With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political
By By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun|
May 30, 2012 | 1:04 PM
With Mitt Romney now officially President Obama's opponent, it truly appears to be game on at the Fox News channel -- at least, if this morning's "Fox & Friends" is any indication.
Today's version of the morning show featured an anti-Obama video that resembled propaganda films from 1930's Europe more than it did responsible TV politics of today.
And the remarkable thing was the witless crew on the couch that serves as hosts for this show had the audacity to present it as journalism and congratulate the producer who put it together.
You can see it for yourself, and I hope you will let me know what you think.
But as the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this. Don't be fooled by Bret Baier's Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel. Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.
I wonder if it is part of a larger movement on the right, with conservative media trying to raise its partisan game on behalf of Romney. I wonder.
In terms of transparency, I need to say that the video was brought to my attention by Media Matters for America, a Web-based liberal organization that has all but declared war on Fox. But check out the video yourself. You be the judge.