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NewsBusters Podcast: Dana Bash & John King Lament Iowa’s Right-Wingers

by | Aug 14, 2023

By Tim Graham

ln the latest episode of the podcast, we talk about how CNN’s John King talked to Republicans in Iowa and lamented they would break CNN’s “fact check machine.” Dana Bash added they held crazy conspiracy theories from conservative media outlets that don’t tell “the whole truth.”

These people imagine they tell “the whole truth” and not conspiracy theories. CNN, like many others, promoted the theory that Donald Trump colluded with Putin to get elected and that the Hunter Biden laptop was a Russian disinformation plot. 

King made a point that the Republicans he met in Iowa do not watch CNN, and do not trust CNN. Somehow, they fail to understand that Republicans have figured out that CNN is a network trying to offer Democrat spin to a Democrat audience.

They are not the only ones who have convinced themselves that the liberal media are the only credible, professional ones. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans started tweeting Thursday night about Fox News. 

Part of the Fox News formula is pretending they are “fair and balanced” by allowing liberals to speak. But only in situations where they are tremendously outweighed/outnumbered by conservatives. This reaches back to the origins of the channel and the show Hannity and Colmes. 

Conservatives pounced on this criticism. After all, NPR doesn’t have a show where conservatives get to be part of a chat panel. People challenged Deggans to give an example where conservatives were given a space to argue on NPR. This caused Deggans to lose it with this message: “If you think NPR doesn’t let conservative voices speak, then you are not listening to NPR.”

Those of us who listen routinely to NPR found this to be preposterous.

Instead, NPR reporters construct anti-Fox hate pieces, especially NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, who’s filed 44 anti-Fox segments so far in 2023. In his latest attack, Folkenflik promoted a leftist crusade to get the FCC to deny a license renewal to the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. As Folkenflik admitted, the FCC doesn’t regulate cable, and the local Fox station isn’t a Fox News outlet. But someone wants to make a leftist point, and NPR hates Fox.

If you don’t know NPR hates Fox, then you are not listening to NPR. Enjoy the podcast below or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias