assert that nothing like this has ever happened before.
Once again, Fox News is either pathetically ignorant or desperately dishonest (yeah, I know. It’s both). Last year Fox News broadcast a special from the Bush White House they called “Fighting To The Finish.” And there was also their highly promoted exclusive, “Dick Cheney: No Retreat.” These are just two blatant examples of hypocrisy by Fox. There are many more incidents of Fox serving as the PR agency for the Republican Party. But somehow, ABC having a town hall where they assert that multiple views will be discussed, is an abomination that (finally) heralds the end of journalism.
I guess that I should just be satisfied that they are acknowledging something close to reality at all. Even though they don’t grasp their own role in journalism’s demise.