Fox News' Response To O'Keefe Arrest: A Handful Of Brief Reports, Utter Silence On Prime-time 'Opinion' Shows

[media id=11669] Don't you just love how, whenever a liberal figure or a non-Fox media outlet (also known as "the liberal media") is caught in any ki

Don't you just love how, whenever a liberal figure or a non-Fox media outlet (also known as "the liberal media") is caught in any kind of screwup or criminal activity, it quickly becomes the No. 1 Topic of Discussion at Fox?

But when right-wingers are caught with their pants down (e.g., see John Cornyn) or in the criminal cookie jar, there's some minor mumbling, a few quick reports, and then silence at Fox.

So we watched Fox yesterday to see how they would handle the news that their beloved Hot Young Investigative Journalist, James O'Keefe, Slayer of ACORN, had been arrested by the FBI for attempting to wiretap the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu.

There was a brief report on Shep Smith's news show (in which the reporter assured us that we would need to get some context first), followed by a similarly brief overview on Special Report with Bret Baier, and then wrapped up a short segment on Greta Van Susteren's show, in which she mentioned that O'Keefe had appeared on Fox "many times."

But on Fox's prime-time opinion shows, its big ratings drivers, the shows that had most avidly promoted O'Keefe and his brand of "investigative journalism" -- Glenn Beck, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity -- there was nothing. Not. A. Single. Word.

Color me surprised.

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