Rove 'on the honor system' at Fox News


Fox News faced heated questions at TCA on Monday about tapping former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove to join its election coverage team.

Reporters expressed concern that hiring Rove was an appropriate hire for a news program after the political strategist last week refused an order to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

"I don't understand why Congress and the White House having a fight over executive power should in any way inhibit who an independent news organization (hires)," "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace said.

Critics also questioned whether the Republican's presence could allow John McCain's campaign to unduly influence Fox News coverage.

"He's always on the honor system, all our employees are," said John Moody, executive vp of Fox News. "I don't think Karl would cross an ethical line like that."

Rove was joined onstage by former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser Howard Wolfson, who has come aboard the Fox News team to represent the Democratic perspective during its election coverage.

"It's not like we're coming from a completely neutral position," Rove said, "but we got to become aware of that." (partialdiff)