01 June 2005

Unfair and, um, unbalanced

Wow. Timothy Noah, writing at Slate, quotes Scott Norvell, London bureau chief for Fox News:
Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly. And those who hate us can take solace in the fact that they aren't subsidizing Bill's bombast; we payers of the BBC license fee don't enjoy that peace of mind.

Fox News is, after all, a private channel and our presenters are quite open about where they stand on particular stories. That's our appeal. People watch us because they know what they are getting. The Beeb's institutionalized leftism would be easier to tolerate if the corporation was a little more honest about it.
And you know, it really shouldn't be such a surprise when someone admits something that everyone knew was true, but Fox has been so relentless in perpetuating the absurd notion that they somehow provide a "fair and balanced" view of the world that it really is a shock when they go off-message like this.