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Fox News, the self-branded "Fair and Balanced" network, appears to have thrown even the most feigned attempt at "balance" in the debate over health insurance reform, right out the window.
Critical media observers need only review reporter Griff Jenkins' recent coverage of a New Mexico "tea party," which this writer can only summarize as being similar to to sideline interviews at a sports game ... If the interviewer were, say, employed by the team he's interviewing.
This video was aired by Fox News on Sept. 1, 2009.
One protester suggested that the group crowding around the reporter is representative of the "silent majority" that is finally waking up. However, a recent SurveyUSA poll found that over two-thirds of Americans support having a public health insurance option.
Although, I cannot claim to recall ever seeing this sort of protest coverage on the Fox News Channel when peace activists marched against the war in Iraq. No, in fact it was quite the opposite, and the crowds that Jenkins waded through were not nearly as friendly.
Here's an example of hostile protest coverage and a hostile response, broadcast by Fox News just ahead of the Democratic National Convention in August, 2008.