Skip to comments.Howell Raines: Why Don't Honest Journalists Take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?
Posted on 03/11/2010 5:34:32 PM PST by kristinn
One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice. It is this: Why haven't America's old-school news organizations blown the whistle on Roger Ailes, chief of Fox News, for using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration -- a campaign without precedent in our modern political history?
Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and its cadre of raucous commentators, Ailes has overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II. Yet, many members of my profession seem to stand by in silence as Ailes tears up the rulebook that served this country well as we covered the major stories of the past three generations, from the civil rights revolution to Watergate to the Wall Street scandals. This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue. It is a matter of Fox turning reality on its head with, among other tactics, its endless repetition of its uber-lie: "The American people do not want health-care reform."
My great fear, however, is that some journalists of my generation who once prided themselves on blowing whistles and afflicting the comfortable have also been intimidated by Fox's financial power and expanding audience, as well as Ailes's proven willingness to dismantle the reputation of anyone who crosses him.
As for Fox News, lots of people who know better are keeping quiet about what to call it. Its news operation can, in fact, be called many things, but reporters of my generation, with memories and keyboards, dare not call it journalism.
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LOL. What was the NY Times? Nevermind.
Because all of the HONEST ones work for Ailes and FOX News?
Oh brother. The POT is calling the KETTLE black. The Washington Post is so slanted they are falling over from the distortions of the truth.
Is this The Onion or Scott Ott?
Hey, is this satire?
The New York Times? Uuuummmm, I think that’s the broadsheet that had a Sunday Crossword I could never do.
Because they can’t...they’ve been bending the news for generations and Fox is simply balance against their big government bias.
"Why, oh, why, am I the only honest journalist in the country? I hate you all!"
Kristinn....I couldn’t get past that 1st paragraph. Recently have upped my Cozaar to 100mg.
It gave me palpitations! LOL!
I will not give Obama the satisfaction of knowing he ‘killed’ me. ;^)
Have you never heard of a thing called the truth?
Has this asshat watched MSNBC lately. Talk about a propaganda machine. Yes Fox has Beck. But, Beck does NOT cross out most of what is on MSNBC. How about the WAPO and their bias. This guy is not being truthful just another hack.
Geeze.As my Dad used to say "I wonder how much he'd charge to haunt a house?"
Someone needs to put these nazis down.
The campaign against Obama, if any, is on principle. You know, that rare mythical substance most journalists have never seen.
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