Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Fox Seems Scripted For Administration On Hurricane

Written from Ashland, Oregon--

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.

4 Comments:

Anonymous thomas J. Atkins Sr said...

As an employee of many newspapers for fifty years. It is sad that all of you editorial people cannot be objective in your view of events.
You reflect, in your latest post, the typical leftist bias,the inability to give an honest reportage of the situation.
I am sure that Edward R. Murrow spins in his grave when he sees how all of you have become.
Be well,
thomasjatkinssr@cableone.net

9/06/2005 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My old friend Tom Atkins, why not come to our next dinner at Taix restaurant and meet the man behind the blog? Yes, Ken will be my guest at our October 8th, 2005 dinner.
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9/06/2005 9:52 PM  
Blogger shelly sloan said...

Ken is hardly a liberal.

However, he is off the mark on this one.

Ken, you need to study the law about whose obligation arose just when, and what they did about it.

Federal Troops may not enter a state without the express invitation of the Governor. Even when there, they do not perform a police function. That is for the State Guard to perform, at the direction of the Governor, who appoints its commanding officer.

Read about the Mayor's obligation, and how he left a huge amount of school buses that could have been used to evacuate the infirm, totally unused and now under four feet of water after he used a loudspeaker to announce the order to evacuate (finally).

Then tell me about Fox news and bias.

And, lastly, to quote the most biased employee (I will not use the term "journalist" nor even "newsman" to describe the biased and borderline anti-semitic John Carroll) on bias, gives a new meaning to the word "chutzpah".

Your trip has exhausted you; the old Ken Reich would have been much more knowledgeable and less apt to swallow the liberalist line.

9/06/2005 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Two ignorant comments that try to defend Fox by claiming that anyone who doesn't read from the Republican talking points of the day is a "leftist" but are unable to refute any of the points you made.

Yes, Mr. Atkins, you can be certain that Edward R. Murrow spins in his grave over the Faux News that tries to pass itself off as the real thing. Fair and balanced indeed!

Sounds like these guys learned everything they know from Fox News, the Pravda of our time. How sad!

9/07/2005 7:21 AM  

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