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Kurtz challenges Media Matters attack on Ed Henry

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For regular followers of Media Matters for America, it’s old news that the George Soros-funded liberal attack group sees the Fox News Channel as the root of all evil. But Media Matters also apparently believes everyone Fox News employs — even a career journalist known for his fairness — is fair game for character assassination. (Did Howard Kurtz take a veiled shot at Dick Morris?)

A June 20 post by Media Matters’ Oliver Willis seemed to suggest as much. In the piece, Willis went all the way back to 2005 to argue that recent Fox News hire Ed Henry, formerly of CNN, has always been on the side of conservatives with his reporting. The post drew the ire of CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz.

“Here’s what I didn’t like: CNN’s Ed Henry, one of the fairest journalists I know, is moving to Fox News as chief White House correspondent, something of a coup for Fox,” Kurtz said on his Sunday show. “But that prompted the liberal advocacy group Media Matters to take a few swipes at Henry. Six years ago he described a Democratic proposal to withdraw from Iraq this way, quote: ‘Some have referred to this as the cut-and-run provision.’ Was that a Republican talking point? He made clear it was one faction’s description. Plus, as a member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Henry defended Fox’ right to inherit a front-row briefing room seat.”

Kurtz concluded the criticism was unfair.

“Come on, just by taking a job at Fox, Ed Henry didn’t automatically become an unfair and unbalanced guy,” Kurtz said.

  • OldLeftie

    @Mardec: so it’s alright for Fox to target liberals, but not for liberals to have a voice that targets conservatives? I don’t get you “fair and balanced” people. I’m not defending Media Matters, I’m just wondering when you guys will fess up to your prejudices and admit that you’re just the other side of the political coin. Stop whining about “liberal bias” and start thinking about being less hypocritical.

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  • 1TrueOne55

    Yeah I left CNN years ago during the 08 elections when Rick Sanchez had a live blog and was allowing just vile rumors to be live shot on TV… and then I left MSNBC when KO kept sliming BO and the Factor. It made me look at FoxNews since I never had before and I have stayed ever since. And with more moderate liberals in jobs at Fox it makes more sense to stay and watch news that is not so blatantly conservative or Progressive but more independent. This is most likely why Fox news leads poles in its style of News reporting and Journalism. Even Lou Dobbs found a home at Fox.

  • mardec

    Why would any one think Media Matters is trying to be fair? Their only reason to exist is to bring down Fox News and any Conservative voices out there. Kurtz knows that, even though he’s a Lib.

    Why should any one care what Media Matter thinks or says anyway?

  • Archie Leech

    Media Matters is a fraud. Ninety percent of their energy goes to smearing one news organization. It’s junk food for haters … and it’s irrelevant.

  • JL1999

    No one I know suggests Kurtz’ heart isn’t in the right place. It has always been about judgement and priorities.