10.13.2009

Fox News is "a 24/7 political op" of "opinion journalism masquerading as news" Out to Destroy Obama

Media Matters president Burns joined fill-in Lawrence O'Donnell on last night's Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann to discuss the White House smack down of Fox "news."

White House holding Fox News to account

Oct. 12: Eric Burns, president of Media Matters for America, discusses whether it’s helpful that the White House defined Fox News as “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

UPDATE I:

Here's an excerpt from Media Matters' Eric Boehlert's piece, "Memo to the media: Fox News is now the Opposition Party":

Fox News has changed the rules. Now the press needs to change the way it covers Fox News.

Rupert Murdoch's cable cabal is now, first and foremost, a political entity. Fox News has transformed itself into the Opposition Party of the Obama White House, which, of course, is unprecedented for a media company in modern-day America. That partisan embrace means the news media have to expand beyond typing up Fox News-ratings-are-up and the White-House-is-angry stories, and it needs to start treating the cable channel for what it is: a partisan animal.

The press needs to drop its longstanding gentleman's agreement not to write about other news outlets as news players --not to get bogged down in criticizing the competition -- because those newsroom rules no longer apply. Fox News has exited the journalism community this year. It's a purely political player, and journalists ought to start covering it that way.

I understand Fox News still wants to enjoy the benefits of being seen as a news operation. It still wants the trappings and the professional protections that go with it. But it no longer functions as a news outlet, so why does the rest of the press naively treat it that way?

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