What is it with normally sensible, highly educated liberal pundits? Why do they get so hot and bothered about FoxNews?
Michelle Malkin calls it Fox News Derangement Syndrome. It’s one thing to criticize their coverage and their surfeit of “platinum pundettes,” but to call them “un-American” as does the once*-sensible Jacob Weisberg, now that really takes the cake.
Perhaps, he should actually watch their evening coverage. I’ll grant that Glenn Beck (at least the few times I’ve watched him) is quite over-the-top, but on Special Report with Bret Bair (my favorite program on the network), they regularly have guests representing both sides on any given issue, often with a quite intelligent and eloquent liberals defending Democratic policies, officials and candidates.
A far greater balance that I’ve ever seen on MSNBC when they play it on the TV monitors at my gym. If Fox is “un-American, then MSNBC even more so.
What is it that makes so many on the left (particularly those in the Administration) hate FoxNews so? Is it its success? Or is it something else? Perhaps the greater prominence it gives for Administration criticism in particular and conservative views in general?
(H/t: Jim Hoft)
*I would call him “normally” sensible, but this latest piece is just beyond silly.UPDATE: Meryl Yourish points out that Weisberg blames Fox “not only responsible for tilting itself right, but . . . also for the leftward tilt of the other cable news networks.” Weisberg had said, “Fox hasn’t just corrupted its own coverage. Its example has made all of cable news unpleasant and unreliable.” The other networks are just “unpleasant and unreliable,” but only Fox earns the epithet of “un-American.”
Weisberg does have a habit of blaming liberals’ failures on conservatives. Mark Steyn observed how he blamed “Bush for the horrors of the Obama presidency“:
As a sympathetic Jacob Weisberg sees it, the understandable urge to be the unBush has sent the Obama pendulum swinging way off the charts