I take issue with clumping Obermann and Maddow with the Fox crew. Yes, Keith is edgy but he is factual. He and Maddow cover stories that other networks tend to ignore. They both have very qualified people on their shows expressing opinions and critiques.
I take issue with not clumping Keith with the Fox crew. He is emotional and biased. He clearly has an agenda, and doesn’t hide it. That is the definition of Fox journalism.
The stories that Fox and Keith don’t ignore are those that support a predetermined point of view. Reputable journalism ignores those stories because they are only relevant to those looking for support for their preconceived notions.
I also invite you to question how qualified the guests that appear on these shows really are. In this age of polarized news, the essence of fairness is to balance your expert analysis by inviting one member of each camp to the show and let them spout at one another.
“Expert” analysis used to mean that the journalist sought out an actual expert and then let them explain the issue. It was the journalist’s job to make sure that the expert knew what the hell he or she was talking about, and was not biased.