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Old 10-16-2012, 02:52 PM
Blaster Master is offline
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In short, Fox News as a channel is as conservative as you'll see in cable news, but I also don't think that's really particularly a fair way to assess the channel. Anyone who watches Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity or Fox and Friends hopefully knows they're not watching a news show but a commentary show, those are going to be slanted. They're there because they realize their audience is conservative and there's a demand for conservative commentary.

That said, when I've seen their straight news, it's usually pretty straightforward. In fact, the straight cable news on pretty much any channel is generally going to have a lot less bias. There is some, but it's no where near the level that you get out of a pundit show. However, even if they're giving a perfectly unbiased report, being aware of their audience, they'll still be more likely to report on things that their audience is interested in. So, during the presidential election, you're probably more likely to see Romney coverage on Fox News and Obama coverage on MSNBC. So, to that end, there is a bit of unavoidable bias simply by virtue of catering to their audience.

So, all that, yeah, if you're going to flip on during O'Reilly, Fox News is about as biased as you're going to get. But if you're just watching the straight news and taking the commentary shows as just that, it's not really all that bad. So it just really depends on how you want to look at it.