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Letter by L.H. Smith, University Place on Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | 4 Comments »
September 11, 2012 12:50 pm

I am a Libertarian and like to hear other Libertarians on the news analysis shows I watch. The only channels that have any Libertarian speakers at all are Fox News and Fox Business Channel.

Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel are two great Libertarian celebrities who often have on-air discussions with guests from Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute. Both are great Libertarian organizations.

Some people think Fox misinforms or underinforms its viewers. Those people criticize Fox for having a conservative (and somewhat Libertarian) bias. What these people don’t realize is that all media have bias in one way or another.

Most of the media are clearly biased towards Democrats, progressives and liberals. There really aren’t so many TV channels with a conservative bias (save Fox) and even fewer with any Libertarian opinion. No one can deny that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Current TV, RT-TV and others are biased towards the left. To pretend that they aren’t left-leaning is simply ignoring reality.

So, to suggest that Fox viewers are misinformed or underinformed indicates that the persons making those suggestions are misinformed and underinformed themselves. Andrea Mitchell at MSNBC is really no more unbiased than Sean Hannity at Fox.

Viewers must watch a wide variety of news sources to be informed. Fox News and Fox Business Channel are just two of the many channels viewers should watch to get the whole truth.

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