Some conservative heavy-weights supporting Ted Cruz are furious over Fox News’ blatant bias in favor of Donald Trump. And they’re not holding back with their complaints.
Media Matters did the roundup of Cruz supporters. What’s astonishing is not the level of vitriol, itself, but that it’s being leveled at Republicans’ (formerly?) beloved Fox News.
For example, RedState’s Jay Caruso: Fox News “Has Been The Biggest Pimp To Trump’s Whoredom Since He Got Into The Race.” And Texas talk show host Michael Berry tweeted, "@FoxNews has become a sad, pathetic embarrassment. Their sellout to @realDonaldTrump is sickening. We WILL remember.” Sean Hannity’s pal, radio show host Mark Levin, tweeted that Fox is now “The Trump News Channel.”
Fox News has long been the most trusted news channel for conservatives. So did these guys suddenly wake up and smell the Fox News bias? Or is that they just didn’t care until the bias went against their own guy?
Starting with Fareed Zakaria and passing through a whole slew of correspondents from the field (Middle East, South Korea, Hong Kong, Moscow, etc.) as well as all four members of the “expert” panel and a couple of ex-military higher-ups, the comments were unequivocably critical, highlighting the many inaccuracies and contradictions.
After each and every comment, Blitzer closed the connection with a subdued “let’s whitewash the Trump” comment. I was and remain flabbergasted. I’d realised a lot time ago that Blitzer seemed to lean towards the right, quite out of character for a journalist reputed for his equilibrium. He was the main reason I started calling CNN “FoxLite”. Although he’d been pretty good at masking it, the post-Trump-address coverage convinced me that Blitzer is no longer a journalist.
On the other hand, there was no beating about the bush on the part of the other participants in the program as they relentlessly pointed out where Trump – or rather, his speech-writers – were so totally misinformed as to be dangerous for world peace and prosperity. I’d been accustomed to their sort of toning it down but their collective message could not have been more clear.
To my mind, Trump represents the worse that is America: ignorance (often wilful), animosity, selfishness, greediness, bullying, hypocrisy, disregard for others (usually in the name of JC), and the list goes on and on.
Luckily, we also have Sanders as a champion of America’s better character … and Clinton who will probably be able to contrast the first and (hopefully) nurture the latter. I wonder if the distrust so often expressed in her regard may not be yet another example of that old adage: “familiarity breeds contempt”??
PS: I’m liking Fareed Zakaria the more I watch him.