Fairly Balanced

Periodically, I’ve commented on the mainstream media’s love affair with President Obama. It has been so over the top that it makes all previous bias seem tame by comparison. There is one news channel, though, that has annoyed the president to no end. That would be Fox News.

I have to admit that Fox is our default channel at home. It’s where we leave the TV when we turn it off so it will be the first thing that appears when we turn it on again. Fox’s motto is “Fair and Balanced,” and despite its critics’ sneers at the motto, I find it to be true.

There are two types of programs—straight news and commentary. When you view one of the regular news formats, you don’t see much political slant. They always have someone to represent both sides of an issue. When you watch one of the commentary programs, you know that’s what it is—commentary, which is supposed to have a point of view.

The most popular program, as indicated by the ratings, is Bill O’Reilly’s “Factor.” O’Reilly bills himself as an independent, and he always includes people who disagree with his views. On a lot of issues, he is conservative, but he also can raise conservatives’ ire with his support for global warming legislation and for allowing homosexuals to adopt children. He calls himself a cultural warrior, and in most cases he is in agreement with Biblical principles, but he’s not coming at anything with a distinctly Biblical or conservative philosophy.

Sean Hannity, who has the second highest-rated program, is decidedly conservative and about as Republican as a commentator can get. He does make fun of Democrats consistently, yet also has liberal guests who sit on his panel each night.

Glenn Beck is libertarian philosophically. This often puts him in agreement with what I believe simply because he is against too much government involvement. He does annoy me at times, though, when he states that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. His libertarianism also carries over to social issues, which don’t seem to bother him very much. I’ve never heard him talk seriously about abortion or the homosexual agenda. He’s primarily economics- and small-government-oriented. I’ve also heard that he is a Mormon, so that hardly qualifies him as an evangelical.

Greta van Susteren is more liberal, although I think she has moved to the center over time. She gave Sarah Palin a fair shake, interviewing her in the Palin home a couple of times, and on the campaign trail as well.

In all cases, Fox trounces its competitors in the ratings. Whenever you look at cable news channel ratings, the first 4 or 5 will be Fox News. Apparently, there is a hunger out there for some kind of alternative to the steady Obama worship on the other networks.

So here’s to Fox News. May its voice never change, and may it never be stilled by the strong arm of the federal government.