If you can make your way through the right-wing garbage in this clip of Stossel and O’Reilly talking about the Kor-ANN and other matters, you may also get a glimpse of how the right wing continues to built their incredible narrative.
John Stossel was tasked to do man-on-the street questions asking “Would you be OK if a Muslim were president?”. At the end of the segment, after BO had got his story across the way he wanted to present it, Mr. Stossel let us behind the scenes in a way that completely pulled the rug from the entire segment. Here is what he said as the music had been qued to go to break…
Stossel: (4min 25 sec into segment above) “I just wanted to add …. I asked 25 people. I thought most would have an objection [to a Muslim President] and your editor just split it 50/50. But almost everyone said, ‘no, no problem’ without hesitation.”
O’Reilly: “This is N.Y City. *slams pen into table* If you go down to Mobile, Alabama you’ll find a little bit of a different find. Alright?”
Awesome! Do you get what just happened there and why it’s so important? O’Reilly had a story to tell – he wanted to “analyze” this whole “Muslim controversy” as a “trumped up deal!” (emphasis Bill’s). He sent out John to find out “what the folks think”.
Turns out the media’s reaction to Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson’s bigoted remarks wasn’t a “trumped up deal” at all – at least based on Stossel’s actual reporting.
But, since O’Reilly and his editor know that people in Mobile, AL feel as Carson do, they were obligated to skew the evidence.
In sum, it’s the story Bill, his editor and FOX want to tell that is more important that the news.
Liberals instinctively get that FOX is doing this. It is the difference between news and politically-biased infotainment.
I can just hear conservatives and those that had really had it up to their necks with the political back-and-forth saying “yeah – but MSNBC does the same thing”. The truth is they don’t – or if they do there is a misguided host or editor it isn’t the raison d’être of a real (or liberal) news organization.
If a liberal news organization got caught doing this – it’s readers/listeners/viewers would demand accountability.
“Really?” you might ask. Yup.
And yes, this is important to me right now as credibility is front and center locally thanks to our locals who might be kindly described as skeptics of big government and big unions. What the left needs to get across is there is really a difference here. Reality does have a liberal bias and there are important reasons why. There are also important reasons why we all (left, center and right) have an obligation to change our country’s and county’s misleading conservative narratives.
BTW: Ben Carson’s soft bigotry:
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”