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The Strange Case of Alan Colmes' Liberalism

Reported by Ellen - July 23, 2004 -

I'm still reading "Red, White and Liberal," by Alan Colmes. Contrary to some others' opinions, I am now convinced he is genuinely liberal. How then to explain his repeated insistence that Fox is truly fair and balanced?

I'm now on page 109, which is more or less in the middle of the chapter called, "The Myth of Liberal Media." During this chapter he makes a convincing case (to me, anyway) as to why the media is NOT liberal. That's preceded by two well-argued chapters called "The 'War' on Terror" and "Uncivil Liberaties: America's War on Americans," which has a lot of intelligent and, in my view, accurate assessments of the Bush administration.

So I don't understand how he can go on to say "People tune in to the Fox News Channel because it was founded on the premise that all sides should be presented fairly. This has upset the 'media establishment' but has made Fox the most powerful name in news." (Page 112) "For a network that has been unfairly characterized as a cheerleader for the Bush 43 administration, Fox News devoted plenty of time to debating accusations that Persian Gulf II was based on trumped-up intelligence and outright lies?" (Page 111)

Maybe so, but in almost six months of daily monitoring Fox News, I have NEVER seen a true debate about the invasion of Iraq. I have seen Fox hosts scream at people who didn't agree with the Bush administration then, Oops, run out of time just as they start to respond and I have seen Fox reporters repeatedly slant coverage in favor of Bush and against Kerry (depicted so well in Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism.

Some things can't be explained.