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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Fox News journalist to Karl Rove: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?"

Sorry I missed this from the election night coverage, but fortunately Jon Stewart didn't. It shows a journalist on the Fox News Channel trying to do objective, sober analysis in the face of some incredible spin from Karl Rove, who for some reason is deemed an independent political analyst even though he was in charge of the most-influential Romney Super PAC.

If you don't like Stewart or his politics and don't want to see the full 5-minute clip, that little back-and-forth comes about 1 minute and 40 seconds into it:

Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly asked Rove this as he was desperately trying to deny the obvious: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?" 

The exchange is important on a couple of levels. One, it makes no sense for someone such as Rove to be relied upon as an objective analysis in a contest in which he has so much at stake. Yes, that also goes for such folks on CNN or MSNBC or any other network. It's one thing to have them as guests to spin for their side; it's quite another to put them in a role of objective authority.

And two, it shows something important about Fox News and MSNBC, and to a lesser extent CNN. There are legit, hard-working, objective, professional journalists working for each of those networks who are committed to following the facts, no matter where they lead. But often times they are overshadowed by the pundits and pseudo objective analysts who have more household names and earn the bigger bucks because their personalities attract the largest audiences.

That's part of the reason so many people are comfortable believing things that are so clearly untrue to those who are following the issues with a more objective perspective - no matter their politics - because such personalities make the untrue seem and feel true.

That Kelly - who I've seen ask tough questions of people from both sides of the aisle on a variety of topics - so thoroughly destroyed Rove live on national TV is a good thing.

Hopefully it is the beginning of a trend. I guy can dream, can't he?


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