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Howell Raines: Why Don't Honest Journalists Take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?
The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, March 14, 2010 | Howell Raines

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."

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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.

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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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Two words for Howell Raines: Jayson Blair.
1 posted on 03/11/2010 5:34:33 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

LOL. What was the NY Times? Nevermind.


2 posted on 03/11/2010 5:35:15 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: kristinn

Because all of the HONEST ones work for Ailes and FOX News?


3 posted on 03/11/2010 5:35:41 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (A proud American-American since 1949.)
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To: kristinn

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.


4 posted on 03/11/2010 5:37:04 PM PST by mia
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To: kristinn

Is this The Onion or Scott Ott?


5 posted on 03/11/2010 5:37:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, the Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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To: kristinn

Hey, is this satire?


6 posted on 03/11/2010 5:37:24 PM PST by jazminerose
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To: pissant

The New York Times? Uuuummmm, I think that’s the broadsheet that had a Sunday Crossword I could never do.


7 posted on 03/11/2010 5:37:34 PM PST by Mears
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To: kristinn

Because they can’t...they’ve been bending the news for generations and Fox is simply balance against their big government bias.


8 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:07 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: kristinn
Why Don't Honest Journalists Take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?

Bolded bit = Oxymoron.
9 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:13 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: kristinn

"Why, oh, why, am I the only honest journalist in the country? I hate you all!"

10 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn
Hey,pal....MSDNC has been doing that for years.And all 200 of their viewers are glad that they do.
11 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:45 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: kristinn

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. ;^)


12 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:48 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: kristinn
Because, Mr. Raines, Honest journalists don't “take on” the truth.
13 posted on 03/11/2010 5:38:51 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: kristinn
Howell Raines !!! You sir, are a jackass!

Have you never heard of a thing called the truth?

14 posted on 03/11/2010 5:40:10 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: kristinn

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.


15 posted on 03/11/2010 5:40:29 PM PST by therut
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To: kristinn
Dear Howell Raines...
Your fate was sealed on the day the press glued their lips to Obama's hind side....


16 posted on 03/11/2010 5:40:57 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: kristinn

Geeze.As my Dad used to say "I wonder how much he'd charge to haunt a house?"

17 posted on 03/11/2010 5:41:05 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: kristinn
Did they attach the following pic of Howell Raines to the article?


18 posted on 03/11/2010 5:41:07 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: kristinn
Lets investigate the one news organization who doesn't tow the statist line. Right.

Someone needs to put these nazis down.

19 posted on 03/11/2010 5:41:40 PM PST by skeeter
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To: kristinn

The campaign against Obama, if any, is on principle. You know, that rare mythical substance most journalists have never seen.


20 posted on 03/11/2010 5:41:59 PM PST by Tax Government (Conservatives are blue, Democrats are red. Take back our color.)
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To: kristinn
Health Care Insurance Reform can't stand up to scrutiny. Trying to defend or promote it just creates openings to expose it for the fraud that it is. Which is exactly why 0baMao, Pelosi and Reid have kept so much of it behind closed doors. Even its authors would rather not bring it up.
21 posted on 03/11/2010 5:42:25 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: kristinn
Kristinn,

Do the mods know you are making up stuff and attributing it to the New York Times?. That's just wrong.

Oldplayer

22 posted on 03/11/2010 5:43:24 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: kristinn

where was this ‘journalist’ when ABC turned its network over to Obama to use as his mouthpiece? He thinks Fox lies about health reform? Just to be fair and balanced here, are his own preferred news outlets lying when they say bho is not a socialist? I don’t think he wants to go there.


23 posted on 03/11/2010 5:44:45 PM PST by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: kristinn

The question answers itself.


24 posted on 03/11/2010 5:45:42 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Tea parties today, Lexington tomorrow.)
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To: kristinn

Raines you commie, pinko, slut.....


25 posted on 03/11/2010 5:46:06 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: kristinn
Howell Raines: Why Don't Honest Journalists Take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?

From the notorious Howell Raines, who GOT FIRED FOR FAKING THE NEWS!!!!

SOCIALIST PARANOID PROJECTION!

26 posted on 03/11/2010 5:46:47 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: kristinn

This is a joke, right.


27 posted on 03/11/2010 5:47:35 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: kristinn

Two reasons come immediately to mind:

1) In the MSM, there are no honest journalists.

2) That’s because -if they’re honest - they don’t write for any of the dinosaur pubs.


28 posted on 03/11/2010 5:47:46 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Cicero
It is so appropriate that he looks like a cross between Dan Rather and Manuel Noriega.
29 posted on 03/11/2010 5:48:08 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I was thinking, he looks like he lives in a bar...What a booze face...


30 posted on 03/11/2010 5:48:26 PM PST by hstacey (An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure...)
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To: kristinn
As if NY Times, WAPO, LA Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN (I could go on but why) didn't savage Bush for 8 years. I wish I subscribed to the WAPO so I could cancel my subscription. What a double standard! The sad part is that this creep thinks he's objective. Read Bernie Goldberg's books (Biased and Arrogance) to understand the mindset of a guy like Howell Raines. The MSM has had a virtual monopoly on news and information for the longest time and it's coming to an end. Newspapers are on a death watch and guys like Raines can't believe their world is crumbling. Let him stew.
31 posted on 03/11/2010 5:49:21 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: kristinn

Hey Howard, why doesn’t the SRM ever ax hard questions of the dim politicians instead of kissing their butt?


32 posted on 03/11/2010 5:49:23 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Hey zero, It is NOT Bush's fault anymore.)
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To: Cicero

He looks like a big-time boozer to me, which could explain some of his past problems.


33 posted on 03/11/2010 5:49:35 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: oldplayer; kristinn
Exactly how is kristinn doing that?

All I see is an attribution to the Washington Post.

Please explain.

34 posted on 03/11/2010 5:49:40 PM PST by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: kristinn

It never ceases to amaze me in regards to the extent of the left’s brainwashing. That idiot actually believes the malarkey he is espousing. My God, I do believe that liberalism is a mental disorder...I pray that these people find a cure, how they suffer so.


35 posted on 03/11/2010 5:50:16 PM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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Howell not Howard.


36 posted on 03/11/2010 5:50:41 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Hey zero, It is NOT Bush's fault anymore.)
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To: kristinn
Oh they do, Mr. Raines.

They all submit their applications and try to get hired by FOX and Ailes, seeing as how their talents are very wasted at fraudulent "media outlets" in the MSM.

37 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:03 PM PST by zerosix (native Sunflower)
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To: kristinn

bump


38 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:21 PM PST by tom paine 2
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To: kristinn
This is public proof that Howell Raines ison hullicigenetic drugs!
39 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:22 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: kristinn

This is satire, right?


40 posted on 03/11/2010 5:52:27 PM PST by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: kristinn
Because the propaganda is staple for the Lame Stream Media he`s mentioning, besides,they`re too busy feeling tingles as they kiss Obama`s @ss.
41 posted on 03/11/2010 5:52:44 PM PST by nomad
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To: kristinn

Fox’s viewers are too stupid to know the truth unless a liberal explains it to them.


42 posted on 03/11/2010 5:53:12 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Cicero

His nose makes him look like an alcoholic.


43 posted on 03/11/2010 5:53:20 PM PST by abigailsmybaby
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To: kristinn

Gee, Howie, why not just step up & put Fox in its place while you still have a notable circulation? Are you some powerless peon without a voice?

Oh, that’s right, you tried & failed already.

I guess you have become a peon... nice confession. Welcome to your well deserved irrelevance!


44 posted on 03/11/2010 5:54:18 PM PST by wizard61 (Hack the Narrative!)
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To: kristinn

Two more words: Dan Rather.

I get a tingle up my leg whenever another dinosaur like Raines wails about the loss of the monopoly the Democrat newsrooms enjoyed for decades. They are just gnashing their teeth that people are (finally!) getting the truth about the Democrat party and its America-hating socialist agenda.

I’m surprised Raines hasn’t had a heart attack yet.


45 posted on 03/11/2010 5:54:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kristinn

I’d love to see Howard as a “guest” on the Factor!


46 posted on 03/11/2010 5:56:03 PM PST by SMM48
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To: kristinn
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."

Is this man a moron. We read the bills. We don't want this "reform" because we know what it is, and it isn't about anyone's "health care."

47 posted on 03/11/2010 5:56:10 PM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: kristinn
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?

Howell, your tenure at the New York Times puts the lie to your question. The NYT conducts propaganda campaigns on a daily basis.

48 posted on 03/11/2010 5:57:00 PM PST by RJL
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To: kristinn

Gee Howell perhaps it’s because they are telling the truth and other journalists don’t want to look silly for lying?


49 posted on 03/11/2010 5:57:01 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: kristinn

There are honest journalists?


50 posted on 03/11/2010 6:04:41 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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