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Fox News & Consistency

Posted in Ethics, Politics, Reasoning/Logic by Michael LaBossiere on January 23, 2009

During the Clinton administration, the folks at Fox News were generally rather critical of executive privilege. During George W. Bush’s years in office, the folks at Fox were staunch supporters of executive privilege. This serious inconsistency was mocked on the Daily Show. Now that Obama is in office, it seems likely that the folks at Fox will be returning to their Clinton era view of executive privilege. No doubt, this sort of inconsistency will extend beyond their comments on executive privilege.

Of course, this sort of behavior is hardly surprising. When it comes to matters of politics, ethics and so forth, people tend to subscribe to two basic principles: “what I like is good” and “what I dislike is bad”. Naturally, most people (including those at Fox) do not state these principles openly. Rather, they conceal them behind the facade of “fake” principles. For example, the fine folks at Fox are not going to say “we don’t like what Obama is doing, so he is wrong.” Rather, they will say something such as “Obama is making an illegitimate use of executive privilege.” Rather than engage in what seems to be deceit (and perhaps self-deceit) the folks at Fox should just be honest and express their political leanings without any such facade. Such deceit would seem unethical and, if they sincerely believe they are “fair and balanced”, they need to come to grips with what seems to be rationalizations on their part. This would certainly help them be better critical thinkers.

Lest I myself seem guilty of being inconsistent, it must be noted that people with liberal leanings do the same sort of thing. For example, someone might have been very critical of Bush’s methods but quite willing to excuse Obama if he to employ those same methods. Being inconsistent is, obviously enough, truly bipartisan.

Naturally, people might claim that there are relevant differences between Bush and Obama and that these would justify a diffence in assessing them. This is quite reasonable-provided that a relevant difference is presented. If someone praises Obama and criticizes Bush for the same sort of actions simply because of her likes and dislikes, then she is not using a relevant difference to justify her assessment. If, in contrast, she showed that Bush’s actions had terrible consequences and Obama’s actions help America, then that would be a relevant difference.

It will be interesting to watch Fox News over the next four years.

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  1. kernunos said, on January 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I have found no articles stating the opposite for at least 75% of the news outlets in the U.S. . I see, you are blinded by the opposite maybe for agreeing just like the intellectual elites you are surrounding yourself with. Since FOX news has come out(the only t.v. news agency to give a different view) I have heard nothing but allegations of biased coverage. It maybe so by definition but methinks you cannot see the forest through the trees.

  2. coldwarning said, on January 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Fox News shouldn’t even be considered news. It’s just Right Wing propaganda.

  3. biomass2 said, on January 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    “It will be interesting to watch Fox News over the next four years.”

    I beg to differ. At best, it may be “entertaining” to watch Fox Opinion (assuming, of course, that you have that much time to waste).

    The possible discovery of the occasional kernal of truth that may emerge from the barrage of unadulterated speculation and partisanship isn’t worth my time.

  4. kernunos said, on January 24, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I will not make a claim that Fox is not biased but the Left Wing media has already admitted to being biased, it’s old news. 🙂 The internet forced their hand. But here you are pig-piling on Fox when your main man Dan Rather ‘not tell the truth’ and others (Jayson Blair comes to mind) have plain made up stories. The end justifies the means when it comes to the left. Even if it means lying. When morality and ethics come from a void on the left it is easy to see how easy it is to justify their own lies. just keep drinking the cool-aid.

  5. kernunos said, on January 24, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Here is a video of a few examples of left wing media lying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNcu_d5Frow

  6. magus71 said, on January 24, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Fox News’ Cable Ratings: 2nd
    CSNBC’s Cable Ratings: 22nd

    Fox News was barely a power during the Clinton years. CNN was clearly the powerhouse then.

    I love it that whacked out leftists dreamers pile on Fox, the single conservative voice of television. And what 24 hour news station do you watch, Mike? I think it’s Fox. I think it was clear to you after seeing some episodes by-proxy of myself, that CNN is a joke compared to Fox, bias or not. CSNBC is the absolute worst though, not only in content, but in production value. They look like they’re being broadcast from someone’s basement.

    And why should one care that Fox News has conservative leanings? Obama got elected, didn’t he? That’s something that would not have occured were it not for the onslaught of negative Iraq war coverage. Few would even know who Obama was, otherwise….

  7. coldwarning said, on January 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Huh ?? LMAO Fox News is pretty cheesy to the eyes as well as the ears. Fox News is total shit! Everyone looks like they are plastic with all the overdone hair and makeup lol

  8. magus71 said, on January 25, 2009 at 4:57 am


    I wouldn’t expect anything else from you. You’re in Augusta, Maine–home of the Moonbat. It’s where all Moonbats go, weather allowing, so they can live in a social-welfare system, be fed free government cheese and peanutbutter and hate everyone that says anything positive about Christianity.

    Tell–no, enlighten us–as to why do you hate Fox so much? Let me guess–you’re an NPR guy.

    Just remember though, capitalism is good. You’ll make money selling your albums. But Maine’s a horrible place for small businesses to grow.

  9. kernunos said, on January 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Look at the best arguments the Left can bring. Such logic, such deep thought. No wonder I became a Conservative. I bring proof of the Left medias’ lies. Hands caught in the cookie jar and embarrassing apologies for self admitted lies. Oh, but Fox News is only biased coverage. By the way, biased and lies are not the same thing. Lies just mean you are so biased it hurts to tell the truth.

  10. magus71 said, on January 26, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Exactly on the bias thing, kernunos.

    And I’ve always said: The reason I’m a conservative isn’t because of conservatives; it’s because of liberals.

  11. kernunos said, on January 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    ‘Hell hath not the scorn of an angered Granola.’. Those modern facist, hippy, crunchnuts did it to me in college. I had not seen that much rage and anger in my life up to that point. It scared me right away from Liberalism. I gibber in a fetal position when I come across ‘feminazis’. The horror……………………………………..

  12. kernunos said, on February 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    It will be interesting to watch ABC also. 🙂


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