This spring, I offered a blog post entitled “I have a crush on Rachel Maddow.” Last night, she again earned my respect and hopefully that of all open-minded folks when she took on Fox News and Bill O’Reilly for their blatant twisting of the news for political effect. Maddow said the following to O’Reilly:
your network, FOX News, continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make white Americans fear black Americans [emphasis added], which FOX News most certainly does for a political purpose even if it upends the lives of individuals like Shirley Sherrod, even as it frays the fabric of the nation, and even as it makes the American Dream more of a dream and less of a promise.
Is MSNBC biased? Are Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow opinionated? Of course, but that’s not the point. The point is journalistic integrity, and that’s an alien concept to Fox News. Conservative billionaire Rudolph Murdock owns the network, and he can hire right-wing entertainers if that’s what he wants to do, but accepting falsified tapes and trumpeting them as newsworthy “frays the fabric of the nation’” as Maddow correctly asserts. Troubled by the fractious political situation in America as exemplified by the tea-baggers? Look no further than Fox News and their McCartheyesqe, fear mongering falsehoods.
Here’s the full Maddow video clip.