Saturday, July 02, 2011

Fairly Imbalanced

Fox News Channel correspondent Chris Wallace says he "messed up" by asking Republican presidential contender and United States History expert Michele Bachmann whether she's a flake. Perhaps you might see that as the pot calling the kettle red, white, and blue, but it's the kind of hard-hitting journalism we've come to expect from the Fair and Balanced machine called Fox News.
This is the same guy who got into it with Jon Stewart, whose show airs on Comedy Central, about fairness in journalism. I found this one kind of interesting, since on the one hand, Stewart is a comedian with plenty of opinions on the day's events, but his lead-in is often a cartoon with foul-mouthed kids making fun of a potpourri of pop culture. Chris works for a company that proudly supports a cartoon show featuring a foul-mouthed kid making fun of a potpourri of pop culture.
None of this explains why Chris Wallace suggested that Michele Bachmann was a flake. Maybe it has something to do with this: "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." The swine flu outbreak happened under Gerald Ford's watch. Maybe it was this one: "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design." Perhaps it was, "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?" It could be that Chris Wallace, who is part of the American media decided that he wanted to dig just a little deeper. His eyes were squarely on the pro-flake, anti-flake constituency. November 2012 is a long way away.

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