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Fox News Bolsters Palin's Unverified "Corrupt Bastards" Accusation

Reported by Ellen - November 1, 2010 -

Yesterday, I posted about the on-air reservations of many Fox News personnel toward the audiotape Sarah Palin has been touting which supposedly captures some Alaska TV reporters plotting to smear Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller. Since then, without verifying the tape's accuracy, without playing it in its entirety, Fox has repeatedly gotten behind Palin's claim, including Bill O'Reilly who never questioned Palin's interpretation for a minute and overlooked the adamant denials of the general manager of the television station involved.

O'Reilly has been tough on Palin in the past but when she appeared on his show tonight, they were BFF's.

After playing the tape, O'Reilly did not ask a single question about its veracity or the larger context. He didn't even seem to have any reservations about its history with the discredited Andrew Breitbart. "Those people should all be fired immediately," O'Reilly said about the reporters involved. So much for innocent until proven guilty. You'd think he would have learned something from the Shirley Sherrod incident, if not the ACORN videos.

Despite his boast about his show being a "no spin zone," O'Reilly never told the "we report, you decide" network's audience of the comments made by Jerry Bever, general manager of KTVA, the station in question: “While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue… The perception that this garbled, out of context recording may leave is unfortunate, but to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd. The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do.”

"There's no accountability," Palin said, obviously pleased O'Reilly swallowed her story hook, line and sinker.

Well, if Palin cares so much about accountability, why doesn't she release the entire tape and prove her case? Even more to the point, why hasn't Fox News demanded that she do so?