But let’s put all of that aside and focus on a point too many observers don’t appreciate: the line between Fox News’ personality-driven primetime hosts and Fox News’ “reporting” doesn’t exist. This isn’t a network that does legitimate journalism during the day, and then let’s GOP clowns run wild at night — this is a network that acts as the arm of a political party and a cog in a larger partisan machine all day.[….]
Josh (Marshall) added, “If you actually watch Fox News with any regularity it’s hard to see any point to discussing the fact that the station operates more or less openly as a wing of the GOP.” And yet, now that the White House has shown the audacity to note this plain fact, the pushback from other media figures is pretty intense.
For Ruth Marcus and others, the problem isn’t that Fox News is making a mockery of modern journalism; the problem is that the White House has acknowledged reality. The establishment, I’m afraid, is complaining about the wrong party here.
There are lots of reasons
for why mainstream journalists to would side with Fox on this one. There’s the fact that it’s always good to take an irrational right-wing position to prove you’re not teh librul. There’s the need to defend fellow real journalists like Chris Wallace and Brit Hume from the vituperative, foul-mouthed blogging hordes. (EDIT: if you can’t tell this is snark….)
But I have to wonder if there’s something else at work here too: the possibility of having to work for Murdoch some day. It’s an article of faith among a lot of journalists that Murdoch is a super-brilliant businessman whose genius will transcend the economic crisis that is destroying the news business, that he will somehow take declining ad revenues and make declining-ad-revenue-ade. Better to be on his side, just to be safe.
Maybe I’m being too cynical. But I think that’s part of the dynamic here.