On Fox News’ Media Buzz, Lauren Ashburn said that Fox News should be shielded from any criticism for comments, conspiracies, or lies pushed by Fox News hosts, paid contributors or personalities.
In other words, the individuals Fox News hires to represent the network – don’t actually represent the network.
If you’re struggling to understand how that makes any sense, you should be, because it doesn’t.
What Ashburn is essentially advocating for is that as a network, Fox News should be allowed to represent itself as “fair and balanced,” truthful and a “trusted” source for news – but shouldn’t be held responsible for the comments made by the individuals it hires to report, or discuss, the news.
Because that’s just “not fair.”
While speaking about the conspiracy theories pushed by several Fox News hosts concerning the capture of the mastermind behind the 2012 attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Ashburn said, “The more outlandish the comments, the more the websites are going to say ‘oh my gosh, Fox News said this, and they made this point,’ and it’s funny because Fox News didn’t say that, those individual contributors said that. It’s just not fair to do that.”
Again, that’s a paid Fox News employee advocating that the network shouldn’t be held responsible for the comments made by those it hires to represent them on-air or online.
Which is really convenient for someone on Fox News to say considering those conspiracy theories concerning the timing of the capture originated and were heavily pushed on Fox News.
I’m trying to see how anyone could logically make that argument, but there’s just no logical basis at all for it.
When a network pays someone to represent them, especially when it’s a network that’s supposed to be reporting the news, those individuals are absolutely representatives of that network.
You can’t have a “news” network like Fox News hire a bunch of crazy, right-wing radical conspiracy theorists then claim that whatever propaganda they’re allowed to push on-air or online doesn’t represent the network.
Take for example my situation. As a writer, my editor allows me freedom to express my views on any number of topics I want. And, trust me, we don’t always agree on everything. But what I write does represent Forward Progressives. It might be my opinion, but the moment the website publishes it, that instantly makes it a representation of our website. That goes for any website or news organization.
That doesn’t mean every comment or random on-air rant represents a network (especially if that person is let go or harshly punished because of the comment). But if certain comments are made, pushed and continually allowed by Fox News (without reprimand toward those who said them or public rebuke of the comments by the network), they then become a representation of the views of that network.
This is a reality Ms. Ashburn seems unable to grasp. Then again, this is the same woman who found the need to attack President Obama for being a good father just a few months back, so her stupidity shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Watch her comments below via Fox News:
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