“When A Fox Anchor Is The President’s Spokesperson, It Might Be Hard For Viewers To Presume That It’s Reporting Independently”
CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein compares Lou Dobbs and Brit Hume in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, and manages to bring up Tony Snow, too:
“Comparing Dobbs and Hume, he says the former ‘is more informed about the critical issues facing the country, and more objective about what’s going on in the world. Lou Dobbs is in the pocket of no man.’
That’s a not-so-veiled reference to President Bush’s new press secretary, former Fox newsman Tony Snow.
Hume ‘is a well-respected journalist,’ Klein says, ‘but for Fox in general, when a Fox anchor is the president’s spokesperson, it might be hard for viewers to presume that it’s reporting independently on the… issues.’
An FNC rep returns fire: ‘After CNN’s dismal performance [in April], Jon should be more concerned with keeping his job than passing judgment on a respected journalist like Brit Hume.’”