If ever there was proof of a Fox News segment geared entirely toward attacking Democrats, rather than informing viewers, it was Greta Van Susteren’s interview the other night with Newt Gingrich purporting to “explain” why Senator Mary Landrieu joined President Barack Obama in publicly criticizing Fox News.
Van Susteren began the interview by saying President Obama had recently “blasted” the network and then played a clip of Landrieu on the Senate floor saying that the discretionary budget “is not out of control despite what you hear on Fox News.”
As a banner reading “BLAME FOX SYNDROME?” blared on the screen, Van Susteren opened the discussion by “asking,” “So is this trend going to continue and what do they get out of it?” Later, Van Susteren said, “I don’t understand... Why are they so terrified that they keep bringing up Fox News? …All of a sudden they come up with Fox News as being their big enemy.”
It's astounding that Van Susteren wouldn't know why Democrats might think so, but assuming she really didn't, it's almost as astounding that she'd turn to Newt Gingrich and think he'd provide any kind of an unbiased answer.
With professorial smugness, Gingrich mansplained: that Fox represents the “real America” that Democrats fear. I wonder if that's the same "real America" that Fox kept telling us was going to elect Mitt Romney a few months ago.
If Van Susteren truly wanted to find out why Democrats are targeting Fox (assuming it really is a trend), she would have asked someone in a position to know – like, maybe a Democrat who agrees with the sentiments or a reporter who covers those Democrats - instead of a rank Republican partisan and former Fox opinionator like Gingrich.
I guess Sarah Palin was not available for her insights.
Don’t flatter yourself, Greta. Fox news is the “enemy” in the same way that an especially problematic school bully threatens the district Superindendent. The way they’re being dealt with is just as comparable.