Harold Ford Ditches Fox News For MSNBC

Harold FordWhen former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford, Jr. signed on as a Fox News contributor last year, he made himself available to be exploited as a Fox News Democrat. That meant his remarks would be employed to disparage other Democrats and put a bipartisan mask on Fox’s rightist propaganda.

Well, apparently the honeymoon is over. Today Ford appeared on MSNBC’s Race For the White House, David Gregory’s new show. Ford is still a conservative from the Democratic Leadership Council wing of the party, but his views will be taken more seriously as an MSNBC commentator than as a hit man for Fox. Time will tell if he can regain some semblance of a reputation.

The Fox Frame: Propaganda Is Job One

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Former Democratic representative Harold Ford is now a Fox News Contributor. This allows Fox to have a face on screen with a “D” after his name and a derogatory swipe at a leading Democratic presidential candidate in the text below him. “Burgler” is Fox’s pet name for Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor.
Ford also has the privilege of gracing the screen on the day Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize. Fox takes this opportunity to slam Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” with a headline about a British court ruling that the documentary contains some inaccuracies. That ruling, by the way, was widely misinterpreted and does nothing to discredit the film’s overall conclusions.

I wonder if Ford knows how Fox decorated the screen during his broadcast. These examples vividly illustrate why Fox News should be shunned by serious people who don’t want to be taken advantage of by this disreputable purveyor of disinformation. This particular tactic reeks of recess in elementary school when a goofy friend stands behind you making faces. Ford should be ashamed for allowing himself to be used in this manner.