Planners of the conference want to force representatives of the cable news network to wear credentials identifying them as opinion media rather than providing them with the regular press passes other news outlets will receive.As I read the NYT item, I was chuckling to myself and wondering if the Nutroots would require the same of MSNBC just as I got to this part:
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The Netroots, however, may not get their way.
A spokeswoman for Fox News called the policy a “predictable stunt and a moot point” since the network would not be sending anyone to cover the four-day conference that kicked off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
The idea to label Fox journalists as opinion media is, in fact, not a new one. It’s been tossed around on blogs, and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann also mentioned the idea on his show last summer.Stunning.
Setting aside for a moment the opinion shows on FNC, such as Hannity & Colmes, O'Reilly Factor, etc., if one actually watches the news reporting on FNC, there's nothing ideologically remarkable about it. It is - for lack of a better phrase - fair and balanced. OK, so maybe they don't do the Democrats any favors by repeatedly having the buffoonish Bob Beckel representing their side so often, but nobody's perfect.
I've written before about the ideological totalitarianism of the left, and this is just further evidence of it.
Update: More ideological totalitarianism at Nutroots Nation. Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford was booed for offering up some kind words for his former colleagues at Fox News, where he was a regular contributor.
"I used to work for Fox News. I no longer am there," he said after an audience member, during the Q&A session, accused him of smearing Democrats and echoing right-wing talking points. "I have great, great respect and admiration for my former colleagues there..."Hat tip to Hot Air headlines.
Some in the crowd were incredulous, hissing Ford, asking (err... screaming) "why and who," and offering a scattering of boos.