Is Fox News Still “Fair and Balanced?”
It would appear as of late, that Fox News may be having some credibility problems among its loyal viewers, and with good reason. In the past loyal viewers accepted the actions by network executive in firing former host Bill O’Reilly perhaps one of the most influential and gifted conservative commentators on either cable or network TV, because of sexual harassment allegations. Viewers also accepted the sudden departure of Eric Bolling amid claims accusing him of sending unsolicited lewd photographs and text messages to female colleagues.
There’s little doubt those dismissals may have been justified. However within the last year or so, Fox the only beacon of conservative principles within a sea of progressive gobbledygook has steadily been slipping further and further to the left.
The untimely departure and death of Roger Ailes, set the wheels in motion once Rupert Murdoch took active control of the network, eventually turning the entire operation over to his two progressive sons, who’ve been slowly turning the iconic conservative-leaning system towards a more progressive direction.
The most apparent lurch to the left comes from Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who anchor’s a daily afternoon news show, in which he continually goes after the administration.
His most memorable and perhaps despicable rant for many loyal Fox viewers came in a segment in 2017, with another Fox anchor Chris Wallace, when “Shep” flew into a rage and began ranting, accusing the President of lying about Russia.
“If there’s nothing there, and that’s what they tell us. They tell us there’s nothing to this and nothing came of it, there’s a nothing-burger, it wasn’t even memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell you about it, because it wasn’t anything, so I didn’t even remember it, with a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower. If all of that, why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie? … The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling. And there are still people who are out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not and look around and go, “Where are we, and why are we getting told all these lies?”
This brings us to the present, regarding another Fox host, and the apparent “double-standard” practiced by Fox Executives; Judge Jeanine Pirro may soon suffer the same faith as Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling. However, her sin wasn’t something she did off the air in a locker-room, but rather by asking a sincere and honest probing question regarding a member of Congress concerning that member’s action and more importantly her core principles.
Moreover for asking that impertinent question someone within the upper floors of Fox News suspended the popular firebrand host.
Here’s the excerpt of what Pirro said regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar that got her suspended. Then pair her comments with that of Smith’s regarding his rant about President Trump.
“She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it,” Pirro said. “Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Pirro asked a legitimate question of Omar regarding Islamic doctrine and Sharia Law, and because she did, she’s been suspended, perhaps on her way to being fired.
Perhaps even more egregious then suspending Pirro, was Fox’s decision to hire former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile, who was fired by CNN for tipping off the Hillary Clinton campaign about debate topics in 2016.
“There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats,” Brazile said in a statement.
That might very well be true, in that many conservatives are finding other alternative news sources besides their so-called “Fair and Balanced” network. News organizations like One America News and Newsmax are slowly picking up many disgruntled former Fox viewers, myself included.