20 August 2005
You came here for an argument
I had to shake my head in disbelief at this bit of tape from our Fox affiliate in Phoenix. The cameraman was sent out to talk to anti-war protesters gathered to show solidarity with Cindy Sheehan. And he ran into one fellow who had issues about talking to anyone from Fox News.
"I'm not talking to anybody from Fox. (WHY?) If you don't know by now, then there's nothing I can say that will help you. And I work for the news agency, as a matter of fact.”
He works for a news agency and he's participating in an anti-war protest. And he thinks that is fair and balanced.
Well, is he working for the news agency at that moment, or is he protesting in his spare time? The brief clip doesn't make that clear, and I certainly don't think it's reasonable to expect that reporters should not have opinions or that they should not act on the opinions they have; I ask only that they keep them out of their actual reports.
Still, I wonder which news agency keeping in mind, one man's news agency is another man's fetid swamp he works for.
(Caught by McGehee.)Posted at 9:30 AM to Political Science Fiction