November 30, 2011
Letter writer Elizabeth Fixsen commends The Sun for hiring conservative columnist Ron Smith by contrasting it with the difficulty of finding a liberal voice such as Thomas Schaller's in conservative media such as The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News ("A conservative voice on a liberal page," Nov. 26). Evidently she does not listen to Fox News, or she would certainly have heard the liberal views often expressed there by such commentators as Leslie Marshall, Alan Colmes, Juan Williams, Bob Bickel and others who appear on the network.
November 3, 2011
I have often noticed biased reporting from television's Fox News, but last night's report was outrageous. Many media reported about a scurrilous political ad sent out in Fairfax, Va. with a picture of President Barack Obama that seemed to promote violence. Only Fox displayed the offensive ad itself. After stating that this ad provoked bipartisan criticism, Fox showed the actual ad for a long period on the screen. Of course, I could complain directly to Fox, but their "mailbox was full.
June 23, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart acknowledged on-air Tuesday night that he was wrong in saying Fox News viewers are the "most consistently misinformed media viewers. " He had made the statement in a much-discussed interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" three days ago. Read about it here from my Tuesday post. But the comedian then pivoted on a punchline and used his apology to hammer Fox News on what he sees as its lack of credibility. The ultimate message of the segment essentially boiled down to this: OK, I lied, but Fox News lies a lot more than I do, and they never acknowledge their mistakes or set the record the straight.
June 23, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart lied when he said that "every poll" shows Fox News viewers to be the most "consistently misnformed" of all news consumers, PolitiFact says. Stewart made that claim in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace that is still be debated all over the place two days later. I have been dragged into the fray in part because Wallace used a quote from me to challenge Stewart about his lack of accountability as a media critic. You can read about that and see the Fox News video here . I applaud PolitiFact, ans its Pulitzer-Prize-winning truth-o-meter, for holding Stewart accountable for his false statement about Fox. By the way, in its well-researched and thoughtful analysis of what constitutes true and false statements about news audiences being poorly or well-informed, PolitiFact quotes my analysis of a deeply flawed University of Maryland "study" on the matter.
June 28, 2011
Jon Stewart's war with Chris Wallace and Fox News is still raging on. Stewart returned to his favorite target last night, insisting that Fox apologize for its 21 false statements as documented by PolitiFact. He also alleged Fox engages in a double standard, in which commentary that favors Democrats is considered part of a vast left-wing conspiracy, while analysis that favors Republicans is seen as evidence of fairness. In the end, Stewart...
August 31, 2012
I would like to respond to "No amount of spin can explain Obama's abundant failures" (letter, Aug. 2). The letter states that the country is not better off than it was four years ago. Now, I know telling people that things are really, really bad and that it's all President Obama's fault is Fox News 101 mantra, but if you examine the facts, things are gradually getting better. If we can step into the "way-back" machine and return to the Fall of 2008, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs, financial institutions were reeling with bad debt, foreclosures were running in the millions.