FOX News spent all of Saturday covering the rally in Searchlight Nevada, hometown of Harry Reid. The event was a Tea Party rally, a movement created out of whole cloth by FOX. The keynote at the rally was FOX employee Sarah Palin, who railed against the coverage of the recent spilling-over of violence that she and other FOX employees have instigated against Democratic Party politicians, staffers and supporters.
In this clip from FOX News Channel today we see FOX Employee Palin telling the FOX-created movement’s followers that what America wants is “Fair and Balanced” news (FOX Broadcasting’s official tagline), which the entirely FOX-viewing crowd cheered at so that their friends watching FOX back at home could see them cheering the FOX employee on stage.
This is making me dizzy.
Now, I know that FOX is the personal property of Rupert Murdoch and as such can basically do whatever it wants without bothering with such niceties as journalistic ethics. Just this evening I watched a panel of FOX employees interview each other about ABC News’ choice of Christian Amanpour for one of their shows – the surprisingly unanimous conclusion of the FOX employees was that what all of the other news channels lacked was that certain bit of impartial clarity that only FOX employees can provide.
But even so, when a “media” company creates a political movement, then hires the politician most associated with that movement, and sends that employee to speak at their movement’s events so that their employees can cover their employee’s speech where she discusses her employer, the very fabric of space and time begin to show the strain.
Is there any limit to what FOX can do to manipulate public opinion for their own financial and their owner’s political gain?