In a June 22 NewsBusters post, Tom Blumer takes offense at the idea, forwarded by Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald in the wake of the channel hiring Howard Kurtz as a media critic, that Fox News has become "a stable for journalists who have fallen on hard times." Blumer then confirms what we've suspected all along, that nobody at the Media Research Center thinks Fox News is biased:
Overall, what Seitz-Wald doesn't get is that what looks "conservative" to him is more often than not "fair and balanced."
If that's true, the the opposite must be as well: What looks "liberal" to Blumer is more often than not "fair and balanced."
Blumer then goes on to prove just that, as he defended Sean Hannity's attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison:
Congressman Keith Ellison is an Islamic radical, and sharia law treatment of non-Muslims is in many ways comparable to the KKK's enforced treatment of Negroes in the South as second-class citizens and even non-citizens. Ellison's "rabid support for the anti-semitic views of Nation of Islam leader Pastor Louis Farrakhan and the late Black Militant leader Khalid Muhammad" definitely qualify him as an Islamic radical.
Blumer offers no evidence to back up any of this, of course. To the contrary: While Ellison did some work for Farrakhan's Nation of Islam in support of its Million Man March, he pointed out that he has "long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues." Further, numerous Jewish organizations have defended Ellison against Hannity's Islamophobic attacks.
Apparently, in Blumer's eyes, every Muslim is a radical.