Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's impossible to understimate Fox News.

This story comes by way of Media Matters, the web site Bill O'Reilly hates because they play his quotes verbatim so that the world can see for itself just how a big a horse's patoot the guy really is.

And when Bill O'Reilly hates something, that makes me love it all the more.

But as low as Fox can sink (terrorist fist jab, Obama's baby mama) they can still find new depths to the slime they ooze through every day.

Not long ago, the New York Times ran a piece that was mildly critical of Fox News. In response, the geniuses at Fox and Friends ran their satirical riposte using doctored pictures of the reporter and his editor. Media Matters ran the actual pictures with the Fox and Friends' versions.

When Fox News was questioned about the photo manipulation, a spokeswoman shrugged and gave an answer that said in PR-speak, "Hey, it's Fox and Friends, what are you gonna do?"

Fox and Friends is fun to watch in a poke-yourself-in-the-eye kind of way because if you squint, it almost looks like an SNL parody of morning news shows. If you haven't exposed yourself to Fox and Friends, you can only guess at the inanity caffeinated humans can sling at 7:00 a.m. Steve Doocy, one of the Friends, is so bone-deep stupid that he makes Matt Lauer look like Ed By-God Murrow.

In a time when the New Yorker is taking hits for its ill-conceived cover, places like Fox and Friends can skate by with crap like this.

At my age I sometimes think I've seen it all. Then I watch Fox News and find out just how little I know about this brave new journalism.


Anonymous said...

I can never take Steve Doocy seriously after the Obama madrass debacle when Stevie giddily declared, "This... is... HUGE!!!"

Prompting Jon Stewart to make him the butt of a dick joke involving Sean Hannity.

'Cuz as we all know, there's no bigger dick nor no bigger joke on Fox than Hannity.

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

As long as Ameircan politics exist, you won't have seen it all.

When you think about how the media throws back at us what they think we hunger to see... That's why we feel so insulted by this crap, no matter what side of the political fence you're leaning on.