It’s just over a year since the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Latterly it has not been an easy ride for Obama, with his approval ratings sagging and a routinely unpleasant campaign against him from parts of the media.
In the USA, there is no restraint on broadcasters in the manner of the UK – there is no obligation to be impartial. Thus there are broadcasters who are not, and standing head and shoulders above all others in this regard is Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
I’ve previously mentioned Fox News and their consistently hostile coverage of the Obama administration, but suspect that many in the UK haven’t grasped just what a malign beast this is. Fortunately, Media Matters have put together a short video compilation, showing Fox News in full attack mode.
I commend it to anyone who doubts the wisdom of the UK’s impartiality rule, and challenge those on the right who either cheer for Fox News – or, equally as bad, remain silent on its behaviour – to speak up in support.
It could be a very long silence.