I don't think anyone is saying the other stations are AWESOME or completely unbiased and only Fox is. However, Fox News takes it to the very extremes and is on a realm of it's own which draws more attention to it.
FOX is in the same realm as MSNBC...just in the opposite corner. Aside from ideologies they are identical with the exception that FOX makes at least some attempt to occasionally air dissenting voices.
People usually get offended when "their" side is bashed unjustly but are also usually oblivious to to injustice when it is done by them to those they disagree with. I have three teenage sons and through talking to them and their friends over the years have learned that the majority of their informed opinions [i.e., things they have not learned first hand] are simply reflective views of what someone one on the internet has said--not a compilation of different views accompanied by studied facts that resulted in their own conclusions--simply regurgitated and almost verbatim arguments accepted as authoritative and final because the person sounds smart and particularly shares some views they already came into the discussion with at the start.
"I think war is a bad thing and killing is wrong."...therefore, the website devoted to how evil all Republicans are because they began a war shows that all Republicans are "indeed evil.". They then go on form this conclusion, "Since all Republicans are evil, they can't be trusted and therefore are always wrong.". You end up with a person who simply nods his head with the established convention of his peers and facts and balance are no longer needed to sustain one's biased view--they are only useful to prove the other view as "wrong".
That's essentially what this thread and a few others here are about. I understand the offense at FOX's often exaggerated and obviously overheated rhetoric for ratings coveage but I am just as offended that only FOX offends. I find other equally offensive coverage on other networks that match or exceed FOX in hubris and ratings grabs--MSNBC foremost among them and a perfect example.
The sad thing is it goes beyond news rhetoric and straight to political rhetoric as well. Many are quite willing to blindly believe what they are told by "their" party and equally willing to refuse to consider what the "other party" says--even if they may have a point.
O'Reilly, Maddow, Beck, Oberman, Limbaugh and even The View sometimes are spot on in some of the things they say. Other times they are raging idiots--and that would be all of them..not just the ones "we" have decided are right.
Politics has tapped into this ignorant and emotion based way of thinking and has turned the manipulation of it into an art form (of the lowest sort). Sadly people buy right into it. All threads such as this which start with, "Prove me wrong but you but you can't disagree ith my premise" are mirrored examples of the stupidity of political arguments at this time and such stupidity is dangerous in a free country.
I would love to see an intelligent presentation of a reason to BELIEVE something rather than pages of heated, "Those stupid idiots--look how bad they are!". I can launch a succesfult hate topic with lots of views with no effort (and make them more credible by posting stats and charts) but why would I waste anyopne's time doing so? Something you learn in early in sales is, "Bashing the other guy's product doesn't make your sale.". You have to actually sell your own product in order to get them to buy it. The fact that the other product is bad doesn't make yours good.
There are smart people who can make a case for their views and their are smart people who can always complain about someone else's views and hout loudly reasons to not listen to them. Everyone wants to be king but few want to be genuine worthy laborers. Speaking for my own country--the U.S.--we better start learning how to be a nation again or we are going to become a divided state. I'd cite some points from the founding fathers but many see that as simply a "knee-jerk defense".
Our aspiring "new founders" are much more informed and intelligent than oursleves or the original ones--just as they always tell us they are.