Bret Baier on Thursday rebutted Rachel Maddow's claim to David Letterman that Fox News intentionally tries to show images of "scary black people" in order to frighten white folks into voting for conservatives.
As NewsBusters previously reported, the MSNBC host was a guest of the CBS "Late Show" Tuesday, and made some pretty disgusting comments about a competing cable news network.
Speaking with WOR radio's Steve Malzberg, the host of FNC's "Special Report" countered that because Fox addresses stories that other outlets don't, that "doesn't mean that there's political motivation behind covering actual news."
This, of course, is a huge factor in liberal media bias, and is what folks that analyze news reports refer to as bias by omission (transcript follows with commentary, audio available here with relevant section at 10:00):
STEVE MALZBERG, HOST: Rachel Maddow and David Letterman. When you watch this, when you hear this, what do you, what do you think?
BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS CHANNEL: Well, you know, I just think it's unfortunate. I think, you know, I just don't think that there are stories out there that aren't getting covered, and just because they fit, you know, what Rachel Maddow thinks they fit as far as how she describes it, doesn't mean that there's political motivation behind covering actual news.
MALZBERG: And it's the pot calling the kettle if you, no pun intended, black because they're as biased in their own right as any organization I've ever seen.
BAIER: I mean, there is a, a big difference between news and opinion. And we talk about it all the time, and hopefully people at home can distinguish.
MALZBERG: I think they are.
BAIER: And hopefully they can make a choice.
MALZBERG: I think the ratings show that.
Indeed, but potentially more important is that not only doesn't MSNBC care to report on things that don't fit the network's agenda, they have since the emergence of Barack Obama as a presidential candidate deemed that news outlets that cover things they don't like are racist for doing so.
As NewsBusters has been noting, such attacks have been more and more prevalent as Obama's poll numbers have collapsed.