Is ABC News moving to the political right?
Several times over the past few years, I’ve had cause to notice that Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, often has a rightward tilt in his reporting.
And there have been other indications, some of them only subtle, that ABC is increasingly leaning to the conservative side of the political spectrum.
But now this drift seems to have become more pronounced, especially in light of the network’s recent hiring of a out-and-out right-wing opinionist.
THIS GUY is pretty upset about it:
ABC News recently hired Laura Ingraham [above] to be a regular contributor to their prestigious Sunday morning political talk show, “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” Why on earth would anyone hire Ingraham, a second-rate right-wing bomb-thrower whose shtick is well past its sell-by date? You could ask ABC News, but they’d presumably answer with boilerplate press release-ese about how they seek out a “diversity of viewpoints” and welcome her “provocative” take on world events…
[B]ut Ingraham’s not the only sorry character ABC has picked up recently.
Last October, “This Week” hired Bill Kristol, the bumbling neoconservative scion, who is famous for his disastrous predictions and his even more disastrous lobbying for war.
In addition to being morally culpable for the meaningless violent deaths of hundreds of thousands, Kristol is also a terrible pundit. He is not just terrible at predictions, he is also dull. He was too lazy a writer and thinker for the New York Times…leading them to decline to renew is contract after one year as a columnist. (He moved, naturally, to the Washington Post.) Only a Sunday show producer (or Washington Post opinion page editor) could imagine that Bill Kristol’s take on the issues of the day would be useful or enlightening or even entertaining to anyone…
Perhaps ABC News is repositioning itself as more conservative…NBC’s “Meet the Press” is struggling. It’s easy to imagine a television professional thinking that NBC’s problem is that viewers think it is too liberal, and that therefore the best way to beat it is to become more conservative.