March 30, 2014

If anyone would like a prime example of just what's wrong with cable "news" in this era of media consolidation, you're looking at it right here. From this Sunday's Media Buzz, Howie Kurtz and right wing hate talker Laura Ingraham have a "fair and balanced" discussion about the rhetoric on cable talk shows -- and Ingraham cites her buddy Bill O'Reilly as an example of a "host who has an “innate sense of fairness” who aims to educate the public."

Yeah, educate them on how to act like a loudmouthed, racist bullying, buffoon. Here's more from Fox's blog: Laura Ingraham on What's Wrong With Cable News:

Fox News contributor and syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham joined Howard Kurtz on Media Buzz to discuss the current climate of cable news and whether the political rhetoric on cable talk shows is getting worse.

Ingraham said she doesn’t want to hear scripted debates and likes to hear from guests who surprise her. “There are real disagreements in the conservative movement on immigration, on foreign policy, on how we should cut or not cut the military or foreign aid,” she said. “These are important issues and it makes [the conversation] vibrant and much more exciting.”

She cited Bill O’Reilly as a good example of a talk show host who has an “innate sense of fairness” who aims to educate the public and hold people accountable. “People want to believe and want to think that there’s someone out there really swinging for them, someone who really wants to help them, Ingraham​ said. “I think we need more people on television who look like they’re fighting for the average guy out there versus the GOP or the Democrats or for Hillary or for Jeb. I think that’s old, I think people are tired of that.”

Yes, everything will just be wonderful in TV-land if we just had more Bill O'Reillys out there.

They obviously don't think their viewers or listeners are tired of being lied to day in and day out, because neither one of them has apologized for what they've done or taken themselves off of the air. Ingraham and Kurtz had better take a good long look in the mirror if they want to know what's wrong with the media and our political discourse in the United States, because the two of them along with their buddy Bill-O are part of the disease that's ailing us.

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