Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

Fair, balanced - and baited

The Independent on Fox News

"The executives at Fox News made a fatal mistake. They rose to Franken's bait. Admittedly, he gave them every reason to be driven to distraction. Apart from the title and cover design, there was the fact that he had dug deep into the biographical background of O'Reilly and company and found them to be out-and-out liars about everything from family background to political party affiliation. (O'Reilly, claiming against all available evidence to be a voice of moderation, has always said he is a registered independent, but Franken found - and published - his voter registration form with a big black tick in the "Republican" box. Franken's chapter on O'Reilly is entitled "Lying, Splotchy Bully".)"

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