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Hiding Their Bias

Reported by Judy - June 23, 2004 -

Some things are even too biased for Fox News to do. That's apparently why Fox and Friends on June 23 did not give the full credentials of a guest commenting on Bush's chances for re-election.

At 8:51 a.m., Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy introduced John Podhoretz as a columnist for the Weekly Standard, a conservative publication of Fox's parent company News Corp. Doocy mentioned that Podhoretz had published a book called Bush Country. Doocy failed to mention that the sub-title was How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane. That might have tipped viewers off to just how biased the guest was.

Podhoretz's contribution to the show was to compare Bush's standing at this point in his re-election bid with that of his father in 1992 and find that (Surprise!) Bush is doing much better than his daddy. Using the vaguest generalities, Podhoretz claimed that "most polls" show Bush leading and that "he turned things around three weeks ago." Of course, there was no Democrat or independent analyst to provide a contrary view.

As for Podhoretz's book, if you can't live without it, you can buy it for $8 now, down from the list price of $24.95 when it came out in February.