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Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post had a fawning story today about Bret Baier, who has just replaced Britt Hume as the head of Fox’s Washington newscast. “Hume was a proud conservative who saw himself as providing a balanced counterweight to the media’s liberal slant,” Kurtz wrote. “Baier says he is an independent who does not bring an ideological approach to his work.”
Yep, there’s not an ideological bone in Baier’s body. Consider his 2006 hour-long special report on Donald Rumsfeld, “Why He Fights,” as wonderfully skewered here on the Daily Show. As Jon Stewart remarked, “Am I smelling the fair or the balanced?”
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More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”