How Vile Has The Right-Wing Echo Chamber Been Toward Obama?

January 27, 2009

Very. There’s an interesting article in the Columbia Journalism Review by Michael Massing on the subject that’s worth reading. A sample:

“In the end, no institution devoted more energy to assailing Barack Obama than Fox News. Any pretense that the network is anything other than an arm of the most rigid reaches of the Republican Party was dispelled by its relentless campaign against the Democrats. On The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly offered nightly reports on Bill Ayers, including one ‘exclusive’ in which a reporter staked out the Chicago professor’s house for days, then confronted him so aggressively that Ayers had to call the police. Greta Van Susteren, when not gushing over Sarah and Todd Palin, seemed to offer up a series of Republican talking points. ‘Next: Who Is Rashid Khalidi?’ went a typical teaser. Appearing regularly on the network were a series of professional Democrat detractors, including architect-of-the-most-unpopular-presidency-in-American-history Karl Rove, onetime-Bill-Clinton-adviser-disgraced-after-having-been-found-consorting-with-a-prostitute Dick Morris, and the always-welcome-on-Fox-no-matter-how-foul-her-views Ann Coulter. ‘I feel,’ she said on one show, ‘like we are talking to the Germans after Hitler comes to power, saying, “Oh, well, I didn’t know. I had no idea he was going to be like this.””

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