Before we start re-thinking what our lying eyes have told us about Fox all along, before we begin erasing the quotes of skepticism from "fair and balanced" or, conversely, writing Fox's obituary, let's look at what really happened Thursday night.
Are we still talking about this whole phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.? Profits are up at News Corp. And, as Rupert Murdoch assured investors yesterday, "There can be no doubt about our commitment to ethics and integrity."
Many say that it is thoughtless, even reckless to blame an entire political movement for the actions of men like Breivik or Dr. Tiller's killer. I am inclined to agree. But it is just as reckless to dismiss these men as simply crazed.
Much of the media has fallen down on its responsibilities -- not by tapping the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crimes and terrorist attacks -- but by failing to insure the public is truly informed about the most pressing issues of the day.
There are many reasons the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch has riveted public attention. It features twists of fate, betrayal, deception, abuse of power, and, even murder. But beneath this lies a bigger problem, and it's not confined to the United Kingdom.
The Donald and Palin occupy a unique space in today's media and political culture -- a fact-free zone where they earn millions shamelessly reflecting the world as they and their fans choose to see it, regardless of actual fact.
If the purpose of Fox News is to promote Republicans, the opening debate of campaign 2012 did little to advance the cause. The event was like a party all the cool kids boycotted, leaving only an assortment of nerds to whip up their own brand of fun.
Before we got the news Sunday night, America got about a solid hour of ramping and vamping, as newspeople took to the teevee to make wild speculation about what it was that they were all summoned back to work to report.