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Bill O'Reilly & Sean Hanity Are Now "Political Reporters" - Who Knew!!!

Reported by Priscilla - May 24, 2011 -

When faced with criticism that their morning and evening talking heads are right wing tools, Fox News management issued a caveat. They claimed that as their talking heads are really "opinion" people, rather than representatives of that "real" "fair & balanced" "news" that Fox is so proud of, it was all good. Fox management "agues that its news hours - 9AM to 4PM and 6 to 8PM, on weekdays, are objective." Ergo, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Mike Huckabee are opinion guys despite Bill's official Fox bio which describes Il Fox Papa's "Factor" as being the "number one cable news program." It's all so confusing. But it gets even more confusing now that a new Suffolk University poll, which the right wing are braying about, shows that folks say that the occasionally factually challenged Bill O'Reilly is the "political reporter" (term used in the survey) whom the sample trusted "the most." (O'Reilly led with 9% followed by Anderson Cooper at 6%. Hannity, Huckabee, and Brian Williams followed with 4%) It's not just a small world, it's truly a bizarro one!

O'Reilly's large cranium was even more inflated as he touted his popularity on last night's "Factor." Bernie Goldberg congratulated Bill and added that others on the list aren't journalists although Megyn Kelly and Shep Smith are official Fox "news" people. (With Ms. Kelly, that's not always obvious.) O'Reilly didn't back up Fox's claim that he's an opinion guy. And interestingly, the popularity of Hannity and Huckabee wasn't mentioned. But that Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Mike Huckabee are more trusted, as "political reporters," than those who actually report the news and occasionally produce specials on current events (Christiane Amanpour for one) does prove that Fox propaganda is quite effective for those whose birthrate was described by PT Barnum. And popularity doesn't equate with quality. Amongst certain religious circles, creationism is popular; but that doesn't make it correct. Boxed wine and WalMart might be popular; but that doesn't have any connection to quality.

So O'Reilly and Hannity are "political reporters." Does that mean that they, when challenged on their bias, can continue to say that they are merely opinion guys? Can't have it both ways - oh, right, it's Fox "News" which is, according to the survey, the most trusted "political news" source. It's all so confusing...

"Opinion" or "Political Journalism?"


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