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Newsweek Takes Talking Points from Rahm on FOX Bias?

John on October 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Coincidence? We report you decide.

Here’s Emmanuel on CNN’s State of the Union with John King Sunday (key portion transcribed below):

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I suppose the way to look at it and the way we…the President looks at it and we look at is…It’s not a news organization so much as, uh, it has a perspective and that’s a different take. And more importantly is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following FOX, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization…

Compare that with this piece from Newsweek by Jacob Weisberg:

One glance at Fox’s Web site or five minutes’ random viewing of the channel at any hour of the day demonstrates its all-pervasive slant…after 13 years under Roger Ailes, Fox employees skew news right as instinctively as fish swim.


By showing that ideologically distorted news can drive ratings, Ailes has provoked his rivals at CNN and MSNBC to develop a variety of populist and ideological takes on the news. In this way, Fox hasn’t just corrupted its own coverage. Its example has made all of cable news unpleasant and unreliable.

Same two points coming from Emmanuel Sunday morning and Newsweek Saturday. Who copied who?

  1. Fox is biased right.
  2. Fox is leading CNN and others astray.

Does anyone else see the irony? Earnest Newsweek reporter complains about FOX’s bias using talking points straight from the President’s Chief of Staff. [Or did the Chief of staff get his talking points from Newseek?] Either way it says something about why FOX is persona non grata.

[HT: Yourish at Hot Air for the Newsweek piece]

[Added the question mark because it could have been the other way around.]

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