Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fox News in a nutshell

There's been a lot of heated debate about the bias of Fox News. Studies have been done, polls of their viewership have been taken, all leading to different conclusions depending on what you want to hear.

But I just flipped through a segment of the idiotic show "Studio B with Shephard Smith" and found what is perhaps that simplest, best example of the indisputable right-wingedness of FNC. The particular segment was about a new Massachusetts law that would require all residents to have healthcare. To analyze the law, the host of the show had on one, and only one, guest: Michael Tanner, a fellow from the libertarian Cato Institute. Here's how he summed up the Massachusetts policy:
This represents an unprecedented level of intrusion into individual decision making.
The host, Smith, simply responded with, "Alright, well we'll keep an eye on this and see what happens. Michael Tanner, thank you for joining us."

The end. No counter argument. No opposing view. No one praising the merits of universal healthcare. Just a single analyst from a libertarian think tank.

Fair and balanced as always.


At April 05, 2006 10:50 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

Fox News is undoubtedly biased. However, the greatness of America lies in the fact the Bill of Right guarantees free speech. However, it is quite sad and disturbing when institutions that are supposed to reveal the truth creates their version of the truth. In essence, these institutions have betrayed the trust that the American public has given them. I am grateful for relatively unbiased news sources such as the BBC and Reuters.


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