YOU WANT TO KNOW why I think Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” tag and policy represent nothing of value to the consumer of news?
On Fox News Radio Tuesday morning, the leadoff sound bite was of Doctor Zero, “The threat from climate change is serious, it is real, it is urgent, it’s getting worse.” (Or words meant to convey that effect.)
The bite was run with no comment by the newsreader.
It was fair. Since Fox is frequently (and falsely) accused of weighing in favorably to the Right in its news reportage (as opposed to its commentary), it was balanced.
But was it true?
Of course! It reported what the President said.
But what the President said was a lie. What good is Fox’s vaunted fair-and-balanced-ness if it promulgates — even by implication — statements which are false to fact?
What this country needs is a news outlet that is “Honest and reliable.” Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.