What will Bill O'Reilly say about News Corp's partisan $1-million donations?
I remember the phone call so well, I'm surprised to see now that it happened back in 2006.
An energetic researcher from Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel show The O'Reilly Factor called me up in December of that year to ask two interesting questions: What political party was I registered under for voting purposes and had I given any money to any political party?
If you know O'Reilly, you know this game. So it wasn't long before he went on his show to announce that he couldn't find a single non-liberal TV critic in the country, offering that as explanation for why newspaper writers weren't supporting Fox News (was that a backhanded admission that Fox isn't "fair and balanced"?). I'm thinking he phrased it that way because most critics wouldn't answer those questions and he didn't dig up the info another way.
This all came to mind after I saw a recent Politico story saying that Fox News Channel's parent company News Corp. gave $1-million to the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is supporting GOP efforts to retake the Congress. This follows $1-million News Corp. gave earlier to the Republican Governor's Association.
So, given O'Reilly's zeal to uncover liberal bias in the donations of TV critics -- I answered both of his questions, by the way, noting that I was a registered Democrat who doesn't have a dime to give to anybody -- I wonder if he will speak out on his own employer's partisan donations?
I'm not holding my breath long for those Talking Points.