Journalism

A Wolf in the FOX house

by Josh Nelson

I can’t say I’m surprised:

Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early days of the election season: the Fox News Channel.

Foreshadowed by Terry McAuliffe’s outburst a few months ago, the move comes as a slap in the face to progressives, media critics and bloggers, who have maintained for years that Fox is in fact anything but Fair and Balanced.

Wolfson spoke with the NYT over the phone on Monday:

“I thought that Fox’s coverage during the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded,” Mr. Wolfson said Monday in a telephone interview from Liverpool, England, where he was vacationing. “It’s a huge audience, and it is important to have a strong, progressive voice on the network.”

It makes me absolutely sick to see another ‘Democrat’ legitimizing, and even going as far as praising, Fox News channel as anything more than the low-class propaganda dump that it is.

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How is this for fair coverage during the primary?

It seems to me that Howard Wolfson has more allegiance to the name Clinton than he does to the Democratic party or the values it ostensibly adheres to.

I’ll place money right now on the fact that Fox will use Howard Wolfson as a concern troll, allowing him to point out Obama’s weaknesses and McCain’s strengths, to create the illusion of fair and balanced coverage. John Moody, an Executive VP at Fox hinted at this when he commented on the hire to Reuters yesterday.

“We really think we’ve got the chess board covered,” Moody said.

The Democrats are going to have to do some serious housecleaning before long. There are a lot of us who don’t see the political value of sharing associations with folks like Howard Wolfson and Terry McCauliffe.

Update: Nick Juliano has more:

Much of the Clinton campaign came to favor Fox toward the end of the campaign in the face of what they saw as a pro-Obama bent from the rest of the networks. (For example, unlike, say, CNN or MSNBC, Fox gleefully spread the rumor that Obama was educated in a Madrassa, referred to his fist bump as a “terrorist fist jab,” implied his wife was an unwed mother and hosted a guest who joked about killing Obama.)

9 replies »

  1. Has no former Clintonite-type person been hired at the National Enquirer? I for one am deeply concerned.

  2. C’mon folks, he’s not gonna get by on the Clinton’s leftovers, and He’s certainly not gonna get a lot of play by the Obama campaign.. He’s gotta find work in uncertain times, and being a resident liberal in a camp of conservative news makers isn’t the worst he could have done. What’s a poor liberal arts major to do?

  3. Everyone has a price–some lower the bar more than others but, enough money, face time on TV, and all our current crop of politcos can be bought.

  4. The primary is over. Get over it. Nothing that the Clinton campaign did can hold a candle to what the McCain is doing and will do over the next four months.

    Wolfson hasn’t even made an appearance yet, and already everybody’s sure that he is there to undermine Obama?

    The fact of the matter is that there is finally a legitimate and aggressive Democratic voice on Fox News. Until proven otherwise, take that at face value.

  5. Working for Faux is a perfect match for the old DLC’ers. They are Rethuglican lites who have lost their standings in the Democratic party. They belong on GOP news.

  6. Wolfson said (fox news was fair during the dem. rrimary)? I guess he for got about the weeks of Barack’s pastor, wright on the fox news 24-7. I thought the Reveran had his own show. Woldson is A repub. pretending to be A dem.