Fox Seems Scripted For Administration On Hurricane
As I approach home from my long trip, I've been catching up on hurricane coverage. Reaching the Shakespeare Festival here, I bought my first New York Times since June and was delighted, if not surprised, to see its massive, acute coverage of the storm's aftermath, with a special section and a terrific series of Science stories. It's what you expect from the NYT. They never disappoint in disaster coverage.
Also, since crossing the border from Canada last Friday, I've had the opportunity to look at Fox Network coverage of Katrinia's aftermath and compare it with CNN.
There really is no comparison. CNN has consistently done a great job.
But Fox's coverage seems prescripted to whitewash the Bush Administration and its handling of the storm.
Even President Bush has acknowledged that the response from the authorities initially left much to be desired. But you don't get this from Fox, which, as usual, is more royalist than the King.
Its correspondents keep up a drumfire of how massive the response has been, and what a great job the military has been doing at it. There is little real coverage from Fox -- just blah, blah, blah about everything the government has been doing for the people of New Orleans. People have been dying, and Fox can't bring itself to be honest.
I'd like to see the ratings during this period. I'd be surprised if CNN has not been catching up to Fox in watchers. Particularly outstanding has been the ever-sensitive, inquisitive Aaron Brown, who has been at a lifetime best night after night.
With Fox, it is sad. John Carroll was rght when he termed this not really a journalistic organization. It is shameful when the press fails to do its duty in such an emergency.
Fox is not only a rank ideologue, it is proving itself unprofessional, unbalanced and biased. Showing that its slogan and salesmanship is a big lie.