"Fair and balanced" Fox Nation shuts out progressive and pro-Obama commentaries
Research ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI
Between May 1 and May 15, FoxNation.com linked to 15 newspaper op-eds and columns in its "Politics" section, but not one was from a progressive figure or presented a favorable view of the Obama administration.
Between May 1 and May 15, FoxNation.com linked to 15 newspaper op-eds and columns in its "Politics" section, but not one was from a progressive figure or presented a favorable view of the Obama administration. Thirteen of the 15 commentaries were either written by conservatives or included criticism of Obama. The other two commentaries were an obituary for former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp written by former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson and a column by sportswriter Mike Lupica criticizing golf commentator David Feherty and comedian Wanda Sykes for "tasteless joke[s]."
While Fox Nation has claimed to be a fair and balanced alternative to "biased media," Media Matters for America has extensively documented Fox Nation's propensity for conservative misinformation and attacks on progressives and Democrats.
Media Matters examined all of the links in Fox Nation's politics section between May 1 at 12 a.m. and May 15 at 5 p.m. The following are those commentaries' headlines, the date Fox Nation linked to them, and a brief description of the author:
- May 15: Peggy Noonan: What's Elevated, Health-Care Provider?: Economy of language would be good for the economy.
Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a former aide to President Reagan.
Rove is a Fox News contributor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former aide to President George W. Bush. (As Media Matters noted, Rove's claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was an "accomplice" to torture is inconsistent with the definition of "accomplice," as well as with the reality of Pelosi's ability to affect the Bush administration's actions in any way.)
- May 13: Andrea Peyser: Left can't stand right-thinking beauty: Anti-Gay-Nups Carrie Prejean Keeps Crown
Peyser is a New York Post columnist and author of Celebutards: The Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals, and Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America (Kensington, February 2009).
- May 11: Mike Lupica: David Feherty shouldn't get pass for tasteless joke - but neither should Wanda Sykes
Lupica is a columnist for the New York Daily News and a sportswriter.
- May 8: Debra Burlingame: Obama and the 9/11 Families: The president isn't sincere about 'swift and certain' justice for terrorists.
Burlingame is the "director of the National September 11 Memorial Foundation" and "the sister of Charles F. 'Chic' Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001." As Media Matters has noted, Burlingame spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention, publicly supported Bush's re-election on numerous occasions, and vigorously defended the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program. Fox Nation linked to her op-ed twice on May 8.
Macintyre is a columnist for The Times of London.
Barone is a columnist for Creators Syndicate, which characterizes him as a conservative.
- May 6: Kevin Mooney: ACORN got $53 million in federal funds since 94, now eligible for up to $8 billion more
Mooney is a Washington Examiner commentary staff writer and columnist who has also contributed to the conservative websites CNSNews.com and NewsBusters.org.
- May 5: Jonah Goldberg: Democrats wallow in a 'culture of corruption': Meet the new political bosses, worse than the old political bosses.
Goldberg is a Fox News contributor and National Review contributing editor.
Watts is a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and former Republican congressman.
Breitbart is a columnist for The Washington Times and launched the blog Big Hollywood "on Hollywood and politics from the center/right perspective."
Will is a conservative columnist for The Washington Post.
Gerson is a columnist for The Washington Post and former chief speechwriter for George W. Bush.
Krauthammer is a conservative columnist for The Washington Post.
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