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My Favorite News Channel Falls to Media Bias

Tuesday, 14 November 2000 12:00 AM

It is obvious that Peter Jennings, for example, is a way-out lefty who hates America and American values. Remember when he called the 1994 GOP capture of the House of Representatives a "temper tantrum" by the voters?

Or how about the snide and cynical questions often asked of Republicans by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on CBS’s "Face the Nation"? Did you see the show where his anti-Republican bias was so evident in his questions for Steve Forbes that you wanted to throw something at your TV screen?

Or how about the evolution of CNN into the Clinton News Network with the arrival of Rick Kaplan – a known Clinton supporter and Lincoln Bedroom guest – as its president?

A left-wing tilt is nothing new in the media. This has been a growing trend since the acrimony of the Vietnam War.

Many fellow conservatives over the years have asked, "Why doesn’t the conservative community buy or create an alternative network? How about something to balance out the coverage?"

Then, three years ago, something wonderful was born: the Fox News Channel, with its refreshing policy summarized in its simple slogan: "We report, you decide."

Many of us took refuge at Fox, eschewing all other cable networks for FNC’s fair coverage. I have been a frequent guest on Hannity & Colmes, which, by its very nature, is balanced. I watch FNC day and night because it has given both sides a fair hearing – with no snide winks and nods.

However, Fox has made a

On election night, it was the Fox News Channel’s election desk that

It turned out that the Fox call was incorrect; the incoming vote was too close to make any such call.

Well, guess who made that now-infamous call as head of the Fox News Channel’s election desk? John Ellis, who just happens to be George W. and Jeb Bush’s first cousin and who, by his own admission, spent much of election night on the telephone with both Bushes. Ellis admits, "It was just the three of us guys handing the phone back and forth – me with the numbers, one of them a governor, the other the president-elect. Now, that was cool."

Fox News Channel’s vice president of editorial news, John Moody, now says, "Did we know he was on the phone all night with his cousin? No. Just as we wouldn’t have expected him to tell us the details of a family dinner, neither would we have expected him to provide information to one of the candidates."

Often the best way to judge something is by reversing it. Let’s just hypothetically say that Gore’s first cousin "called" the election for Gore for ABC News as head of its election desk. And but for beepers and cell phones, G.W. Bush had conceded the election at 3:30 a.m. Can you not hear how we conservatives would be screaming, ranting and raving – all with total justification?

Of course we would!

Media bias is wrong – no matter who does it!

Fox might have lost forever its unique status as the only unbiased network. "We report, you decide" is now a joke. Who can watch it anymore without wondering who behind the scenes is stilting the news?

Just as I know Peter Jennings always favors the liberals, I now have to wonder what the real agenda of Fox is. Is it to report – fairly and accurately – or is it to allow one side to "rig" the news and thereby affect the outcome of ongoing stories?

The only way Fox News Channel can recover from this act of self-immolation is by immediately firing John Ellis, publicly admitting that it was a huge mistake to ever hire him in the first place – and also to fire the executive who made that decision.

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