CNN media critic Howard Kurtz on Thursday criticized Fox News for sending Dana Perino to interview former President George W. Bush during the opening of his presidential library.
In a Daily Download video, Kurtz noted that Perino served as the White House press secretary for Bush from 2007 to 2009.
“Can you imagine the reaction at Fox if Obama had left office and [his former spokesman] Robert Gibbs was sent by MSNBC to do the interview?” he remarked. “There would be mockery.”
Daily Download editor-in-chief Laura Ashburn argued the interview of the former president would have been loaded with soft questions regardless. She also noted Fox labels Perino a “commentator.”
“Fair enough, she is a commentator,” Kurtz replied. “But she is also now a journalist in the sense she works for a news organization and the fact that she was sent meant it was going to be a soft interview and, you know, ‘would Fox News do the same thing with a former Democratic president?’ That is the question that it raises.”
The liberal media watchdog Media Matters has leveled similar allegations against Fox News, claiming they were using the opening of Bush’s library to “rehabilitate” his image.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below: