Oliver Willis

Fox Needs Fake Quotes To Prove Liberal Bias

If the concept of liberal bias was real, then conservatives ought to be able to make a forthright case for it, based on simple evidence and data, right? Except that isn’t the case. Fox News’ Sean Hannity had a special on about “liberal bias” and the only way they could prove anything like that was to make up quotes.

Hannity Clip Shows Katie Couric Calling Reagan “An Airhead.” From Hannity’s “Behind the Bias” special:

KATIE COURIC: Good morning. The Gipper was an airhead. [Fox News, Hannity, 4/22/11]

Full Context: Couric Was Citing A Conclusion From A Reagan Biography That Drew A “Tremendous Amount Of Interest And Fire.” From the September 27, 1999, edition of NBC’s Today:

KATIE COURIC, co-host: Good morning. The Gipper was an airhead. That’s one of the conclusions of a new biography of Ronald Reagan that’s drawing a tremendous amount of interest and fire today, Monday, September the 27th, 1999.

Announcer: From NBC News, this is TODAY, with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, live from Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza.

COURIC: And good morning, everyone. Welcome to TODAY on this Monday morning. I’m Katie Couric.

ANN CURRY, co-host: And I’m Ann Curry. Good morning, everybody. Matt’s back tomorrow. Perhaps he’s still celebrating with the American team that won the Ryder Golf Cup tournament yesterday.

COURIC: That’s right. We hope he’s having a great time. We’ll see him tomorrow. But this morning we’re going to begin by looking at this new biography of Ronald Reagan called “Dutch.” The author was actually hand-picked by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, which is why some of his conclusions are so startling. The author, Edmund Morris, will be here for a three-part interview later this week. But in advance of that, we’re going to see why Morris thinks Reagan was an airhead, but still a great president. [NBC, Today, 9/27/99, via Nexis]

That’s just one example. It’s amazingly dishonest. But that is what conservatives do.