Fox News analysts Bernard Goldberg & Jane Hall
"You may remember New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley, a committed liberal, attacking Geraldo Rivera during the Hurricane Katrina coverage. Ms. Stanley accused Geraldo of pushing aside a rescue worker in order to put himself in front of the camera. That was not true and videotape proved it, but Stanley refused to correct the record. Stanley uses her column to push her secular-progressive agenda, and Thursday she proved that once again. In a blatant attempt to prop up the fading NBC Nightly News, Stanley attacked ABC anchor Charles Gibson, calling him lazy and saying he got his anchor job by default. Stanley is denigrating Gibson because he is beating Williams and the New York Times and NBC News are ideological soul mates - sympathetic to the far left and hostile to people with whom they disagree. The alliance between the Times and NBC becomes even more troubling with the announcement that CBS News has hired a committed liberal to run the Katie Couric newscast. Producer Richard Kaplan is a close friend of the Clintons and has a long history of left wing activism. If CBS allows Kaplan to imitate NBC News, the nation will have two networks actively rooting for the Democrats to win the White House in 2008. America needs tough, honest reporting, not slanted and unfair presentations. There are some very disturbing things going on in American journalism these days. My thanks to Alessandra Stanley for making that quite obvious."News Link: Allesandra Stanley props up NBC NewsNews Link: CBS News hires Rick Kaplan
Fox News analysts Bernard Goldberg and Jane Hall offered their opinions on the media controversies. "I thought Alessandra Stanley's piece was absurd," Hall said, "She wanted to praise Brian Williams for going to Iraq, but felt she could made snide remarks about Charles Gibson." As for CBS hiring Richard Kaplan, Hall predicted "he will try to be fair." But Goldberg questioned CBS' judgment and impartiality. "Kaplan is a well-known liberal Democrat who slept in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House while the Clintons were there, and who said Dan Rather was the gold standard of journalism even after the memo-gate scandal. The perception of hiring a guy who was so tied to the Clintons and such a well-known liberal Democrat doesn't register on their radar screens. They're clueless."
Returning for a second segment, Hall and Goldberg moved to Ann Coulter, who infamously referred to John Edwards as a "faggot." "Coulter is just getting tiresome," Goldberg pronounced. "She isn't doing conservatives any good - it gives liberals a baseball bat to hit us over the head with and say, 'see how nasty they are.' I defended her for too long and I'm tired of it." Hall agreed that Coulter has crossed a line. "She's addicted to the attention and she tries to be a flame thrower. She thinks it's funny, but what she said is like the 'n' word to the gay community." Turning to the Scooter Libby trial, Hall suggested that no one emerged unscathed. "It pulls back the curtain on the incredibly cozy relationship between the White House press corps and this administration. And it may endanger whistle blowers in the future. The whole thing has been terrible for the media, not good for the public, and certainly not good for Scooter Libby."