Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fox News Identifies Foley as Democrat

Let's get one thing out of the way right up front: I believe that most thinking Americans understood long ago that Fox News is to journalism, what the Republican party is to ethics -- in other words, the two just ain't related.

As if we needed yet more proof that Fox might as well be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican party, there they were last night, in three separate video cutaways, identifying disgraced Republican Congressman Mark Foley as…. a Democrat.

On two segments of the O'Reilly Factor dealing with the Republican pedophile, Fox showed video footage of Foley with a banner reading "Former Congressman Mark Foley (D-FL)."

Here's the screen shot from last night:

They did this at least three different times and, I'm sure, will expect everyone to believe that this could have innocently made it through the editors and fact-checkers who examine these things before they appear on the air.

Yeah, right.

I guess the only possible mitigating factor that Fox News can give today is that, other than the fact that the show's host is indeed named Bill O'Reilly, the entire show is lies, so the chances of anyone believing that Foley is actually a Democrat are quite slim.

While the managing editor in most news organizations would have been calling for someone's head when this happened, the biggest argument at Fox headquarters today is undoubtedly over how big the responsible employee's bonus should be.