Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

rantings of an angry old man

As reported by Matt Drudge, "Ted Turner called FOX an arm of the Bush administration and compared FOXNEWS's popularity to Hitler's popular election to run Germany before WWII."

Sounds like sour grapes from a guy whose network started out with a very strong position and has been losing audience share rapidly. From the perspective of a typical mainstream media liberal, the Fox news position, near the center of political views, looks quite a bit to the right but for Turner to call Fox "an arm" of the Bush administration is ridiculous and making silly comparisons to Hitler makes Turner look at moonbatty as Michael Moore.

But before Turner starts saying any news organization is "an arm" of any political group, he might want to recall some history involving his own CNN. For years, CNN had a nice monopoly on western coverage in Iraq courtesy of Saddam Hussein. When Hussein was thrown out of office, it was revealed that CNN had suppressed any reporting of torture or other similar repressive activities of the Saddam regime. Was CNN an arm of the Hussein regime? Who knows for sure but it was certainly more so than FOX is "an arm" of the Bush administration.

"A FOXNEWS spokesperson responded, 'Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind -- we wish him well'..." -- 'nuff said


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