I am unclear what you meant by that comment about the standard m.o., Mike. Exactly what would that be?
Do you mean the White House calling Glen Beck on the specific lies he voiced during his broadcast? Would that the White House made more of a practice of doing exactly that! I got the impression that you were not at all bothered by the outright lies that Glen Beck was giving voice to but were upset that somebody might think that Glen Beck wasn't a talk show.
I suspect that telling lies on a talk show listened to by large numbers of true believers and telling lies on a news show listened to by large numbers of true believers might actually be two different things. But then you'd still have to explain why all those Fox viewers ended up believing all those lies about the Iraq war, such as 1) Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11; 2) There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and 3) The rest of the world supported the US intervention in Iraq. While the number of viewers of PBS who believed such lies was far, far lower. You may dislike Wikipedia, but their citations are pretty good, and you can check them out for yourself.
Lies like those of Beck and Hannity are often taken by Fox viewers as the truth, as though they were news and not, charitably, opinion, and they go quite a distance in helping form the opinions of those viewers, despite the fact they they are often false. I use the information about the Iraq war here as a benchmark, since that's been pretty well established, and even President Bush has acknowledged that the information given out in the early days of the war was false, though Vice President Cheney would often contradict President Bush's statements very quickly thereafter. You may remember some of our conversations on those subjects.
This business about "m.o." and "finger-pointing" sound very much like ad Hominem attacks to me, Mike. If you have something telling to say about the subject, then tell it. I find that stuff of interest, and I think it furthers the conversation on Fox News here, which is what I believe we're trying to talk about.