Tilting at Windmills

March/April 2012 Fox News and its viewers

By Charles Peters

Here’s a clue to the political orientation of the Fox News audience: Bob Beckel is the token liberal—and a very moderate one at that—on a Fox panel show called The Five. Dana Perino, the former Bush press secretary and another member of the show’s panel, recently told a reporter that when viewers stop her in public, they often ask, “Does Bob Beckel really believe those things he says?” In other words, Fox viewers find even moderately liberal ideas so bizarre that they can’t believe anyone would actually hold them.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.


  • Anonymous on May 21, 2012 5:32 PM:

    That's the problem! He DOES believe what he says. And that is why liberals in ANY part of the spectrum are so difficult to deal/work with. They think to a point and then stop. Don't bother them with consequences of action or the logical evidence of why idealism will never be the political bottom line. On thing for sure, they can never be accused of pragmatism.