Friday, November 5, 2010

The Moral Morass of Fox News

by Dee Newman

In today’s obsessive 24/7 news coverage, when one election cycle ends, the next one immediately begins. As soon as the House changed hands on Tuesday, speculation began on the 2012 presidential election.

It would seem that the means of access to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination runs right through the hallways and corridors of Fox News. Why? Because the Murdoch network currently has on its payroll, at the very least, four far-right conservatives whose names are consistently mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and yes, Sarah Palin.

As the election cycle coverage draws near, Fox News hosts and reporters will be forced to make some extremely awkward decisions on how they will cover the various and sundry campaigns of their colleagues.

Given the fact that the Fox News network effectively operates as a division of the RNC, often offering their airwaves to Republican candidates seeking exposure and funding, I suppose it goes without saying that the network was going to play an essential part in choosing the nominee, anyway. However, having numerous potential presidential candidates on their payroll, you would think they might be somewhat concerned about further maligning their journalistic and ethical standing.

And then again, I suppose that a news network, whose parent company has already openly donated huge sums of money to partisan GOP front groups, would have no qualms about expanding the moral morass they have inhabited for sometime.

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