Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A Tale Of Two Fox & Friends Interviews

by Justin Berrier/Media Matters

Among the many things Fox & Friends does that betrays their "fair and balanced" mantra is how the hosts interview guests of different ideological backgrounds. Their habit of lobbing softball questions to GOP candidates and officials even got so bad that Fox's own Las Vegas affiliate slammed the show for their kid-glove treatment of then-Senate candidate Sharron Angle.
On this morning's broadcast, the co-hosts invited both Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to comment on last night's Republican caucus in Iowa and the presidential election in general.
First up was Wasserman Schultz. Co-host Gretchen Carlson led the interview by claiming she was "looking forward" to one of their "spirited discussions." In the discussion that followed, Carlson asked Wasserman Schultz if Gov. Mitt Romney "is the worst nightmare for Democrats," and, "How can it not be bad news for you that Mitt Romney wins Iowa." Carlson touted the "record turnout" in last night's caucuses and declared that "there doesn't seem to be a tremendous amount of enthusiasm" for President Obama. Carlson also made dubious claims about Romney's history of creating jobs as CEO of Bain Capital. Watch:
About 20 minutes later, co-host Steve Doocy interviewed Preibus. The interviews could not have been more different. While Wasserman Schultz was peppered with GOP talking points and promotion of Romney, Preibus wasn't challenged on a single claim he made. In fact, Doocy helpfully made Preibus' points before him, and then merely asked him to elaborate. The interview was so friendly, in fact, that Fox & Friends had a graphic ready listing what the RNC claims are Obama's "failed promises":
RNC List Of Failed Promises
Doocy ended the interview by promising another interview on "another day" to discuss a different list that the RNC has compiled to attack Obama -- "a catalog of things the president has said in the last three years and also in the run-up to the election" that "is going to come back to haunt him." Watch:

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