Fox News Coverage of the French Protests Is Better than NYT Coverage
I just watched half an hour of Fox News coverage of the French protests (where it's all protests all the time), and it was surprisingly fair and balanced.
Even though the anchors clearly thought the protesters are stupid hippies, they saved their opining for the interviews with analysts (where they came out with nuggets such as "wouldn't these people just protest anything?"). The actual reporting was admirably neutral and factual, rather than surreptitiously weaving in their neoliberal bias, as the NYT does.
Their experts were surprisingly clear-headed, and one was even a progressive from Harper's. A Newsweek analyst said that "believing that job insecurity will lead to more jobs requires a major leap of faith," and the Harpers editor discussed the context of the strong French movement against the worst aspects of globalization. The overall impression was that it was a clash of ideas, whereas in the Times it seems like a clash between people who understand how the world works vs. stupid, selfish students who just don't get it.
The New York Times could take a lesson from those liberal wackos at Fox.
Tags:politics, paris, media bias, Fox