Fox News Deceptively Edits Video To Misrepresent Politician’s Views
Oh, wait… did I say Fox News?
I meant to say NBC News:
And, it being a new age and all, Ed Schultz has already been forced to retract and apologize. Not for, you know, falsely accusing Governor Perry of racism. That’s obviously in the “fake but accurate” category and therefore needs no apology. But he is sorry he got caught doing something so transparently stupid.
As for my own… misleading headline, there’s a larger point here. NBC News broadcasts Ed Schultz, so in a sense it’s accurate to say “they” did this, just as I see some overwrought accusation that Fox News did something dastardly pretty much every day.
But it’s only accurate in that trivial sense in either case. Schultz is a commentator, not a news anchor. He’s on air to propound opinions. So it’s not really fair or accurate to say “NBC News” did this, as if the corporate entity was taking this position. So, too, almost every screeching Fox News story I see: The overwhelming majority of the time, it’s some talking head saying something which is clearly and unambiguously that person’s opinion, not the news arm.
Yes, the very fact that Ed Schultz has a job at NBC–or Beck did at Fox–is suggestive of the corporate parent’s leanings. But an avowedly partisan host or guest is still not the corporation. When the actual news arm shows its petticoats–which happens plenty often enough across the media–that’s worth comment. I don’t watch any of these stations–I don’t even know what their channel numbers are on my satellite service–so I don’t have a dog in any of these hunts. But the never-ending quest to tar whole news outlets with the misdeeds of a few of the opinion-spouting people that appear on them is beyond tiresome.