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July 7, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

ATTACK DOGS....Hideously deformed crack addict um, I mean, New York Times media columnist David Carr writes about what to expect when you cover Fox News for a living. Sounds like his previous life might have actually been a bit more pleasant.

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Notice how he bemoans all the BS he has to put up with from Faux, then points out that he is being fair? What's up with that. Faux won that battle. Carr sounds like a whipped dog.

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience on July 7, 2008 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: mhr on July 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

mhr: The head of the Democrat National Committee, says, "I hate Republicans!" Mature adults do not act this way.

Quite right. Mature adults say, "I despise Republicans."

Posted by: on July 7, 2008 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

I note that Bill O'Reilly has threatened people on the air to have Fox thugs to go their house.

I am reminded of the speech Clarence Thomas gave two or three years ago in which he said the problem with modern American political discourse is that conservatives are too civil. Who said old Clarence doesn't have a sense of humor? Oh, Anita Hill.

Posted by: anandine on July 7, 2008 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

'The head of the Democrat National Committee, says, "I hate Republicans!" Mature adults do not act this way.'

No, Sensible Mature Adult Republicans tell senators of the opposing party to Go F**k Themselves on the floor of the Senate.

Posted by: Sock Puppet of the Great Satan on July 7, 2008 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

It's a pity that the energy Fox News expends is so misdirected. The current state of journalism could certainly use that relentlessness, but directed at politicos and issues that benefit society at large. Although it should certainly be done without doctoring photos (or anything for that matter). That is just f**ked up.

Posted by: e henry thripshaw on July 7, 2008 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

"Fox News found a huge runway and enormous success by setting aside the conventions of bloodless objectivity,..."

Copycatting NBC, CBS, and ABC.

Posted by: Luther on July 7, 2008 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Luther, Fox is way worse than the regular media, that's the point. Any pretense to the contrary is pure BS. BTW, are you one of their trolls?

Posted by: Neil B on July 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Real news organizations do not alter photographs. Time got in trouble with trying it on O.J. The L.A. Times also had problems when they altered a fire picture to add smoke. But Fox will get away with it because...

Posted by: taxpayer on July 7, 2008 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

A perfect illustration of the "bitch slap" theory of politics at work in the media. After documenting Fox's scummy behavior, including towards people that he knows personally, Carr dutifully transcribes their denials and lies and basically bends over backwards to comment on how polite and reasonable everyone over there seems. What does it take to make this guy mad?

Posted by: Steve on July 7, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I liked the part about how lots of colleagues had had hellish experiences with Fox, but were afraid to go on the record about them because their editors would fire them if they had bad relations with the network.

Posted by: jimBOB on July 7, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Fox: the Scientology of cable networks.

Posted by: DH Walker on July 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

thripshaw:

Except, of course, for the fact that Fox isn't actually a news outlet (in spite of the fact that the added the word "news" to their cable network title). It's mission isn't to do journalism, but to advance RNC talking points the same way that state-run television does in some other countries. They do put a gloss of "reporting" over everything to make them seem legit, continually claiming fairness, balance, blah blah blah - but it's no different than the Soviet Communist party calling their propaganda paper "Pravda" ("The Truth"). No difference.

Posted by: DH Walker on July 7, 2008 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

I couldn't find the doctored photos at the link, anyone know how to see them?

Posted by: Neil B on July 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Photos are here: http://mediamatters.org/items/200807020002

Posted by: Mahousu on July 7, 2008 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

There can't be many more places besides the Fox News offices where so many schmucks gather toegther at once (prisons, jails, Al Qaeda training camps).

Posted by: Swan on July 7, 2008 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

The proper appellation is "Fox News - Paid Propaganda Arm of the Republican National Committee".

The complete identification should be used in all references; please amend your style manuals.

JC

Posted by: John Casey on July 7, 2008 at 11:19 PM | PERMALINK

Fox has been losing market share for a couple of years.

This kind of "feral" behavior from their PR apparatus is not going to stop the bleeding.

They are joined at the hip to the GOP. As the GOP goes down, so do they.

Posted by: Nancy Irving on July 8, 2008 at 3:10 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: mhr on July 8, 2008 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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