Fox News Contributor Whines ‘It’s Just Not Fair’ to Hold Network Accountable for Conspiracy Theories (Video)

Lauren-AshburnOn 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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  • Jerry Graybosch

    I think we’re getting into arcane details of “journalism” here, much too complex and nuanced for Foxer’s to grasp.

  • Steve Temke

    Not only does FOXNews report, support and prompt these crazy conspiracy theories, which coincidentally ALWAYS aim to make the Obama administration look bad, I believe they ENCOURAGE that attitude. To FOX, “fair and balanced” is a worthless advertising slogan much like “new and improved” is on thousands of products on our grocery store shelves.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      don’t forget the TV ads which say ( as nauseum) ” clinically proven” and ” state of the art” & ” doctor recommended”
      my fave? ” we need JEEEESUS back in our government”

    • Stephen Barlow

      Doesn’t it hire WRITERS to CREATE them for Fox’s paid and contracted REPRESENTATIVES?

  • DavidD

    They ride for the brand and so Fox is responsible for them.Don’t these commentators push personal responsibility on the poor all the time even when the economy tanks?
    Sociopaths always blame someone else when they get caught out and demand pity .This is true for organizations as well as people
    .If you hire outlaws then be prepared to take the consequences for their actions.Ride with outlaws,die with outlaws.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      the money is so terrific of right wing outlets that if FOX “news” offered me 750K per year I would immediately start wearing the T shirt which says :
      ” its OBAMA; hes a MUSLIM,,,were all gonna die”

      • cattnipp

        so….. you are willing to sell out the whole of the USA……. once they meet your price???? how nice.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        ahhhh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but can U imagine th destruction I can cause anonymously with all those cretins?
        ( mmuuuuuaaaahahahahaa!!) < that's my "dr evil" voice
        and yes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,for sean Hannity -esque money I would sell the last thylacine!!

    • Stephen Barlow

      LOL @ pushing responsibilities!! That is the CRUX and thrust of the RED Sovietization Party.

    • Stephen Barlow

      If you lay down with transgendered, semi post op ornamentally feminine hetrosexuals… no one believe Guiliani just likes the feel of silk on his legs and ass!!! We all KNOW his ‘wife’ is really a man!!!

      No judgement of My LGBT friends, this isn’t even a comment about Rudy’s twists and what makes the old queen shout…

      But fleas and dogs and laying down to rut with them just isn’t snark raving REAL ENOUGH to describe what the Right has proven them selves to be.

      • Cat Marcuri

        Sorry, man, but your comments ARE derogatory towards the LBGT community. You are using his rumored sexuality as a means of putting him down. Yeah,that’s discrimination, and I cannot back you on that.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NO it’s not. Discrimination is when I treat a class of people different because of their being in a class. making a parody of a cliche` “if you lie down with dogs you get fleas” from the Biggest Republican fear AND their cross dressing poster child is NOT discrimination against GAY people.

        Sorry you are the opposite of homophobic, which is HETEROPARANOID, or the taking of every normal person’s (those people who fall inside the bell curve and are not the 12% outliers that define statistically STRANGE) comment’s as a deeply intentional personal assault on your personal choice of human anomaly.

        It’s not about the ‘gay thing’, it’s about Rudi and the RED’s hypocrisy in BANNING gay marriage while wearing a SKIRT and MAKEUP!!

        “this isn’t even a comment about Rudy’s twists and what makes the old queen shout…” kinda of directly makes a joke about how Rudi dance’s.

  • Nan

    The guy speaking at the end made the best point. If you constantly rant conspiracy theories, then any factual news you might report will be dismissed. Fox assumes each and every thing President Obama does is somehow suspicious and should be deeply analyzed and scrutinized. Intelligent people begin to tune out this constant foaming at the mouth over President Obama’s every move. No sane person takes these conspiracy nuts seriously!

  • John_St_John

    Please elucidate and tell us why it is not fair to hold the liars accountable for their lies and half truths Ms. Ashburn?

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      fair????? to whom? they all ” think” that all is FAIR in (love and) war so what they do is fair. I believe that that is true. OUR job as americans is to review all that is available to be reviewed and to then make assessments upon what actually IS true
      examples: Obama is born in Kenya Obama is a muslim Obama is a radical Christian Obama is coming for your guns
      JESUS is GOD …….. Glenn Beck and rush Limbaugh tell the truth Cliven Bundy is a PATRIOT

  • FD Brian

    Fox News is in business to make money and to do that they come up with these hair brained crazy ideas of why something happened and it incites their viewers to keep watching and increased viewership leads to more advertising revenue. And lets be hones, some of these views aren’t too smart and hate the government so much they WANT to believe these conspiracies.

  • Peter Laine

    Fox went to court in Florida to defend it’s right to lie, the judgement says they have no obligation to tell the truth

    • Stephen Barlow

      It ALSO says A) they are NOT news journalists because
      B) they manufacture and sell ‘ENTERTAINMENT’.

      SO WHY IS THE FCC not forcing them to changes their name to FOX Entertainment and not News? They are Bush appointees.

  • David Duet

    Well, they could be forgiven for a reporter going rogue and making these comments, if they immediately fired the reporter, and retracted the comments. Since they did NOT, however, they SHOULD be held responsible for them.

    • Stephen Barlow

      The facts that they NEVER apologize nor Retract…

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        they did look “brilliant” with the patriot cliven bundy episode

      • Stephen Barlow

        Price 2 dead cops… not a WORD of apology for cheerleading the criminals.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        fox “news: apologize????

  • Karen

    Fox’s core viewership is “aging out of the system”

    • Stephen Barlow

      That is a blessing. Wonder if we could genetically engineer a Rapid onset Alzheimer’s WITH premature aging component? Juts slip it in their Kool-Aids and… presto…

    • shopper

      Everyone I know that watches Fox News is much younger then me so I’ll be long gone before it is if you’re right. Don’t know why the younger generation is so gullible. Maybe part of it is all the changes in public education for the worse.

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    remember: all is fair in love and war—- and all of us KNOW that politics is WAR: BOTH SIDES need whatever armament they have to WIN any and all elections. FOX “news’ will do anything it can to promote the slowing down of Hillarys ‘run’ for president. PERIOD!!! knowing this; we who watch and read many many outlets ( cnn/ fox/ msnbc/ abc/pbs/ newspapers ETC) can formulate truisms based upon looking at all the evidence — which apparently FOX “news” watchers find anathemal

  • Stephen Barlow

    Nothing plausible, nothing deniable. It’s Fox news!! The best way to deal with them is SUE them for each sentence. MAKE THEM PAY THROUGH THE NOSE for the words and lies they use.

    Don’t have to win, just have to make enough cases on the National array of Dockets to embolden the FCC to suspend their license to broadcast until they are all cleared up. Have different groups attack them from every angle, in every jurisdiction and for every conceivable reason using as many different small attorneys as they can.

    650 days from March 2015 – December 2016. One lawsuit after another in all venues possible… SHUTDOWN the Murdock-Ailes management.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Well established SOP in businesses is to make everyone a subcontractor. Then, when the “employees” do something outrageously wrong, the company deflects criticism from itself by pointing out the offender is a subcontractor. AKA another way of building plausible deniability.

    Example: Walmart gets caught with the cleanup crew locked inside the store and forced to work schedules inconsistent with US Labor Law. Walmart points out the clean-up crew is subcontracted.

    Faux Anchorperson caught saying outrageous lie. Faux did nothing wrong as the anchor is a subcontractor.

  • cattnipp

    Fox News went to court to prove they have a RIGHT to fire a ‘reporter’ who refuses to claim they got information during investigative reporting that was never obtained—– they are allowed to fire anyone who will not lie on command—- yet Fox News should not be in any way responsible for the lies they tell————- next will they be able to force you to murder someone then claim they are not at fault??????

  • John L

    Does this mean MSNBC was not responsible for Martin Bashir’s comments and should not have fired him for them?

  • Rick Snow

    No, see, you’re all getting it wrong. FOX shouldn’t be held accountable, only those stations with a “liberal bias” and “liberal agenda” should be. /sarcasm

  • zeibodique

    So let me get this right. Based on what Lauren said, I could be hired by any news media outlet, and on live television, say that someone from Fox News who happens to be female and initials are L.A. is a mental case who doesn’t deserve to breath the same air as anyone else, that she got her degree from Cesspool U and is a transgender otter, and you seriously think she would not only go after me, but the media outlet i’m employed by? In a friggin’ heart beat she would.

  • Steve Hughes

    But Megyn Kelly said that Jesus H Christ AND Santa Claus are both Blue eyed, Blond Headed Caw-kashun Men AND staunch CONservatives too……..

  • MLR

    Not only do I think the network should be held responsible, but I think the host should be held responsible as well if he/ she knows her guest is pushing conspiracies not based on facts or even outright lying. Why does the media constantly give liars and people with no credibility a platform to speak on? It’s one thing to be objective and hear both sides of the argument, but it’s quite another to book a guest who offers zero value to serious debates and discussions, or who has absolutely no new or fresh ideas, or no solutions to real problems. That pretty much sums up the majority of the republican party.

  • Jim Bean

    Should the other networks be held accountable for their failure to pursue the issues that cast doubt upon the politicians they supported and campaigned for? Isn’t that a form of deception of equal gravity?

  • James Shannon

    18 percent of what these people say is true? Which would me 82 percent of the time they are lying… #fauxnews