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Sly as a FOX?
Fair and balanced? We report, you decide? These are the clever catch phrases used by the FOX news network to try and put an impartial spin on what is clearly a biased news station. When you dig a little bit deeper, beyond the vitriol of a Bill O'Rielly and the smug talking points of a Sean Hannity, what you find is that the experts utilized by FOX, are lucky to not be in jail, let alone posing as experts. Exactly what did the likes of Newt Gingrich, Mark Furman, Oliver North and Anne Coulter do to be hired by FOX as "contributors"?

Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House during the Clinton years. He was responsible for the daily anti-Clinton rhetoric, which eventually culminated in the ridiculous impeachment of a sitting President, solely for partisan politics. All we heard back then was the rule of law. Clinton had lied, and thus the nation needed to be dragged through a process whose only purpose was the continuous embarrassment of our President. Of course, now we have a President who has deceived the nation about far more serious matters such as war and the costs of war, but we see no discussion from the right about the rule of law. What Newt will probably be most remembered for however, is his blatant, unwavering hypocrisy. You see, during the Clinton Lewinsky scandal, we heard daily from Newt about family values, and how Clinton was such a poor role model for America as a President. What was hypocritical about this is that while he was preaching, he was secretly having an affair with a woman 23 years younger than him. Then again, this is a man who thought nothing of asking his first wife for a divorce while she was recovering from surgery, in a hospital. Nowadays, we get to hear him pontificate on FOX, as a political expert. While he may have some expertise in this area, he also has specialized in bouncing checks, making shady book deals, lying to Congress, and of course blatant hypocrisy.

When I saw Mark Furman on a FOX political talk show as a "contributor", I had to do a double take. Usually brought in to discuss legal cases, his stature as a former detective seems to have some relevance on the surface. Does anyone else remember why this man is no longer a police detective? In the middle of the trial of the century, this is the man exposed as a racist, potentially planting evidence, and eventually pleading no contest to perjury. It was his unbelievability in the OJ Simpson case that was a major reason Simpson was found innocent. Soon after, he resigned as a detective, and now we are supposed believe him as an expert on the FOX news channel?

Oliver North is not only a "contributor" — he has his own show on FOX! He must have really broken the law to deserve such treatment. Well, he did. According to his own sworn testimony, North's primary function in the Reagan administration was coordinating the covert sale of arms to Iran, and then taking the profits to provide arms to the Contra army in Nicaragua. All of these actions were of course illegal. At trial, North couldn't logically explain where he got the $15,000 found in his closet, why he made cash payments totaling $19,000 for a used car, why he received $4,300 in traveler's checks, or the $13,800 home security system he received. In the end he was convicted of illegally receiving the security system, lying to Congress, and shredding official documents — all three felonies. That is quite an impressive resumé, which apparently is the job description FOX is looking for to host their "War Stories" series, as well as appear on various FOX political talk shows as a "contributor".

What can one say about Anne Coulter? She says it so much better herself. These are all quotes directly made by Anne:
"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."
"If they have the one innocent person who has ever to be put to death this century out of over 7,000, you probably will get a good movie deal out of it."
"The presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail."
and to a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."

Thanks Anne. That material is so much better than anything snappy I could have written here. I am just confused about why FOX seems to think that someone who makes these kinds of comments with such regularity is an expert on anything other than stupidity.

But that is really the point here. The saying goes, "you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep." When we are looking at the company that FOX News not only keeps, but pays, we see what they value, and what they reward: hypocrisy, felonious activity, perjury, and callousness. This doesn't seem particularly fair, nor balanced. They have reported: we all need to decide.
10 May 2004 by Anthony Wade


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