Fox News, of all the possible choices, will apparently be in control of the video cameras at the Presidential debate tonight, as I've learned via Josh Marshall. We are playing on a lop-sided field.
As always, beware the post-debate spin. For example, Marshall also relates that MSNBC had plans to put a hard-core Republican operative, Frank Luntz, in charge of their debate focus group. Fortunately, pressure from Media Matters appears to have caused them to back off. But given how media anchors love to pass along GOP spin as their own words, we still have to fight back hard. The success of Media Matters with MSNBC indicates that we can have an effect if we bother to let these organizations know our displeasure.
For me, first on the list is NPR and Mara Liasson, who were guilty of shoving the Bush flip-flopping lie on Kerry down our throats this morning without any further analysis. Oh, except to mention how "effective" that line has supposedly been. That the thanks for that goes to reporters like her, she does not mention.