Fox News is outraged - outraged! - that the White House dares to say openly that Fox News is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. How dare they make such a point, despite the fact that anyone with a functioning brain could come to the same conclusion, despite the fact that those obnoxious Tea Parties and Town Hell bozos are funded and supported by Fox News, despite the way that Fox is behind these absurd death panel arguments and other baseless lies that keep popping up in the mouths of people who should really know better.
Fox President Michael Clemente says:
An increasing number of viewers are relying on FOX News for both news and opinion. And the average news consumer can certainly distinguish between the A-section of the newspaper and the editorial page, which is what our programming represents. So, with all due respect to anyone who might still be confused about the difference between news reporting and vibrant opinion, my suggestion would be to talk about the stories and the facts, rather than attack the messenger... which over time, has never worked.
Stephen Colbert always says that he lets the free market decide the truth. And Fox's defense of itself is to present the exact same argument without the irony. Nice! Score one for the reality-based community.