Friday, June 08, 2007

The Battle Between Fox News' Competing Interests

Watching the 11AM Eastern News on CNN, they led with the arraignment of congressman William Jefferson (D-Louisiana). He spoke afterwards about what a great guy he was, and how wonderful his career has been. Toss him away for all I care.

So, I quickly flicked over to Fox News that lives to find anything bad that a democrat does which can minimize the Republican culture of corruption. I was waiting for breathless reports about how this was worse than Scooter Libby, Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff combined.

Instead, they were discussing the hearing for Paris Hilton that was coming up in an hour. Sure enough MSNBC was covering the same thing. I am a partisan democrat. I happen to think though, that a sitting member of congress being arraigned is the big news of the day. That's just me.

Paris Hilton must draw viewers though. Partisan bias is a chief reason for Fox's existence, but we can not forget it's Rupert Murdoch inspired tabloid nature. Ana Nicole Smith got much more coverage on the network than the US Attorney firings. It was not just politics. Fox News is a tabloid for dumb conservatives.

Elvis sightings may not be too far away.