“For the first time, Stephen Colbert will interview former President Bill Clinton and host the closing session of the sixth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University. It will mark President Clinton’s first appearance on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series,” says the somewhat star-struck network, upon announcing an event that won’t even happen until April 6.
“I am thrilled and honored to be interviewing President Clinton, and I assume he is aware this is happening,” Mr. Colbert notes.
“Liberals take it as an article of faith that Fox News is not merely biased but a travesty that serious people should ignore. But the notion that there is something unholy about what is broadcast on Fox or that its mix of news and opinion is uniquely biased has never stood up to scrutiny,” points out Commentary columnist Jonathan S. Tobin, recalling a recent Pew Research study that found MSNBC content to be 85 percent opinion, 15 percent actual news.
“For decades, mainstream news icons like Walter Cronkite maintained the pretense of objectivity while tilting his enormously influential broadcasts to the left. But while belief in his impartiality and that of almost all of his colleagues on CBS and the other big two of that time was based on myth rather than truth, it was more believable than the willingness of his successors as well as many of those seen on MSNBC and CNN — including those that report as well as those who merely opine — to continue to pretend that they aren’t ideologues,” Mr. Tobin says.
“Fox’s success is rooted in its honesty about its point of view as well as the fact that the uniform liberalism of the other networks has left the field wide open for a conservative alternative. What Roger Ailes and his backer Rupert Murdoch did was to find an underserved niche of the news market. Only in this case that niche is made up of approximately half of the American people. No wonder liberals resent it so bitterly,” he adds.
POLL DU JOUR
• 65 percent of Americans say the U.S. should use drone airstrikes against suspected terrorists in other countries; 79 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats agree.
• 41 percent overall say the U.S. should use drone strikes against American citizens in other countries who are suspected terrorists; 50 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats agree.
• 25 percent overall say the U.S. should use drones against suspected terrorists in the U.S.; 31 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats agree.
• 13 percent overall say the U.S. should use drones against American citizens in the U.S. who are suspected terrorists; 21 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A Gallup poll of 1,020 U.S. adults conducted March 20 to 21.
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