Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hard times for Fox's version of "fair and balanced" -- couldn't happen to a nicer network

Eric Boehlert has some fun with Faux News in Media Matters. They're not having a great year, and it couldn't happen to a nicer network. Their problem?
Bottom line is that Fox News is in for a very rough 2008. And the umbrella reason for that is quite simple: Eight years ago the all-news cable channel went all-in on the presidency of George Bush and became a broadcast partner with the White House. Proof of that was on display Sunday night, January 27, during Fox News' prime-time, "Fighting to the Finish," an "historic documentary" on the final year of Bush's presidency. Filmed in HD and featuring "unprecedented access," according to the Fox News press release, the show was pure propaganda. (I must have missed Fox News' "Fighting to the Finish" special back in 2000, chronicling the conclusion of President Bill Clinton's second term and his "extraordinarily consequential tenure.")

The point is that Fox News years ago made an obvious decision to appeal almost exclusively to Republican viewers. The good news then for Fox News was that it succeeded. The bad news now for Fox News is that it succeeded.
The thing is, Bush can return to the ranch in Crawford and cut brush when his terms is over. Where's Faux News going to go? Back to the sewer?

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