CNN’s John King has revived an old insult leveled against Fox News during the George W. Bush years.
At that time Fox was pilloried for not actively opposing the Iraq War, as the rest of the media had decided was the only proper journalistic course. In those days, anti-Fox reporters and editors (so-called journalists) snidely referred to Fox as “State Run TV”.
Then came the Obama years. The anti-Bush news media turned on a dime and became lap-dog media for a President they thought could do no wrong, or very damn little wrong. Sometimes, but not often, even Obama seemed to be embarrassed by the gobs of slobber the media left on his suit.
They sat transfixed as he waxed on for fifteen minutes to answer simple news conference questions.
They ignored scandals like Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, and the mother of all Obama lies, the “if you like you plan, you can keep your plan” health care bill you and I both know as Obamacare.
Now comes the Trump era and these media types have “woke”. Now they are back on their oppositional footing, fighting Trump at every turn, insulting him at any opportunity, and working hard with the Antifa Democrats to run him out of office. They sense the mood of the left in this country and they know it is a motivated cohort of disappointed (no, crushed!) and angry (no, furious!) voters (no, didn’t vote but still pissed!), and thus are a gold mine of ratings (tv) and subscriptions (Washpost, NYT).
So to double back to the opening of this piece, here comes John King of Obama idolizing CNN. Now he calls Fox “state tv” .
Pravda is state run media, Al Jazeera is state run tv, the BBC might as well be state run tv. Fox News is not.
It is true that Fox is more conservative than most other media in this country, but that does not make it an arm of the government. Instead Fox is the last place on television voters can see a point of view that isn’t hard left, and isn’t in the business of purposefully targeting the Republican President for a noose (investigations) and a sturdy tree (impeachment).
So from a long time Foxie to a longtime CNN apparatchik: John King you are an insufferable hypocrite.