But They Play it on TV.
How Dumb is America, anyway?
By Brad Friedman on 10/19/2004, 9:04pm PT  

It's extraordinary, but I still receive Email from folks who really seem to believe that Fox is "Fair and Balanced". They just seem like they favor Republicans, because the rest of the media is so liberal. Or so the folks tell me, many of whom also still believe Dubya is a man of his word and we may still find those WMD's and Saddam probably was involved in 9/11 and things really are going well in Iraq, except for that goddamn liberal media.

Given the real Rightwing bias of that supposedly "Liberal" media, it's probably a waste to even bother debunking the lie that is Fox "News", but sometimes I just can't help myself. After Media Matters documented FNC's "Fair and Balanced" Convention coverage (where they gave 20% more live prime-time coverage to the Republican Convention than they did for the Democrat Convention), it seems they're still at it with just two weeks to go before a national election. Media Matters once again has the proof:

On October 18, President George W. Bush delivered a speech in Marlton, New Jersey, on national security, and Senator John Kerry delivered a speech in Tampa, Florida, on health care. FOX News Channel carried Bush's speech live for 47 minutes --- four minutes more than MSNBC and eleven minutes more than CNN. Before going to live coverage of Kerry's speech, FOX News Channel anchor Martha MacCallum said: "And now we take you directly for fair and balanced coverage in Tampa, Florida, where John Kerry will be speaking moments from now." FOX then carried Kerry's speech live for just under 10 minutes --- 30 minutes less than MSNBC and 25 minutes less than CNN.

Are those that claim to believe Fox is not biased just stupid? Or are they kidding themselves? Or do they know better, but just don't give a fuck? Anything, after all, to win. What do you think?