In a no doubt fleeting act of fairness and balance, CNN’s Campbell Brown actually stuck up for rival Fox News in an interview this week with White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. And it didn’t take long for Jarrett’s answers to turn humorous. Here’s the exchange:
Brown: So do you think Fox News is biased?Jarrett: Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.
Brown: Okay. Then do you also think that MSNBC is biased?
Jarrett: Well, you know what? This is the thing. I don’t want to — actually, I don’t want to just generalize all Fox is biased or that another station is biased. I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis. And when we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion.
Brown: But you only see that at Fox News? That’s all that — you have spoken out about Fox News.
Jarrett: That’s actually not true. I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power.
It’s quite amusing how quickly Jarrett backpedaled when confronted with her own bias; she clearly wasn’t prepared for the MSNBC question. Not that Brown acknowledged CNN’s bias, mind you.
As for the tired old slogan “speaking truth to power,” Jarrett might want to check her pay stub. She works for the White House, which is the very embodiment of power. Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto quipped, “The job of those in power is not to ‘speak truth to power,’ though it would be nice if they spoke the truth once in a while.”