Thursday, March 04, 2010

Palin: ‘I joined Fox’ because there’s too much ‘opinion interjected in hard news’ in the mainstream media.

This is demonstrably laughable.

PALIN: I studied journalism, my college degree there in communications. And now I am back there wanting to build some trust back in our media. I think the mainstream media is quite broken and I think there needs to be the fairness, the balance in there — that’s why I joined Fox. Fair and balanced, yes. You know because, Jay, those years a go that I studied journalism it was all about the who, what, when, where, and why, it was not so much the opinion interjected in hard news stories. … As long as there is not the opinion under the guise of hard news stories — I think there needs to be clear differentiation.
Yeah, 'cos Fox never ever include opinion under the guise of news in their stories. They simply found the Tea Party movement more interesting and vital than any other news organisation did.
Fox News is making a mockery of its famous slogan, the progressive media watchdog says:
Despite its repeated insistence that its coverage is "fair and balanced" and its invitation to viewers to "say 'no' to biased media," Fox News has frequently aired segments encouraging viewers to get involved with "tea party" protests across the country, which the channel has described as primarily a response to President Obama's fiscal policies.

The Media Matters item goes on to beat up Fox for dozens of recent on-air statements it views as too favorable of the tea party movement, such as Glenn Beck's exhortation to "celebrate with Fox News" on tax day.

There are many reasons that Palin could have given for wanting to join Fox News, but to argue that she is doing so because she objects to opinion being interjected into hard news stories is simply laughable.

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