The Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Bill Steigerwald has an interview with Fox News Watch’s Eric Burns…
Q: You don’t give away much on the air. You’re pretty good at playing the middle — the centrist. Can you tell us what your politics are, generally?
A: No. I won’t do that because that’s not what I’m paid for at Fox. There are a lot of people who do give their political opinions on the air. And I make it a point — and a point of pride — to have people not know my politics. I don’t think they are relevant to a show that analyzes the news, so I prefer to keep them to myself off the air, as I do on.
Let me tell you this ..The truth is, I have been hosting “News Watch” for eight years. Not once in eight years — that’s 400 shows — has anyone said to me, “You’ve got to put this in the show.” … There is simply no interference with “Fox News Watch.” I have never been asked by anyone who works in any capacity at Fox what my politics are and I have never heard a comment from anyone in any capacity at Fox about anything I’ve said on the air.
And that’s the thing a lot of people who write about Fox don’t like to hear, because they make assumptions about bias that I — in eight years of hosting a show about the media — have never once personally encountered. They don’t like to hear that, I suppose, because they don’t believe it.
Q: What’s your pet criticism of news media today? Things aren’t balanced, there’s a liberal bias, too much frivolity?
A: I think there’s a much greater problem than political bias. I see political bias both ways. I don’t tend to see as much of it as some people do. To me, the two main biases that affect television news are a bias toward simplicity — stripping a story of its necessary nuance — and toward sensationalism, making a story that really isn’t that important seem as if it is. Those are the two primary and most deleterious biases operating in television news today.