TCA Day 8 (actually the afternoon of Day 7, a day late)
Today's cuppa: Barry's Classic Blend tea and Beverly Hilton coffee (still good).
Fox Broadcasting presented its fall schedule yesterday. As they have only a couple of new shows, there were a lot of familiar faces, including the cast of the "24" prequel movie and a panel of animation producers (BTW, people dressed as characters from "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" are creepy. Those characters are really not meant to be seen larger than life-size and in 3-D).
But what stuck out in my mind was the Fox News panel in the afternoon. As I reported last week, it featured "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, political analysts Karl Rove (who most recently worked in the George W. Bush administration) and Howard Wolfson (who most recently worked on the campaign of Hillary Clinton), and John Moody, executive vice president, news editorial.
Fox News is often accused of editorializing and showing bias toward the conservative viewpoint. To be fair, the opposite charge of pro-liberal bias is often leveled at other news organizations. Viewers can, and do, decide for themselves.
The session -- which has been widely written up -- was generally civil, lively and interesting. Tough questions were asked and answered (as also happened at last week's CNN session and will no doubt happen at future sessions with network news people).
But at one point ,well, here's an excerpt of the transcript:
QUESTION: Mr. Moody, is -- to follow up on
that -- is Mr. Rove on the honor system regarding
his conversations with Steve Schmidt and other
people high up the McCain campaign, or have you
discussed a certain line that he won't cross?
JOHN MOODY: He's always on the honor system. All
of our employees are, but I can tell you as the
ultimate -- "the buck," if you want to call it
that -- where it stops, we get most of our
information about the McCain campaign from our
correspondent who's covering it, Carl Cameron.
He's faster than Karl.
QUESTION: But the question is more is --
JOHN MOODY: I understand the question. I don't
think Karl would cross an ethical line like that,
nor do I think that --
-- nor do I think it's a question really that we
should have to look at a whole lot. What kind of
information from Steve Schmidt is going to be
transmitted through Karl Rove to FOX News that
Carl Cameron our correspondent on the beat isn't
going to get first.
There was other laughter during the session, but that was generally in response to jokes or quips. I don't know for sure who laughed and who didn't at this juncture, but those who did appeared to be expressing an opinion about Mr. Moody's assertion and, by extension, Mr. Rove's ethics.
Sayings about pots and kettles and people who live in glass houses come to mind...