As my colleague Eric Boehlert pointed out earlier today, Fox News received some rather unexpected criticism from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) for their biased reporting and health care misinformation. Now, the standard operating procedure for Fox News is to lash out at pretty much anyone who dares to criticize them, be it politician or cable news competitor, with a snarky response from an often-unnamed spokesperson.
But it's been a long while now since Coburn called out Fox for their biased and erroneous reporting, and we can't find any indication that they've upbraided the Oklahoma Republican for his intemperate remarks. Time's Michael Scherer thinks we probably won't hear a peep, but I'm forever the optimist...
While we wait and wonder what's taking so long for Fox News to attack a Republican senator, let's do a quick review of all those people and groups who have found themselves on the bad side of Fox News' notoriously thin-skinned press department after questioning the network's commitment to "fair and balanced" journalism.
Rapper LL Cool J: "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."
CNN president Jon Klein: "We don't respond to presidents of fifth-place news networks. The last time we looked, Jon was losing to the Weather Channel, so call us back when he and CNN regain relevancy."
The Obama White House: "Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality. Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about."
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer: "Obviously new to his position, Dan seems to be intent upon repeating the mistakes of his predecessor... and we all remember how well that turned out."
Former New York Times editor Howell Raines: "We find it ironic that Howell is dispensing advice to other journalists after he nearly single-handedly destroyed the journalistic credibility of the New York Times."
National Public Radio: "We were actually doing NPR a favor by even plugging them but we have no problem dropping the mention on the chyron along with their exposure to millions of O'Reilly Factor viewers."
NBA great Charles Barkley: "It's hardly a surprise that Charles is a shill for a Turner owned network.... He obviously needs the steady paycheck to pay off his consistent gambling debts."
Comedy Central's Jon Stewart: "Being out of touch with mainstream America is nothing new to Jon, as evidenced by the crash-and-burn ratings of this year's Oscars telecast."
CNN's Rick Sanchez: "Everyone knows that Rick is an industry joke, he shows that he's a hack everyday [sic]. And he doesn't have to worry about working at FOX because we only hire talent who have [sic] the ability to generate ratings."
CNN's Christiane Amanpour: "Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda."
2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama: "Senator Obama's comments about Fox News are misdirected. If he is uncomfortable with tough questions, it may be because he has faced so few from the news media."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: "Because of his personal demons, Keith has imploded everywhere he's worked. From lashing out at co-workers to personally attacking Bill O'Reilly and all things Fox, it's obvious Keith is a train wreck waiting to happen. And like all train wrecks, people might tune in out of morbid curiosity, but they eventually tune out, as evidenced by Keith's recent ratings decline."
Media mogul Ted Turner: "Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind."
NBC's Tim Russert: "Tim's sour grapes are obvious here, but at least he's not using his father as a prop to sell books this time around."
Actor George Clooney: "We are disappointed that George has chosen to hurt Mr. O'Reilly's family in order to promote his movie. But it's obvious he needs publicity considering his recent string of failures."
MSNBC's David Shuster: "We can understand David disappointment in being let go by Fox News Channel, but he's too young to be so bitter. We wish him well in getting his career back on track."