May 10, 2009
We Report, You Decide: Fox News Anchor Attacks Perez Hilton as 'An Awful Human Being'
Fox News anchors Gregg Jarrett and Julie Banderas are apparently not bigs fan of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
During Sunday evening's "Fox News Live," Jarrett blasted Hilton as "despicable" and an awful human being. The reason: Jarrett didn't like Hilton's decision to ask Miss California Carrie Prejean her opinion on gay marriage during last month's Miss USA pageant.
"I feel sorry for all the heat that she got from Perez Hilton. What an awful human being," Jarrett said while bantering with co-anchor Julie Banderas about news that Prejean might be stripped of her title.
Prejean's work for an anti-gay-marriage group is being investigated by the Miss California organization, as are semi-nude pictures of Prejean that surfaced this week.
Banderas quickly seconded Jarrett's dig at Hilton.
"I think it was awful that they even asked her the question in the first place," Banderas said, eliciting a hearty "yeah" from Jarrett.
"They put her in a really bad, uncomfortable situation," Banderas added. "They shouldn't be involved in politics."
Jarrett still had some anger to work out.
"What a despicable guy that guy is," Jarrett said, still bashing Hilton. "Why would anybody invite him to be a judge? That's what I don't know."
Jarrett then decided to take his point of view to the people.
"Hey, Twitter me and let me know," Jarrett said, before cutting to a commercial break.
And indeed, a few minutes later, Jarrett's jihad on Hilton continued on Twitter, with the Fox News anchor calling the blogger "a loser" and "a mean-spirited person."
Now, you might think Jarrett was expressing an opinion when he attacked Hilton as "an awful human being." You would be wrong.
That's because Fox News executives and anchors have made it very clear: While its primetime hosts serve up commentary and opinion, the channel's news operation is "fair and balanced" and operates with a strict wall between it and the primetime talkers.
The news and opinion sides of Fox News "have different teams, different backgrounds, different goals. We feed two different beasts," anchor Shepard Smith recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jarrett and Banderas are clearly news anchors. So while their comments about Hilton might have sounded like opinions, they were actually expressions of fact, according to Fox News. Because, just like there's no crying in baseball, there's nothing biased about the reporting side of Fox News.
Disagree? Hey, Twitter me and let me know.