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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?”
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
Chances that a doctor’s diagnosis of Lyme disease is erroneous:
Engineers were said to be at greater risk of becoming terrorists.
A deaf dog belonging to a deaf owner was shot and killed in Alabama, and an Indiana dog’s skin troubles were found to be caused by an allergy to humans. “It’s just not his fault,” said the owner of Lucky Dog Retreat.
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