Fox News’ “objective” host Bill Hemmer didn’t just regurgitate Republican talking points yesterday. He came up with his own strategy for Republicans that he then pushed on Karl Rove: “I tell you what Republicans should do: they should boycott the Easter Egg roll on the first of April.”
It was one of several passes at urging Rove to adopt the suggestion. Hemmer's full statement this time was: “I tell you what Republicans should do, they should boycott the Easter Egg roll on the first of April. As silly as that may sound, say we’re not going to go.”
Rove initially disagreed. But Hemmer strenuously argued the point.
Finally, Rove said, “I think a better thing would be to have an oversight hearing to say, ‘Really Secretary Napolitano? You couldn’t find $74,000 a week that you could have for White House tours? What about cancelling this? What about the waste in this? What about doing this? What about that?’ …They could’ve found ways within the Homeland Security department budget to pay the overtime for Secret Service to handle the White House tours.”
Rove never really adopted Hemmer's boycott strategy. But Hemmer was so insistent, he missed the point. He said to Rove, “So you don’t disagree with that point then? You wonder if there could be a boycott saying, you know, this is not right.”
In response to accusations of bias, Fox contends that much of its programming - including Bill Hemmer’s America’s Newsroom show which airs from 9- 11 a.m. during the week - is “objective” news. It would be fascinating to hear them explain how this is objective news.