I think Bob Tyrell sums up the whole News of the World phone hacking scandal in Britain and the reaction to it in left-wing quarters in the United States quite nicely:
Whatever was done in breach of the law in London will of course be investigated and prosecuted there. But there is no evidence that anything was done here. Those who call for an investigation of News Corp. here are on the wrong side of the freedom issue. What is the New York Times doing day after day filling its front pages with infantile hysteria? This is the same newspaper that published secret American intelligence documents hacked by the suppliers of Wikileaks on its front pages. Presumably innocent people were victims of terrorists because of it, possibly American soldiers. What hypocrisy by the Times to put a hacking story on its front page day after day and to complain about the Murdoch press’s hacking story.
With the Obama presidency teetering, the Left needs something on which to latch. So now that there’s been wrongdoing done by a Murdoch run newspaper, the Left smells blood in the water and now wants the Fox News Channel to be investigated. The Left is hunting Fox News. As much as the Left loathes the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Dick Cheney, they probably despise Fox News even more.
While I was in Maine last weekend, we were joined by my roommate’s cousin who served for a time as a liaison to President Obama in the Pine Tree State. Politics were largely left off the table for most of the weekend. However, on Saturday morning, he did make a crack about not relying on Fox News as a reliable source of information. I asked him what programming on Fox he found objectionable. He couldn’t name any and then added, “Well you can’t rely on CNN or MSNBC as sources either.” I didn’t press the matter further. I had made my point. He didn’t watch Fox News and thus did not have an informed opinion on the subject.
It’s amazing to me how Obama’s people hate Fox News. Remember when David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel said that Fox News wasn’t a legitimate news organization? It was amongst the daftest things the Obama Administration (admittedly amongst many, many daft things) has done. When you consider how well Obama came off in his September 2008 interview with Bill O’Reilly, the dynamic duo should have thrown Fox News flowers, not flames. When the Obama Administration takes on Fox News in this manner they are cutting their noses to spite their faces.
At the end of the day, while the allegations against Murdoch in Britain are quite serious one cannot assume without evidence Fox News has been involved in similar misdeeds simply because Murdoch owns it too.
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