Thursday, February 17, 2005

Calls for Brit Hume to Resign

Dan Rather was tricked into using what were presumably fake memos to support a story which was otherwise factual. This was a mistake, and Rather appolgized (and most likely stepped down as anchor as a result of this). CBS had a full investigation.

If we are to call for news anchors to resign for misinformation, intentionally deceiving viewers on a regular basis is far worse than an isolated error. Anchors on Fox News (as well as some elsewhere, such as Judy Woodruff at CNN) regularly distort the news to support their viewpoint.

Media Matters for American has pointed out how Brit Hume has distorted the news:

James Roosevelt Jr: Hume's "outrageous distortion" of FDR "calls for a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation"

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and former Social Security associate commissioner James Roosevelt Jr. examined how FOX News Washington managing editor Brit Hume and other pundits distorted a quote by Roosevelt Jr.'s grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in order to claim that the former president would have supported privatizing Social Security.

During their discussion, Olbermann referenced the distortions by Hume, nationally syndicated radio host and former Reagan administration official William J. Bennett, and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund -- which Media Matters for America has documented. Roosevelt Jr. echoed Air America Radio host Al Franken's call for Hume to resign, saying that "he rearranged those sentences in an outrageous distortion, one that really calls for a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation."

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While the same arguments could be made against many other right wing anchors, many bloggers have joined the call for Hume's resignation, such as in this post from Oliver Willis.


Blogger sorecarphagus said...

Brit Hume misquoted FDR? Blasphemy! Who will sound the alarm?
What has happened to our media? Are there no real men left in the reporting game? Is Michael Moore the only man standing with the courage to speak the truth accurately? Are they all afraid that if they speak the truth, that they, like Dan Rather will be drummed out of the spotlight? Pray that Ward Churchill will get the anchor desk after he is inevitably forced out of the Ultra Conservative, University of Colorado, for calling a spade a spade.
Social Security was a dream for FDR. Just because it is a failed system doesn’t mean we can’t keep the dream alive. It is not Franklin's fault that Bush took the entire Social Security trust fund out of the lock box and blew it trying to prop up Enron and Halliburton.
I say we start a Jerry Lewis type telethon to save Social Security. We have to replenish the money that Bush filched. (Or perhaps you thought he only stole elections)

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