Fair and Balanced, Fox Style

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Everyone should know by now, that the premier news organization in the U.S. is Fox News. What’s that? You don’t? How could you not know? They even tell you how unbiased they are. All the time. On every program. They even, helpfully, put it on almost every ticker, “Fair and Balanced”. Consider yourself informed.

Fox News GOPWhen Fox News called out the “liberal, biased media” for being irresponsible in their coverage of the Ferguson protests and fanning the flames of intolerance, we all should have been grateful. Even that liberal hack Jon Stewert had to concede how boldly unbiased their media coverage was. This brave organization, filled with courageous individuals who care absolutely nothing about political or ideological motivations, are moved purely by an almost angelic force, to provide only the news and to never inject personal opinions perpetuating stereotypical class divisions among the citizens of the country.

Ok, that’s enough of that. We’ve all, at some point, witnessed their pure and unadulterated, ideologically motivated news coverage. One only has to think for a moment before coming up with a solid example of their vehement refusal to adhere to even a shred of journalistic integrity. They are justly famous for this very thing.

Jon Stewert, for example, demolished Fox and called out their purely ideologically driven rhetoric over the aforementioned Ferguson coverage, and the video in which that glorious evisceration takes place, I’ll embed at the end of this post.

Josh DuggarNow, we have another shining example of Fox New’s Fair and Balanced coverage. Only this time, in the coverage of the Family Research Council member, Josh Duggar, who recently resigned amid the Right’s newest sexual abuse scandal. It’s not like something of this sort is much of a shock. In truth, it isn’t even that out of the ordinary for the ultra-conservative right. Some of the conservatism’s most vocal opponents to social rights issues, like Ted Haggard, have fallen to scandal over the years. Haggard himself, who was leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, was outed for purchasing crystal methamphetamines and was accused by a male prostitute of paying him for sex over the course of three years.

This newest round of journalistic cognitive dissonance on the part of Fox News should come as no great shock. Fox never misses a chance to cover every misstep that president Obama makes but if it’s one of the godly, you’ll barely here a whisper. Media Matters takes notice of this very thing in a tumblr post on the 29th. Media Matters points out that Fox spent less that two minutes covering the Duggar scandal and then pointing out the irony of the nature of the scandal itself, “Josh Duggar was the head of the Family Research Council’s (FRC) political wing. FRC, an anti-gay hate group that routinely links homosexuality to pedophilia and describes LGBT people as a threat to children, are a regular fixture on Fox News“. Perhaps it’s easy to see why Fox breezed over the fact that the man who, along with Fox, claims that homosexuality leads to pedophilia and is a direct threat to children, was himself exposed for doing that very thing.

Here’s the promised video of Stewert on Fox New’s Fair and Balanced coverage of Benghazi and their hypocrisy over the Ferguson protest coverage.

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