Earlier this month, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn commented that Fox News is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” She then defended those remarks on CNN’s Reliable Sources, saying that “the reality of it is that Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it’s not ideological.” “What I think is fair to say about Fox is — and certainly the way we view it — is that it really is more of a wing of the Republican Party,” Dunn added.
Of course, the network has pushed back on Dunn’s assertions, arguing that “its news hours — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays — are objective.” Fox Political Analyst Brit Hume added that “if Fox News really were a GOP mouthpiece, the White House would not be attacking it.”
However, Fox’s “objective” news hosts have also, quite literally, been GOP mouthpieces on the issue of the economic stimulus package and job creation. In July, House Republicans took to the floor to repeat the mantra “where are the jobs?” And Fox’s anchors, led by America’s Newsroom co-host Bill Hemmer, have adopted the phrase as their own, repeating it over and over on their news shows (on both Fox News and the Fox Business Network). Watch a compilation:
While asking the question again and again, Fox hasn’t seemed interested in finding the answer. After all, officials in many states — including North Carolina, Alabama, California, Idaho and Ohio — have been steadily reporting the number of jobs they’ve created. And today, a new report from the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which oversees the stimulus implementation, stated that “about 30,000 jobs have been directly created or saved by contractors who received money from the federal stimulus program.”
Thus far, Fox contributor Juan Williams seems to be the only one acknowledging the truth, saying that Fox consists of “conservative audience-oriented programming. And I don’t think anybody is going to debate that.”