Republican Senator Says Fox Is Biased

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Republican Senator Says Fox Is Biased
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 5:29pm

Listen to Senator Coburn's audio file at this link.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0406/dr-no-defends-pelosi-slas-fox-news/

Senator Coburn, a leading figure in his party, charges that Fox is biased and engages in unwarranted personal attacks and phony ad hominems against nice people like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Senator adds that instead of listening to what makes "good" news on Fox, we should be careful that we know the facts.

This would not be news to even an Eskimo in the North Pole, except that it comes from Senator Coburn, the neo-conservative, ultra Republican Religious Senator from Kansas.

And for good measure, Senator Coburn admits Speaker Pelosi is not the devil as Fox blasts all day long, and says she is a nice person. Coburn is says let's focus on policy, on facts, and on reality, and let's not just listen to Fox News, but also read sources like the New York Times.

Thank you Senator Coburn for your honesty and your civility. I hope your party listens to you instead of sending its hit men like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity after you. I hope you have the courage to state this message on television to a national audience, instead of on a much lower profile to local radio. I hope you can convince your party to join the Democrats in a call for civility because they are asking for exactly the same thing you asked for here.

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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 11:14pm
Wow...one week the Dems make Coburn out to be an evil obstructionist and the next week he's their hero because he didn't demonize Pelosi. Too funny.
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Wed, 04-07-2010 - 11:07pm

I didn't say the guy was my hero. I made the point that he made an admission against interest, which speaks to the truthfulness of his comment. I am not going to take your bait and trash the Senator, even if he did gratuitously trash Rachel Maddow: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/07/coburn-our-goal-is-to-be-less-emotional-than-rachel-maddow/ All I can say in response is in the words of MLK: We Shall Overcome, I am standing down.

And it is not only Senator Coburn who admits the truth about Fox against his own interest. Look at former Bush speechwriter David Frum who coined the phrase "Axis of Evil." Frum admitted recently on Nightline:

"Moran: "It sounds like you're saying that the Glenn Becks, the Rush Limbaughs, hijacked the Republican party and drove it to a defeat?"

Frum: "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. And this balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party.""

http://blogs.abcnews.com/nightlinedailyline/2010/03/david-frum-on-gop-now-we-work-for-fox.html

And guess what the public is finding out. They are going to be in Murdoch's debt too if they want to see his news:

"Most newspapers in this country are going to have to put a pay wall up,” said. It’s unclear how high the wall needs to be, he said."

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-07/murdoch-says-newspaper-publishers-must-stand-up-to-google-bing.html

All the while Murdoch still contends that the rest of the media tends Democratic but his network is neutral and not Republican. When asked in response to this comment to name a Democrat on his news channel Murdoch could not name one: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/ Keith Olbermann, taking Murdoch at his word when Murdoch said he thinks that Fox is not Republican, called Murdoch dumb (see same link). I think Olbermann, who I generally like by the way, was the one who was dumb in taking Murdoch at his word. It's obvious to me that Murdoch knows his network is misleading people when it says that it is "fair and balanced."

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Thu, 04-08-2010 - 6:29pm

Man, was I shocked to see that video clip of Coburn. I did notice that when Obama met with the Republicans, on health care, he seemed to be particularly respectful of Coburn, someone for whom I'd had little respect. I don't know what got into Coburn, but I have to admire him for speaking up like he did. That's something few Republicans have the guts to do.

His comment about Pelosi being a nice woman reminded me of McCain calming the mad, Phyllis-Dillerish-looking woman during the campaign, and assuring her that Obama was not a foreign terrorist. And look what happened to McCain! So don't be too surprised if Coburn's words were just a slip of the tongue, kwim?

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Thu, 04-08-2010 - 8:02pm

Coburn certainly was backpeddling by attacking Maddow as being "emotional" - talk about sexist by the way, as if Limbaugh and Beck are not emotional!

This reminds me of Bush I who criticized his own party and then tried to temper it by oddly attacking Maddow as a "sick puppy." Maddow is now the official scapegoat of the right. I don't think she is friends with Buchanan anymore either.

Here is Maddow's response to Coburn.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#36243832

Looks like more is coming from Maddow tonight.

I am waiting to see if the Limbaugh's, Beck's and other crazies on the right pile on from the other side.

Coburn could make himself a left-right sandwich, and thereby set the table for what any other Republican who falls out of line with his/her master Murdoch at Fox can expect. And yes, I kwym :)

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Thu, 04-08-2010 - 8:03pm
Duh!

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Thu, 04-08-2010 - 8:26pm

Yes. In fact that is what the Republicans have been telling us for the past decade.

Another alternative would be to say nothing on the topic.

Rather than tell the truth which is obvious but not to many of those millions who watch Fox, 99.9% of Republican pols have chosen one or the other of these two alternatives. Republicanism is about keeping the dream alive through Fox.

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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 12:59am
LOL! It's not surprising that the left was so taken aback by a glimpse of integrity...because they see it so rarely in their own leaders.
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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 8:22am

<the past decade.>>


Again, facts have a funny way of getting in the way of your argument.

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Registered: 02-14-2010
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 9:38am

This is news? Fox admits they have a conservative bend.


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Registered: 02-14-2010
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 10:06am
Well, FOX did announce they would have a conservative bend before they even went on the air. It's not suprising liberals refuse to acknowledge this.

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