We've been saying it for years: Fox News is not a news organization, it is a political outlet. It seems that the President agrees. In the latest Rolling Stone, President Obama is quoted as saying Fox News is “part of the tradition” of media outlets who, like William Randolph Hearst, report with “a very clear, undeniable point of view.” He added, “It's a point of view that I disagree with. It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.”
At this point, it is even hard for Fox to deny that it has an agenda. After all, this is the same news outlet that relentlessly propped up the tea party movement, allows its contributors to fundraise for conservative causes on air, serves as a launching pad for countless GOP candidates' general election campaigns, spent hours fawning over the GOP's widely panned Pledge to America, and routinely allows Republican politicians to fundraise on air. Not to mention the fact that its parent organization, News Corp, donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, while giving exactly zero to its Democratic counterpart.
Five potential Republican presidential candidates are employed by the network, in turn providing them with at least 269 appearances to promote themselves and their positions. Fox's embrace of the Republican Party is so transparent, that even the candidates they tactically endorse don't feel the need to keep secret just how much they benefit from their relationship with Fox. Recall that just days ago, Sharon Angle, Nevada's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, bragged about how much money she's able to raise through her Fox News appearances.
So I have one message for Fox News. Do us a favor and spare us all your inevitable whining about how “fair and balanced” you are in response to Obama's comments. That gig is up.