Fox News Accuses NPR of Offensive and Biased Coverage

Today on Fox and Friends Fox News continued the right wing attack on NPR, as they now claimed that George Soros got Juan Williams fired because he recently donated $1.8 million to NPR. Steve Doocy claimed that, “NPR has a bone to pick and an axe to grind with Fox News.” Brian Kilmeade accused NPR of, “a history of biased and offensive coverage.”

Here is the video from Media Matters:

The hypocrisy and hilarity ensued when Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends accused NPR of firing Juan Williams because Juan Williams was fired for saying what he felt, and asked,”Wait a minute. All he was doing was saying what he felt. How can feelings be dangerous to a democracy?” Gretchen Carlson blamed George Soros for Juan Williams being fired, “One other really important point that the general public should know about is that George Soros a very left Democrat has just recently given NPR $1.8 million, so today and yesterday many people were asking questions about how that donation and that influx of cash into NPR factored in, if at all, to the firing of Juan Williams, so no doubt there’s going to be a big investigation looking into that now.”

Doocy made the attack painfully obvious by saying, “He said it on Fox News, and I think that’s really it. They got a bone to pick and an axe to grind with Fox News.” The Fox and Friends crew then gave their laundry list of NPR bias. Their list consisted of four examples. First, Terry Gross pointing out last week that there appears to be a lot of extremist candidates running in the GOP this year. Second, they claimed that the Israeli opinion was not represented in a July panel discussion about the flotilla incident. Third, they mentioned a comment by an NPR commenter calling the rapture crap, which Fox and Friends characterized as a call for Christian genocide. And lastly, they listed Nina Totenberg’s 15 year old comment about Jesse Helms getting HIV.

I can provide more examples of Fox bias than Fox and Friends about NPR from yesterday alone.

Here is Sean Hannity on his Fox Radio show campaigning and fundraising for PA Republican Pat Toomey:

Here is Fox and Friends’ own Steve Doocy calling agreeing with Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle on abolishing the Department of Education:

Here is Neil Cavuto hosting Republican Freedom Works’ Dick Armey who fear mongered about Democrats and early voting:

Here is Newt Gingrich promoting his Republican fundraising website on FNC:

The fact that Fox News would accuse NPR or any other network on this planet of bias is hysterical. Fox News is television channel that exists solely to promote the Republican cause. Notice that I did not have to go back 15 years to find evidence of offensive and biased coverage on Fox. One day was more than enough. Gretchen Carlson was correct about something. NPR is partially funded with taxpayer money. Exactly two percent of NPR’s budget comes from the federal government.. NPR is really an outstanding example of free market principles as most of their funding comes from programming fees and advertising.

What Fox News does not tell its viewers is that DeMint’s proposal is not just about defunding NPR. The right is also out to defund Big Bird, Elmo and PBS. In this respect, Juan Williams is nothing more than a cover story for the GOP’s latest attempt to privatize public television and radio. Richard Nixon tried to get rid of public radio and television in 1971. The Reagan administration tried in 1981. Bob Dole pushed for it in 1993. Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution House tried in 1995. The Republican controlled House tried again most recently in 2005, and now we have Jim DeMint, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin, and Fox News trying again in 2010.

Notice that the right tries to get rid of public TV and radio every 5-10 years, and also notice that the figures leading the movement are getting weaker. We have gone from two presidential administrations, Nixon and Reagan, to two Republican controlled Houses to a senator in the minority party, a member of the House minority leadership, a failed VP candidate/reality TV star, and the GOP propaganda cable television channel. Despite the flap over Juan Williams, this movement is fading.

The reason for this is that the vast majority of politicians on both sides of the aisle know that PBS and NPR are very popular with the American people. Campaigns against Big Bird and Elmo never end well for the GOP. Fox News has been using NPR as their liberal media bias boogeyman for years, and right now they want revenge because NPR fired one of their own.

It is ridiculous to the rest of us that FNC would “expose” the bias of NPR while ignoring their own, but to the audience who watches only Fox the message of media mistrust was reinforced. The brainwashing continued with FNC telling their viewer that NPR is an evil liberal conspiracy run by George Soros. Look at what NPR did to poor Juan? They are your enemy Fox News viewer, stick with us where you get the real facts and are safe. While their campaign to defund NPR will certainly fail, Fox News will succeed in keeping their viewers paranoid, uninformed and scared, and that is the secret to the News Corporation profit model.

17 Replies to “Fox News Accuses NPR of Offensive and Biased Coverage”

  1. It’s really kinda funny when you think about it, watching these clowns work on FOX…they’re inhabiting a little world all their own, completely insulated from reality. I mean, I’ve watched this stuff during my cardiac rehab and I just stare in wonder as they talk about a reality that…is not real. It’s like a sitcom or something. I’ve actually laughed, probably leaving some of the others working out wondering if I was going mad.
    This is just more of the same, albeit on a grander scale of hypocrisy than is the norm, even for FOX News.

  2. How galling Fox calling the kettle black. The most unfair and unbalanced group of idiots I have ever heard on one station. My goodness. This is so over the top. I don’t think he should of been fired but lets face it Palin could give a damn about Williams. NPR has the right to hire and fire who they want just like any other news organization. What is the beef Fox. I think you protest way to much.

  3. Hey butt whole. It turned out he was right. Maybe you didn’t care if our troops were being sent to be killed but I sure did have a steak in it. My relatives were of age at that time. My dad was in VN before anyone knew where the place was. My father-in-law was in VN and wounded there. He was a trainer. He was there in the beginning before the build up. He said then it was a lost cause. He said the people didn’t have the fight in the belly. He knew long before we got out it was a losing cause. People like you make me sick. I wonder if you ever went off to war? Or are you one of those republicans who are good at getting their own kids out of battles but are so willing to send others in their place or there own kid’s place. Wonder which one you are. Liberals are great people through history. Its republicans who have screwed the country over and over. I hope the democratics win the house and senate and leave republicans on their crack. All over the country you have crack head teapublicans running wanting to take away anyoneelses social security, medicare, unemployment yet these crack heads take advantage of all these programs themselves. The republicans are willing to liars, and cheats take over their party. I want to tell you republicans you need to man up and get rid of the grizzly bitches who keep trying to deball you and your own men in your own party. Man up and shut up. Long live the great Walter Cronkite who was well respected for his honesty.

  4. Crybaby liberals at it again…

    Wah, wah, wah…

    NPR stands for Not Patriotic Republicans.

    Get it through your over-intellectualized heads: Fox News is fair and balanced. NPR, on the other hand, has been taking public money and pushing a liberal agenda for years. That liberal agenda: fact-based news, discerning analysis, and actually asking questions of candidates. What kind of liberal elitism is that? And all funded by the public no less!

    The worst left-wing slant of all perpetrated by NPR over the decades? Advocating intellectualism. Any news organization that advances facts over gut feeling, encourages thinking over emotionally-crippling fear, champions a smart, informed, learned audience over angry white men spitting vitriol is clearly in the pockets of the liberal elite in this country.

    NPR? No thanks. I’ll take my fair and balanced Fox News any day.

    Just compare NPR to Fox and it becomes pretty clear to anyone with any brain cells which one is the REAL news organization and which one is the propaganda arm of a political party.

  5. The most biased, unfair, and unbalanced outlet is actually declaring war on NPR. With their lies, distortions, hatemongering, and outright negativity, FOX is the last “news” outlet that should be accusing any other of being biased and offensive. No one tops FOX for being uninformative, hate-filled, and incendiary. I hope they end up with egg in their collective faces, because this makes them look especially stupid.

  6. Fruitcake alert!

    Fox is “fair and balanced”?

    Obviously when they let you out of your cage, you turn an incorrect turn. Not even Fox pretends they are fair and balanced. Evidently while you were in rehab drying out, you didn’t get the memo.

  7. I love your thoughts but you really do need to slow down a bit when you are typing and work on that spelling ok?
    I don’t believe the Tbigots are crackheads. They ARE ignorant and they ARE haters. They are also very uneducated and easily frightened, and manipulated.

    Also it isn’t considered wise to depend upon the phrase “man up” because that is totally a Republican dogwhistle.

    But we all loved and respected Walter Cronkite. He was really a great journalist and he had a huge heart. Not like some of these fools with their panties in a wad on FUX Propaganda channel.

  8. Fox News is Fair and Balanced, huh? How so?

    What really pisses me off are these polls and “researched” facts that Fox News is the MOST trusted (49%) news channel. Also the least distrusted (37%). Check it out:

    Who are they polling? Republicans and unregistered voters?

    What has happened to this country? We can Unite when we go to war (for all the wrong reasons) but be segregated when we have a Black President? What the hell has the GOP done other than say NO!!?!?!?

    I am so sick of this garbage. This division is absolute tripe. Looks like the GOP will win the house, and then all will be lost and hell will break loose.

    Great Job Tea Party and Right Wing nuts, You just single-handily ruined America.

  9. Yet people still watch them. Follow them and polls say they are the most trusted.

    Hmmmm, but I do recall that Stewart and Colbert give the actual facts and people LEARN more from them than any other news station.

    Oh, and Stewart/Colbert shows are comedies.

    I wish Fox News would go away…when Fox News actually tried to sue its parent company (The Simpsons made fun of them) that should have shown EVERYONE how dumb they are.

  10. you may find one reason that Fox news is so upset about National Public Radio. It would be the fact that the program called all things considered gets 13 million listeners all by itself. What’s the top draw at Fox news? Bill O’Reilly with 3 million on his very best days. There are other shows on NPR who draw almost as many listeners as all things considered as well. NPR wipes Fox news right off the map when it comes to people who tune in

  11. I am forever amused at the liberal fear of Fox. The repeated attempts to discredit Fox as biased and the completely shameless and clueless defenses of NPR as an “objective news source” shows a huge blind spot on the part of “progressives, liberals, democrats”. I am an INDEPENDENT. Split my ticket on every election. I can’t stand Rush or O’Rielly or Olberman. Fox is biased-at about 1/2 the rate that NPR is. I love NPR and listen every day. But if you can’t see where they are coming from and hate Fox then you are not paying attention. NPR is farther left than Fox is right. You can disagree with me and I won’t think you a fool or belittle you. How many of you who disagree with me can say the same? See above for proof.

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