The Reverend Al Sharpton may replace Cenk Uygar at MSNBC’s 6 PM time slot reports Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid rag, the New York Post but that isn’t the only Murdoch property sniffing up Sharpton’s butt on this story. Fox News Watch, ironically a media bias watchdog show that’s one of the more conservatively biased programs GOP TV carries, is all over it as well. Fox News Watch is less interested in discussing the facts but having a partisan political hootenanny attacking the notion.
Notice that “fair and balanced” Fox News needs a ‘liberal’ to legitimize both their fairness and their balance. Enter Kirsten Powers, a Clintonite, who has since realized how rich the milk coming from Murdoch’s tit is. She’s not only drawing a fat Fox News paycheck but double-dipping in the News Corp trough over at the New York Post. While I can’t say she never makes a decent liberal point, she knows well the tolerance levels of the conservative Fox News audience and plays the game accordingly. In this clip you wouldn’t know she had any liberal leanings if I hadn’t already clued you into her Fox News Watch role.
Is the Reverend Al biased? Undoubtedly. He’s the typical team sport pundit who’ll do anything to make an argument defending fellow liberals even if his arguments are thin at best. Yet the obvious irony here is Fox News Watch is loath to criticize anyone except the usual liberal suspects conservatives froth and foam over. I’ll wear out my fingers citing right-wing hosts featured on Fox News such as Bill ‘Papa Bear’ O’Reilly (The O’Reilly Factor), Sean Hannity (Hannity), Greta Van Susterin (On The Record), Neil Cavuto (Your World), Greg Gutfeld (Red Eye), Mike Huckabee (Huckabee), Jon Scott (News Watch), Gretchen Carlson (Fox & Friends), Steve Doocy (Fox & Friends), Brian Kilmeade (Fox & Friends), Jeanine Pirro (Justice with Judge Jeanine), Brenda Buttner (Bulls & Bears), David Asman (Forbes On Fox), Oliver North (War Stories), Paul Gigot (Journal Editorial Report) and so on.
Perhaps the media watchdog hounds at Fox News Watch will turn a similar critical eye to their own new show The Five. A lame concept where a rotating panel of 5 Fox News second-stringers rapid fire talking points over red meat conservative topics. If you look at their website it looks like a “fair and balanced” line-up of liberals (the Fox News analyst version of liberal) and conservatives. However, if you witnessed Bob Beckel last week in his continual lament it’s a 4:1 right-wing pile on travesty you can pretty much see where that show’s format is headed: Just another featured Fox News conservative propaganda mill. As if the network needs another one!