Suddenly Feeling That I Know Too Much About John Moody

The story of the McCain worker who faked an assault and blamed it on an imaginary Obama supporter sheds a queasy light on the thinking at the top of the right’s most important media outlet. John Moody, the executive vice president responsible for the editorial direction of Fox News Channel, had this to say (on a Fox News blog) about the assault claim before it was exposed as a hoax:

If Ms. Toddâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.

If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCainâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.

Voters would “suddenly feel they do not know enough the Democratic nominee”? What is the chain of thought there? Voters would realize they didn’t know whether Obama encourages his supporters to commit assault?

One might think that what Moody meant is that the story, if true, would have made some voters realize that they weren’t sure whether or not Obama was a scary black man. But he specified that these voters would be revisiting their support for Obama “not because they are racists.” So that can’t be it.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.