Leonard Pitts vs. Fox News

A guest commentary.

I was reading Leonard Pitts’ editorial attack on Fox News while I was watching a news report about the fed’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) October 5 while eating breakfast. Pitts’ assault on Fox News made me reach for my flipper and check the two high rated broadcast news programs in the morning on NBC and ABC. I can’t remember which I turned to first but the broadcast news was reporting more details about the tawdry breakup of the Gosselin marriage (John & Kate plus eight) as this family dissolves. I then flipped to the other channel which had a report about the salacious peeping Tom arrest in the Andrews hotel videotape arrest. Tiring of tabloid trash from the coastal elite media I turned back to Fox News.

While Fox News will also slip down to tabloid celebrity journalism on occasion there is a real effort to cover real news. That is quite a contrast from the elite, coastal news media that has been publishing fraudulent stories for years. I remember the disgrace that fell upon the Washington Post concerning the Janet Cooke reporting that turned out to be pure fiction years ago.

The New York Times topped this years later with the Jayson Blair fiction that was published in the paper that the times itself called “… fabricated statements,” in this “reporting.” The New York Times has repeated this disgraceful journalism since then by using omission, distortion, falsification, and emphasis to distort the truth in Bob Kohn’s book “Journalistic Fraud.” Kohn’s 2003 book could be updated with a big slab of new material since that time listing additional disgraceful misbehaviors. In last year’s presidential election the times ran a story alleging improper ties between John McCain and a female beltway lobbyist. This story lacked a source and should have never been published.

All of these abuses were topped in 2004 when Dan Rather tried to change the outcome of the presidential election by reporting a fraudulent story about George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War. This journalistic disgrace destroyed Rather’s career with the final blow occurring with the dismissal of his pathetic lawsuit just a few days ago.

If Mr. Pitts was really interested in media bias he would check out Bernie Goldberg’s numerous books about CBS, Dan Rather, and the disgraceful story told in A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media, a book about the appalling news media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. The elite coastal news media’s behavior since Obama’s inauguration has been almost as sycophantic in its coverage as Pravda was in Moscow during Soviet times.

These were the “news” organization that Mr. Pitts finds credible. Mr. Pitts attacks Fox News commentators and alleges that their mistakes are more egregious than the disgraceful misbehaviors listed above. Recently I heard Glenn Beck, who seems to be the main target for Mr. Pitts’ editorial ire, state a correction at the beginning of his broadcast. This is a huge contrast with Dan Rather who is unrepentant.

Mr. Pitts was unable to issue a single example of any error from Fox News’ broadcasts in his rant. Let me state that Fox News has made errors. I have heard them acknowledge and correct these mistakes on the air. Mr. Pitts ignored this fact.

Now a left winger like Mr. Pitts will oppose Mr. Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity’s politics. Mr. Pitts is upset about their expose of the left wing ballot stuffing group ACORN. That is fine. That is his opinion. Unfortunately, Mr. Pitts will not extend the same First Amendment privilege to folks who disagree with him. Beck, Hannity, and O’Reilly are all opinion commentators who are not engaged in reporting news. Like Mr. Pitts they do engage in commentary on the news. However, the effort by Mr. Pitts to denigrate and through their alleged mistakes according to Mr. Pitts, this column implies we need to muzzle the only network that provides both sides in U.S. television news coverage. This is an insult to the First Amendment and to the disgraceful journalistic malfeasance generated by the elite news media in this country.

Sadly, since Mr. Pitts attack on Fox News in the Wichita Eagle, it now appears that a Wichita Presbyterian Church will be bringing Mr. Pitts in to speak here. The KNSS radio ads for his speech make him sound like some kind of conservative. Mr. Pitts fraudulent attack will now be combined with a fraudulent misrepresentation in these ads. With this kind of record, will Mr. Pitts end up in a prime media posting in NY or in Washington next?

Editor’s note: The program announcement for Pitts’ appearance in Wichita gives this information about him: “For Pitts, the gospel is about personal salvation and seeing the end of social injustices around us, including racism and economic disparity. Using John 13:1-17 where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet as his model, Pitts speaks about not “doing church” but “being church.” He will talk for about 45 minutes at the Town Hall event, followed by a conversation with Eastminster’s senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steven M. Marsh, incorporating written questions from the audience.”

6 Comments

  • Paul Benjamin -

    Fox would have more respect if they had been half as hard on Bush as they are on Obama. But I guess that their aren’t any Republican congressmen or senators doing anything wrong right now. If they were I am sure they would have shown up on Fox.

    You are right about CBS, NBC, ABC, and the rest of the media.

  • Ya, What’s the deal, Eastminster? I think this is just cheep pandering. You should be about the business of the gospel and politics would take care of themselves

  • I think the entire mainstream media has become just an extension of the white house. Pushing Obamas agenda,and never asking the real tough questions Thank God for Fox.I am absolutely frightened to think what our country would be like without fox.This is the same strategy Hugo Chavez used to silence any opposing voices,and were only now one news network and a few talk radio shows away from that reality here in the USA

  • Mike Shaw -

    Fox has it’s faults, but is far and away better than the rest of the biased media. Fox will pursue the tawdry stories too. At But Fox needs to remind folks of the reason for our problems: we turned our backs on the God to whom our founders dedicated this country. He cannot now bless us. We will indeed get the country back someday, but it will take re-dedicating the country to the God of Israel.

  • Anonymous -

    It terrifies me to think about what kind of country our grandkids will inherit. Will they have any of the freedoms we all took for granted? Each day watching the news becomes more scarey. I cannot believe the people in Washington don’t wonder what the United States will be like in 15 to 20 years. Who will be willing to work if the government supplies everything needed to live. People on welfare should be required to work for their money, even if it is cleaning the streets, picking up trash, volunteering at food and meal giveaways, cleaning up their own yards and places where they live. Of course, there are exceptions for the disabled or elderly but other than that I think each welfare receipent should be required to help whenever possible.

  • Bettysue Petty -

    I have read Mr.Goldbergs ‘Slobbering Love Affair with Obama’
    Great read! If Fox News weren’t on cable,I wouldn’t have cable;as there are no other networks that present both sides of the stories. Actually,there are too many liberals on Fox,I could do without Bob Beckel,Kirsten Powers,etc.
    For the most part,liberals won’t let the conservatives speak without interrupting loudly;surely Iam not the only angry listener when I can’t hear what the conservative replies!!!

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