I understand that David Frum doesn’t like it that he’s not exactly the most popular “conservative” on Fox News. And yes, I also get it that he wants to remake the whole conservative movement in his own image, and that this means that the likes of Rush Limbaugh aren’t welcome in it. But does he have to lash out at Fox and popular conservative pundits in general at every possible occasion?
See for instance this article he wrote for his Frum Forum earlier today:
Andrew Sullivan links to a depressing clip of conservative pundits denouncing the idea of an escrow fund to prepay the environmental damage done by BP. Wince, ouch. But please note something: As Dave Weigel points out, the escrow fund idea was proposed by BP itself, at the prodding of Republicans who endorsed the idea well before President Obama ever heard of it.
This story is another example of the harm done by allowing talk radio & Fox – rather than elected officials and aspiring candidates – to define the GOP. Anybody heard any objection to the escrow fund from Mitt Romney? Has Mitch Daniels termed it a “shakedown”? Bobby Jindal seems cool with the idea, ditto Mitch McConnell. But these real leaders are crowded out by people trying to bump ratings a point or two by inciting another prime time hour’s worth of anti-Obama indignation.
Now, he could very well make the point that this escrow fund is a good idea, worthy of conservatives’ support. Fine. But why the cheap shots at the only conservative network in the country? Why attack the only journalists and political commentators who are actually in the business of spreading conservative ideas, and who have the courage to criticize left-wingers such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama himself?
If other news networks were actually doing what they’re supposed to do, there would not even have been a need for Fox. As it is, however, its competitors are anything but neutral and objective. When there are elections, they actively support leftist candidates, and do everything within their power to ruin conservatives’ reputations and, therefore, their chances of winning. And when they’re not trying to decide election outcomes, they constantly push for (far) left policies that have done so much damage to the country.
Fox News certainly has issues. It’s a network run by humans, after all, and humans have weaknesses and make mistakes. But Frum’s and other moderate conservatives’ war against the channel is both uncalled for and counterproductive. Be glad that there is at least one conservative network to counterbalance the progressive bias of all the others. If Frum cares so much about the conservative movement and about spreading conservative ideas, perhaps he could go after those who hate everything he stands for, instead of attacking his own ideological allies.