The following letter was sent on Friday to Rob Owen, President of the
Television Critics Association, in reaction to
reports that about 100 TV
critics walked out of a presentation by Fox News Channel Chairman and
CEO Roger Ailes, in protest of Fox’s "conservative spin."
Rob Owen, President
Television Critics Association
Dear Mr. Owen:
I was appalled when I read news accounts
about the utter lack of respect that so-called "fair" and "balanced"
members of your organization exhibited toward Fox News Channel’s
Chairman Roger Ailes Monday night. Such open contempt for Fox speaks
volumes about their personal intolerance and disdain for any point of
view that doesn’t reflect their liberal ideology.
Sources at the meeting reported that
two-thirds of the 150 attendees in the room walked out in protest of
Fox’s "conservative spin." Can you imagine the uproar that would follow
if even a fraction of those attendees walked out on Dan Rather or CNN’s
Ted Turner? Ironically, the very people who promote "freedom of the
press," "tolerance" and boast of "diversity of opinion" have
demonstrated that they are nothing more than cynical hypocrites.
Frankly, they don’t deserve to call themselves journalists.
Perhaps your members should familiarize
themselves with the standards and ethics of their industry. Only then
can they begin to practice what they preach: fair and balanced
Roger Ailes is owed an apology.
L. Brent Bozell III
President, Media Research Center