Pox "News" -- Finally Someone Gets It

November 19, Jeff Bercovici, the Daily Finance:
Every news organization makes mistakes. But when Fox News makes mistakes, they seem to tilt in a suspiciously consistent direction, favoring Republicans and conservatives over Democrats and liberals.
No doubt.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what Fox engages in.

Even so, this pattern of ideologically-slanted errors illustrates the danger of packaging a news operation around a core of opinion programming. As long as Fox News is a network by and for conservatives, the people who produce its shows -- even its "objective" shows -- are going to see in the news what they expect to see rather than what it really is.
What happens is that Fox tends to present those things which those with a certain predisposed idea, or "belief" would want presented as news, and it tends to present them in the way that those with a certain predisposed idea or "belief" would want them presented. By reaffirming what one wants to think, that same audience actually views Fox as "fair and balanced" because it helps present to them their own world view, or the one that they think that they want to have. By posing as a "News" station, rather than as outright advocacy, Fox is far more effective in this regard than if it were openly an advocacy channel, because its viewers are led to believe that it is really a news organization giving them "all sides" and relevant facts, and letting viewers come to their own conclusions, when it is constantly manipulating them by presenting advocacy couched as "news."

As if this were not enough, many of Fox's major stalwarts almost constantly engage in misleading and erroneous information, to further this same end.