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Friday, April 25, 2003
My conversation with Andrew Napolitano
This morning I was doing some work and I was listening to KABC. O”Reilly’s show came on and Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News judical analyst, was guest host (click here for a bio and a photo; he looks like a real tool). The topic for the hour was former CNN head Ted Turner’s criticism of Fox News’ obvious bias--which Napolitano, not surprisingly, said didn't exist. I called in and this time (I have appeared on O’Reilly’s show before) I posed as “Floyd” from Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes has good surfing but nasty locals).
Here's the transcript:
NAPOLITANO: Floyd, what do you think—what do you think about Fox [News] and the manner, Floyd, in which it covered the war which just concluded?
SCOOBIE: I think there was a big double standard and there was really no perspective in the way in which Fox News was really part and parcel of the attempt to silence dissent.
NAPOLITANO: Wait a minute. What dissent, Floyd, did Fox silence? It didn’t silence me. It didn’t silence Bill O’Reilly. It didn’t silence those of us who have been critical of the government when we think it’s wrong.
SCOOBIE: There was no objective reporting in terms of people who had reasonable beliefs that the war was wrong. The Dixie Chicks give their opinion about George W. Bush and they’re viewed as un-American and pro-Saddam and stuff like that. Let’s compare that to Fox News’ coverage in terms of Kosovo when you had Tom Delay who wanted to pull the plug on the troops—on the military budget when you had troops who were in harm’s way, nobody attacked him--
NAPOLITANO: I’m beginning to wonder, Floyd, just how much of Fox you watch. We’ve had leading Democrats—with the exception of Al Sharpton—I don’t think I’ve seen him on. We have had every declared Democratic candidate for president on Fox within the past month. We’ve had the chairman of the Democratic National Committee on. We’ve had Congresswoman Pelosi—who’s the leader of the Democrats in the House. We’ve had Congresswoman Jane Harmen, a liberal [Democrat] from California—all on the air almost every day, because fair and balanced is not just a motto, it’s the essence of what we do at Fox. Have you heard those folks?
SCOOBIE: Yes, I have and I’m glad you mentioned that. Nancy Pelosi gives her opinion and you have someone like Brit Hume calling her opinion juvenile—which is his right to do [Note: Hume said this on Fox News Sunday]. But what I’m saying is don’t talk about fair and balanced to me when you have someone like Roger Ailes who heads Fox News—a man who was part of the ugly and ghoulish smear against President Clinton that he was responsible for the death of Vince Foster. [Note: click here for more info on this].
[NAPOLITANO MUTES SCOOBIE; ONCE AGAIN, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, MUTE THE CALLER. WHAT A PUSSY!]
NAPOLITANO: Roger, listen you jackass, Roger Ailes created the greatest newsgathering organization out of whole cloth and it’s crushed the liberal monolith that existed at CNN and I think you’re part of it and I think you’re bitter because of that. But thanks for calling my friend...
2010 UPDATE: Napolitano spreads the discredited Foster conspiracy theory on Fox News referring to Foster's "murder." What a douche.