Beckel: Network Anchors Overwhelmingly Democrat, But 'Doesn't Make Difference At All'

Player, please . . . Does liberal pundit Bob Beckel care about his credibility?  Apparently not. Beckel has admitted that the pool of network anchors is "overwhelmingly Democrat," but somehow argues that "it doesn't make a difference at all."  Riiight.  

Beckel appeared on this evening's O'Reilly Factor after host Bill had documented chapter and verse that every leading network anchor with the possible exception of Scott Pelley is a confirmed liberal or Democrat.  But Beckel refused to admit the undeniable--that this affects the nature of their coverage.  "I don't think it matters.  I don't think it sends the news one way or another." This despite also admitting that if the tables were turned and virtually all the anchors were Republican, he'd be complaining about it "all the time." View the video after the jump.



Watch Beckel deny reality.

BILL O'REILLY: You're dodging my question. Do you believe there are no Republican or conservative journalists that are qualified to hold those positions?
 
BOB BECKEL: I certainly think there are, sure. But I don't care if there are not.

O'REILLY: Why don't you care?

BECKEL: I don't think it matters. I don't think it sends the news one way or the other.
 
O'REILLY: So if all of the network anchors were Republican conservatives it wouldn't bother you?

BECKEL: Oh, I'd be complaining about--all of the time just like the Republicans complain.

O'REILLY: You're making my point. You're making my point.

BECKEL: They happen to be there. They got hired. They went up and worked their way up the ranks for the most part and they got their jobs.

O'REILLY: Now wait a minute They didn't work their way up the ranks with all due respect to most of them. They were appointed to that position. That is a subjective position. I worked in network news, and I know that promotions were given to people based upon their political leanings and based upon how they conducted themselves in the politically correct atmosphere in which they work.

BECKEL: Are you suggesting these people got their jobs because they were liberal Democrats? If so, you have got the greatest lawsuit going there in the history of mankind.

O'REILLY: There's no lawsuit there because you can't prove it. I will suggest to you, and I know it's true that some of the people that are promoted at the network level are promoted because of political correctness, absolutely that is the case.

BECKEL: If can you believe that's absolutely the case --

O'REILLY: Wait a minute. We just documented to you, every single one of those people being liberal or a Democrat. Every -- except for Scott Pelley, I honestly can't say what Scott Pelley is. But we just documented that to you. Do you think that's a coincidence?

BECKEL: Do I think it's a coincidence?

O'REILLY: Yeah.

BECKEL:Do I think the pool of people that they pick from are overwhelmingly Democrat? Sure! But what difference does it make?

O'REILLY: Well wait a minute. Your contention is it doesn't make a difference.

BECKEL: I don't think it makes a difference at all.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.