NYT's Classless Front-Page Insult of Roger Ailes, Fox News Audience

May 20th, 2017 8:51 AM
The front page of Friday’s New York Times featured a graceless goodbye to former Fox News chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes (and an insult to Fox News viewers): “A Fighter Who Turned Rage Into a News Empire” by Clyde Haberman. Even upon his passing, the Times maintained its hostility toward a man who found a wide and instantly receptive audience who latched on to a point of view clearly…

Sneering CBS: Ailes’s Success at Fox Due to ‘Exploiting Divisions’

May 19th, 2017 12:58 PM
The sneering reaction to the death of Roger Ailes continued on CBS, Friday. NPR’s David Folkenflik attacked the Fox News founder for “fostering and exploiting divisions.” He also insisted that it was FNC that encouraged the “emphasis on opinion rather than reporting.” As though liberal journalists on ABC, CBS and NBC haven’t been doing that for decades. 

Joan Walsh: Ailes’s Network Shields Its Viewers From ‘Tough Truths’

May 19th, 2017 10:42 AM
A 77-year-old man died the other day, and, according to The Nation’s Walsh, it should have been a major learning moment for the Republican Party. In a Thursday piece about the career and legacy of former Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes, Walsh mused that the passing of the GOP’s “intellectual patron” might “serve as a warning to the party” that “anger, arrogance and seething resentment of a…

Rolling Stone Hate Obit: Ailes Made America 'Vicious and Bloodthirsty'

May 19th, 2017 8:25 AM
It was inevitable that Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi would be among the harshest commenters on the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. It’s hard to forget his funniest things about the death of the pope. His Ailes piece was headlined “Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever: Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today.”

NBC Smears Roger Ailes as Someone Who Diminished American Politics

May 18th, 2017 9:55 PM
Many conservatives were in mourning Thursday after news broke of the death of Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes. In a statement, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell stated that “the Left would command a monopoly control of the so-called 'news' media but for the Fox News Channel, and FNC would not exist but for him.” But for NBC, it was a time to tear down what he did for conservative media…

Classless MSNBC Uses Ailes's Death to Spike Ratings Football

May 18th, 2017 12:04 PM
The callous hosts at MSNBC on Thursday used the sudden death of Roger Ailes as a way to spike the ratings football and tout their recent successes against Fox News. Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough bragged, “Fox News is an absolute mess. We talked about this earlier in passing. Roger Ailes gone for, what, maybe six months, a year, and for first time this century, they aren't in first place. In…

Stay Classy: Gabe Sherman Calls Ailes a ‘Terrorizing Figure’

May 18th, 2017 11:40 AM
Calling in to Thursday’s NBC Today during a special report on the death of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, New York magazine’s Gabe Sherman bid the media executive good riddance as he launched into an incendiary rant calling Ailes a “terrorizing figure” whose “quest for power consumed him.”

MRC’s Brent Bozell on the Passing of Roger Ailes

May 18th, 2017 10:36 AM
On Thursday morning, news broke that Roger Ailes, the founder and chairman of Fox News, passed away at the age of 77. His wife wrote in a statement, “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many.” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the…

Journalists Celebrate FNC's Ailes Death: 'Made People Dumber, Angrier'

May 18th, 2017 10:26 AM
This Thursday morning, news broke that Roger Ailes, the creator of Fox News Channel, has died. Despite sexual assault allegations that ousted him from his network last year, there’s no overstating the impact he had on television news. Ailes created a conservative media network that provided a voice for half the country, in a landscape dominated by liberal agendas. But that is exactly the reason…

Clinton-Coddling Couric Pens TIME Bow to Ex-Fox Host on Sex Harassment

April 21st, 2017 1:28 PM
Just in time for the end of The O'Reilly Factor -- or perhaps, timed to help end it -- Time magazine's list of most influential 100 people includes former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who turned Fox upside down by coming forward with allegations. That took guts, but Carlson knew the liberal media would back her when Fox was targeted. But Carlson's encomium is penned by former NBC and CBS star…

Showtime’s Planned Hit-Job on Fox News

April 8th, 2017 1:50 PM
There is no doubt that a majority of media conglomerates in this country have taken a sharp turn to the left in the past few years. One of the few that deserves my sympathy is Disney, which I have covered extensively (and, in full disclosure as a shareholder and longtime fan). Largely thanks to the television division and the live-action movie studio, the company’s reputation as a trusted source…

CNN Struggling Under Shadow of Growing Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

April 4th, 2017 4:41 PM
A lawsuit filed against the Cable News Network and a number of its sister companies -- including the Turner Broadcasting System and Time Warner, Inc., -- claims that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there are dramatic differences in pay between similarly situated employees of different races, and that the promotion of African-American employees is blocked…

Slate Writer: Megyn Kelly Feeds ‘Red Meat to Her White Base’

December 6th, 2016 4:28 PM
Megyn Kelly is a journalist, but she’s also a sort of actress, suggested Isaac Chotiner in a Monday review of her new book, Settle for More. To Chotiner, Kelly’s a conservative who plays a nonpartisan on TV. She has “done her best to cloud her real agenda.” And it’s worked: she has “wide-ranging respect and admiration among a press corps generally (and rightly) suspicious and dismissive of Fox…

Colbert: Fox/Ailes Scandal Had Me 'Rolling My Eyes Back in Ecstasy'

November 6th, 2016 3:25 PM
On Wednesday, CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert appeared for the entire hour on the NPR chat show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It's like attending a meeting with the president of your fan club. Since NPR folks hate Fox News with a passion, Gross and Colbert giggled over the downfall of Fox boss Roger Ailes over sexual harassment allegations. When Gross asked if he had a special interest in that…