Kudos to journalist Rula Jebreal for challenging Fox News’ bias on Fox & Friends today. During a discussion on President Obama’s foreign policy and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, co-host Steve Doocy and Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan plus Obama-critic/Iraq War Cheerleader Fouad Ajami ran the gamut from – Surprise! Surprise! – skeptical to outright condemnatory of Obama. But Jebreal threw them off their talking points when she asked, “Why attack the man over something that actually benefits the American people? …Why attack him… only because you are Fox News. Let’s be honest about this.”
Doocy said, “If we weren’t fair and balanced we wouldn’t have you on the Channel.”
“How many people like me do you have on this channel?” Jebreal shot back.
Doocy obviously couldn’t answer. He said, “Listen, on this panel, there you are.”
And then oops, time was up. The panel did return for another discussion, this time about Eric Holder. Sadly, Jebreal seemed to have lost her Fox-challenging mojo and fell in with their meme of attacking Eric Holder. Now, I’ve got nothing against criticizing Holder. But on Fox News, the issue is not the issue. The issue is advancing its political agenda via news theatrics. It would have been great if she had continued to highlight and challenge Fox’s tactics instead of just advancing them.
But props to Jebreal for what she did do. It’s so rare for any non-Foxie to challenge the 300-pound elephant, we’ll take what we can get.
My comment below was posted in the wrong thread.
I think NH needs to add a Delete and/or Edit button.
Or better yet, convert to Disqus. :)
Seriously though, I question the motive behind Megyn Kelly’s apology.
First of all, it was Carlson was accused of anything egregious like being a racist.
Secondly, Carlson is a big boy with his own megaphone who can fend for himself. I am sure Ms. Kelly knows she didn’t need to apologize on his behalf.
So why did she apologize?
She did not want to incur the wrath of the rabid Daily Caller supporters and the hate mail she would receive for not defending their hero.
She wanted to pander to the Fox News viewers (i,e,, conservative older white males in the deep south), so that she could continue to be perceived as being on their side when it comes to the racial divide.