Fox News ‘Evil’ or ‘Stupid?’ Maybe Some of Both?

The controversy over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” has brought out the worst in Fox News Channel, and the best in “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” which has hammered FNC relentlessly for its hyperventilating coverage of the trumped-up controversy. Or its trumping-up coverage of the hyperventilating controversy, take your pick.

Last night, Stewart went all “Twilight” on their ass, boiling Fox News into two camps: “Team Evil” or “Team Stupid.” The really damning clips focused on the fact that the Saudi prince Fox talent was huffing and puffing about, Al-Waleed bin Talal, owns a sizable stake in News Corp., their parent company — a fact that they conspicuously failed to mention.

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Extremely funny stuff, but I’d argue it’s a little of both: The trio on “Fox & Friends?” Stupid — although they play it up to seem folksy, which is part of the nature of morning TV. The faux populism pushed by Glenn Beck, and the blatant, facts-be-damned partisanship of Sean Hannity? Evil. And then there’s Bill O’Reilly — more than anything, just pompous.

Oh, and since I’m bashing FNC for failing to disclose its conflict, I’ll disclose mine: I’m currently writing a weekly column for, which is part of News Corp., which also owns Fox News.

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