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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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