Tuesday, November 28, 2006

So when we call it Faux News they agree?

I wish I could say this was meant to be funny but it wasn't. However, as an inadvertant gag, it succeeds beyond its wildest dreams. This is from the transcript of last night's "Scarborough Country." The subject under discussion was the people who have been complaining about Faux News' tendency to be unfair and unbalanced. First it was Bill Clinton, now it's Barney Frank, and according to Bob Kohn, author of the book, “Journalistic Fraud: How the New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted”:

(emphasis mine)
SCARBOROUGH: And, Bob Kohn, when Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face, who did he go to? He went to FOX News.

KOHN: Yes, well, you know, I assume that President Clinton and other presidents and other people in public office have given similar instructions that haven‘t been leaked such as that. It is embarrassing, I think, to Cheney, and it‘s probably embarrassing to FOX News, as well. That‘s the way the cards fall.

But, you know, I think someday “The Daily Show” is going to find itself under a lot of criticism, particularly as the Democrats take control of Congress, to see how much they really go after Nancy Pelosi. I know that there are some segments on “The Daily Show” that have gone after the Democrats, but I really haven‘t seen Jon Stewart kind of change his color now.

I haven‘t seen him move to start criticizing the Democrats in congress. We‘ll have to watch that closely, because I don‘t think “The Daily Show” has been fair and balanced. And if they‘re going to maintain their credibility as a reliable source of comedy, they better start being fair and balanced.


Now, then...a reliable source of COMEDY??? I will reveal that the speaker clearly realized what he was saying just before the words left his mouth and there was an awkward pause between "source of" and "comedy." Scarborough, to his credit, realized it, too, and let the discussion end on that rather entertaining note.

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