It would have been easy to get smothered in the avalanche of fawning press coverage of Scott Brown and his upset victory in Massachusetts last week.
Leave it to the Fox News Channel to go the extra mile, however. Far from trumpeting the victory of America's newest Republican Senator, FNC took it upon themselves to start their commitment to hagiography even before the voters went to the polls in Massachusetts.
Indeed, as Media Matters pointed out this weekend, FNC acted as an auxiliary of the Brown for Senate campaign squad, doing so in manners which were pretty extraordinary, even for Fox News:
Fox News didn't simply cheer from the sidelines of this contest. Indeed, the network actively aided Brown's campaign. Fox News repeatedly hosted Brown in the days leading up to the election, and during each appearance, Brown directed viewers to his website to find out "how to help with donating and volunteering." Fox News political analyst Dick Morris took it upon himself to urge viewers to "go to DickMorris.com ... to help elect Brown," because if "we win this fight, then there will never be another victory for Obama." When asked at a rally about "ethical questions" raised by Fox News' advocacy for Brown, chief political correspondent Carl Cameron fled, saying he didn't have time to answer. But he did have the time to autograph "Brown for Senate" campaign materials and pose for pictures with Brown's volunteers, as Think Progress documented.
Funny how Keith Olbermann getting rough on Brown gave everybody, including fellow MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, the vapors. Olbermann, in a very professional move, acknowledged the criticism and owned up to it.
No one should hold their breath waiting for Fox News to follow Olbermann's lead.