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Bernie Goldberg Warns Fox News About Its Bias

Reported by Ellen - November 23, 2010 -

In a discussion about Fox News’ power, Fox News’ media critic Bernard Goldberg offered up a startling admonition to Fox. “If Fox champions causes, if Fox likes one candidate or treats them differently than another, then you know what, it’s blowing an opportunity to be the important voice in broadcasting.”

Goldberg’s statement came in the middle of a segment in which he and Bill O’Reilly largely agreed, with predictable statements, about the so-called liberal media and about Senator Jay Rockefeller’s recent remarks saying he’s “tired” of partisanship in news and that “a little bug inside of me… wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out! Off! End! Goodbye!’”

But smack in the middle, the discussion took a surprising turn. OReilly said, “I think Fox News is now the most powerful media agency in the world. Not just the country, but in the world.”

Goldberg sounded sheepish. “Do you want me to answer that?”

When O’Reilly answered that he did, Goldberg said he did not think Fox is the most powerful media agency.

Goldberg: I still think that the New York Times is a very powerful news organization… Not only because everybody in Congress reads The New York Times, and many of them take the editorials seriously, as if they were written from Mt. Olympus, but because everybody else in the media, certainly the three broadcast networks, take their cues from The New York Times.

O’Reilly: But let me challenge you on that. I think that Fox News can sway public opinion much faster than The New York Times, because we don’t play the game that they play. We go right to the folks.

Goldberg: I sort of wish you weren’t doing this to me, Bill. But since you’re asking, and let the record show you brought this up. Fox News is very important. No question about that. On Election Night, more people were watching Fox on cable than anybody else. If Fox does softball interviews, if Fox champions causes, if Fox likes one candidate or treats them differently than another, then you know what, it’s blowing the opportunity to be the most important voice in broadcasting.

O’Reilly: That may happen occasionally here and everywhere else.

You have to wonder what O’Reilly considers “occasionally.”



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