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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm | Politics

Cable news is perfectly structured for Republican-style political messaging so I’ve never been surprised that FOX News is as popular as they are (though anytime we’re talking about ratings we need to keep in mind that crap like Jersey Shore gets triple the ratings as any episode of The Factor). What I do find striking is how blatantly contradictory the script can get in such a short period of time.

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Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, etc all come from sports broadcasting where an ability to babble color commentary non-stop is highly valued. Here’s the difference though; if you were as consistently wrong about sports teams as Glenn Beck is about politics you’d be out on your ass in no time. A perfect example would be Limbaugh’s inability to hack it as an NFL host. While he naturally tried to depict his failure as the result of rampant political correctness (a classic knee-jerk reaction of the bigot), what was obvious to anyone familiar with his assessment of Donovan McNabb was that it was factually inaccurate to begin with. How long would Marv Albert have lasted if he said that referees in the NBA don’t call three second lane violations as often as they should because they feel sorry for black forwards? Political commentary, on the other hand, is completely accountability free.

-mg

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