On that theme, I liked Jonah Goldberg's article from this weekend, Patriotism & the Press:
Fox News offers a lesson here. I know the network's detractors think it's a right-wing propaganda factory. And, I certainly agree that much of Fox's programming is conservative (though liberals' sudden concern with ideologically loaded coverage is ironic). But at least one of the things that has made Fox News successful isn't that it's right-wing, it is that it's populist.
This is an important distinction. From the beginning, Fox anchors weren't ashamed to wear American flags on their lapels. They aren't afraid to refer to American troops as "our brave fighting men and women" or some such. They aren't terrified that they will lose their objectivity merit badges if they sound like they hope America wins.
If Fox goes overboard sometimes, it's only compared to a new standard Ernie Pyle wouldn't recognize.
This seems quite accurate to me. It's not that I think objectivity in journalism as a general idea isn't good, or that I don't acknowledge that Fox News is often conservative - but (shockingly, I know) I can't help but like them most of the time. Watching Tony Snow's coverage leading up to the WWII memorial dedication, as he interviewed a lot of veterans on the scene on Saturday, was great. When he thanked them or asked questions about their service and their memories, you could tell it was sincere. And why shouldn't he have been? I think Jonah is right that that resonates as a populist sentiment more than a particularly conservative one; I think it's a sentiment that (perhaps by definition) people appreciate and like.