What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Unfair and Biased: Coming Soon

I'm working on the new column, which will be an analysis of Fox News' coverage of the Democratic National Convention.  The fun part now is getting transcripts...but once I have those I'll show just how biased Fox News is.  When you ridicule the people involved in something you're covering, well, I think that demonstrates bias, don't you?  The Fox News crew covering the convention have not exactly displayed "fair and balanced" reporting of the convention. 

Get Outfoxed!  Now!

I've mentioned Outfoxed before.  It's the new documentary by Robert Greenwald that takes a look at the Fox News machine to show just how unfair and biased they are.  There are plenty of interviews with former Fox News producers and contributors, and they're interesting to watch, but the footage from Fox News is the star of the show.  Seen in this context it is so obvious that Fox News is anything but "fair and balanced."

Take Carl Cameron, the chief political correspondent for Fox News.  Outfoxed shows footage of Cameron with George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential race.  The two are caught in conversation by a live satellite feed, chatting away.  It turns out that Cameron's wife was working on Bush's campaign.  Which is a very clear conflict of interest.  But Fox News apparently didn't see it that way.

Cameron has responded to this footage from Outfoxed as being taken "out of context."  I'm not sure how it's out of context when Cameron and Bush are talking about Cameron's wife working on Bush's campaign, but that's the standard Fox News spin.  Robert Greenwald has released the entire, unedited footage of the pre-interview.  You can catch it here.  You'll need the latest version of Quicktime to watch it.

One final bit of business:  the Matt Drudge "exclusive" report (gossip) that, while in Vietnam, John Kerry re-enacted combat scenes for filming.  This has been debunked by the group Media Matters for America.  You can read the story here.

The troubling aspect of Drudge's internet gossip is that it's picked up by the legitimate media and reported as fact.  Why anyone would take a Drudge "exclusive" as being news shows just how lazy the media is.  This isn't the first time that Drudge gossip was passed off as news.  On May 31, on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, guest host Pat Buchanan passed off Drudge gossip that Kerry's wife Teresa had flown a plane 1300 miles to get John Kerry a haircut. 

The moral of the story is that Matt Drudge is an unethical liar.  He is NOT a journalist.  A real journalist verifies the facts of a story before reporting it.  Drudge does not.  And people continue to use him as a source.  Why?  Who knows.  I don't.


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