Fox News Channel
It's not fair. It's not balanced. So what?
This subspeciation of TV news is a great advance. Until now, we've been stuck with three absurdly evenhanded networks and a TV wire service. Cable has fragmented every other part of the TV market—we have a cartoon network, food network, history channel, etc.—it's about time that the news fragmented too. There may be no other political group that can support a news network, but wouldn't it be lovely to watch a news channel with a libertarian or communitarian or religious conservative tilt? Hooray for media bias—and for Fox, whatever dishonest slogan it adopts.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.