Fox News finally deigned to address their parent company's phone-hacking scandal with an awkward exchange between Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy and guest Robert Dilenschneider.

Doocy took the lamestream media to task for focusing too much on the scandal while neglecting the real issues. (Fox and Friends later featured a segment on Mila Kunis and a live performance from modern rock also-rans Lifehouse. Trenchant!)

So okay, standard-issue Fox News jab at other media outlets: check. But what about a comically overstated, sycophantic explanation of the events that grossly distorts the actual facts? 

Mr. Dilenschneider, the floor is yours:

"We know it's a hacking scandal, shouldn't we get beyond it at this point and really deal with the issue of hacking? I mean, CitiCorp has been hacked into, Bank of America has been hacked into, American Express has been hacked into, insurance companies have been hacked into. We've got a serious hacking problem in this country... CitiGroup, great bank, Bank of America, great bank. Are they getting the same kind of attention for hacking that took place less than a year ago that News Corp is getting today?"

Did you see that? Did you blink and miss it? Dilenschneider connected the attacks on Citigroup with the News Corp scandal while failing to mention that News Corp were the ones that did the hacking, rather than the other way around. Then he blames it on the media!

It has a dark kind of genius to it. And I've found that you can actually derive quite a bit of entertainment pleasure from Fox News by watching it as performance art or high acting, rather than news. The amount of poise it has to take for a rational human being to keep a straight face during this kind of insane blather is unreal. Either Doocy deserves an Oscar, or he's a Terminator. I'm not sure which explanation I prefer.

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Commentarium (14 Comments)

Jul 15 11 - 7:31pm

Well, anyway just to address the point on his terms;
No we shouldn't get beyond it at this point - we'd like to beat it to death, pound it into the ground, and then flail the ground for weeks or months, then burn anything left standing and salt the earth beneath it.
We learned that from you guys, eat shit and die in a fire.
Is that clear?

Jul 15 11 - 9:16pm

lol. Pretty good, gazbo. Now take your lithium.

Jul 16 11 - 12:13am

Sure we can move beyond it. Once the guilty parties are arrested, charged, tried, convicted, and punished, we'll be happy to move beyond it.

Jul 16 11 - 9:45am
Vinegar Bend

If FOX News agrees to stop broadcasting, I'll get beyond it

Jul 16 11 - 11:16am

CBS moved past the forged George Bush documents. MSNBC moved beyond the Olbermann war criminal antics. News Corp will move past this.

In a month, there will be 90% less buzz and in six months it will be entirely past tense.

Jul 18 11 - 12:09am

The above are not accused of breaking the law. News Corp is. This will be in the news a lot longer than Fox news will like, or have you believe.

Jul 18 11 - 1:52pm

Forgery of government documents is, in fact, a felony. Care to try again?

Also, the story is already fading....

Jul 18 11 - 4:14pm

No-one ever proved those documents were forged. Dan Rather (the real one) was shafted.

Jul 17 11 - 2:40am

To be honest, it was stupid for them to say that, but this is fox and friends saying it. I don't take Steve Doocy and brown haired guy who isn't Steve Doocy and their show as good representatives of Fox News because they are pretty derpy, even for Fox.

Now, if it were on O'Riley's show or Hanity's show I might be a little more ragey because they are bigger figure heads for Fox.

Jul 17 11 - 12:50pm

Get beyond it? Get beyond spying on people, hacking into the phones of political opponents, murder victims, and even the families of 911 victims? For years, Murdoch's media empire has had a corrosive effect on journalism and democracy. They present distorted news, relentlessly promoting their fascistic neo conservative agenda. They attack the poor, they attack working people and they champion the rich. And now this gang is are exposed for the criminals they are.

Jul 17 11 - 10:08pm
Mike F

Liberals/liberal media = Its funny most are what they say they dispise of. WHy hate on FOx so much ? maybe there not the best at all times. you would call fox a joke ? then give the nod to cbs/abc/cnn/msnbc ? mightylisk ? Can you do that with a straight face or are you that brianwashed .

Jul 20 11 - 10:06pm

I dislike cbs/abc/cnn/msnbc but I dislike fox even more. They're all jokes.

Jul 18 11 - 12:24pm

Yes, Fox is a joke pretending to be an actual news network. Nothing would raise the level of political discourse in the US than the collapse of Fox News. And I can only hope those tasked with investigating Fox News find something utterly devastating, like political money illegally bouncing between Fox and the Republican Party. Judging from the criminality that defines News Corp, what's really uncovered will likely be a lot worse than that.

Jul 18 11 - 3:33pm
Discourse Raiser

What we really need is mandatory leftist education. No dissenters allowed.