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Roger Ailes, R.I.P.

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The founder and CEO of FOX News  has died.   I suspect that his recent ouster on the basis of allegations of sexual misconduct had more to do with the personal political views of Rupert Murdoch’s sons than with truth and justice.  After all,  that is what they have done in their jobs as CEO and co-chairman of Fox News’ parent company,  21st Century Fox,  and they appear to be busily destroying the FOX brand.

Democrats hated Roger Ailes because he was effective — a cardinal sin if you dare to promote less than progressive views.  A lot of people  admired him and what he created.   Count me among them.

UPDATE:  Some views from others,  beginning with  Ken McIntyre,  then Steve Peoples,  and  Rush Limbaugh,  along with  Pres. George  H.W. Bush.   Shepard Smith had a  more personal  take on the death of his mentor from complications resulting from a fall.

UPDATE:  And one more from Andrew Ferguson,  here.

UPDATE:  And a summation of what Ailes wrought,  from Jonah Goldberg,  here.

I’m not sure it will take Murdoch’s liberal  sons as  long as five years to destroy what Ailes created.

 

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May 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Good golly, Miss Molly…

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Molly Henneberg of FOX News has decided her little girl is more important than  the job she has held and loved for over a decade.   Good for her for putting her family first because it was the right thing for her to do.   Successful women always have difficult choices to make,  although I freely admit that for some,  family life is far less important than their career.   That has long been true for many men,  in no small measure because their wives want the benefits of high salaries,  then  those same women complain that the mate doesn’t spend enough time with them.

Since FOX has offered to make her a freelance journalist,  I expect we’ll see her from time to time.

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December 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

FOX dominates…

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FOX News  blew all  the competition away on election night,  handily beating not just the cable channels but also the broadcast channels.  If you don’t want to read the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik  column,  this short piece from  FOX will give you the flavor.

The problem for the other outlets is that FOX actually does try to be fair and balanced.   Even the opinion slots have liberal,  progressive,  and sometimes left-wing nut jobs on.

If you’re really pressed for time,  examine  these two headlines  and ponder the difference.

Adding still more woe is that Bret Baier’s Special Report  has surpassed   ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir in five key markets across the country in household viewers.   He also topped CBS’ Evening News with Scott Pelley.   This is a really big deal.

 

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December 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

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FOX News on top…

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FOX News was the  biggest winner  on last Tuesday night,  crushing its cable competitors as well as broadcast stations.

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November 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Loser alert…

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I read with amusement that Media Matters has  declared victory  over FOX News and is moving on to other targets.   That is a standard move on the Left when it loses a fight,  and polls indicate quite clearly that FOX remains on top despite the vicious vitriol and voluminous spittle from the Left.

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December 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

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FOX more balanced…

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Of course FOX News is  more balanced  than MSNBC   —   and practically every other news outfit.   People can tune in to hear both sides when they tire of hearing the same side presented in multiple voices.

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August 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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FOX News most and least…

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If 34% of those polled  trust FOX the most,  and another 34% trust it the least,  it seems to me that FOX is getting it right,  and has earned its  “fair and balanced”  motto.

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January 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

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FOX at 15…

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FOX News is  celebrating 15 years  of existence  — to the delight of people who want news which is not opinion,  and opinion which is clearly so.  No wonder FOX keeps gaining viewers while the rest lose them.

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October 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

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Arizona shooting…

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Philip Klein  nails another casualty in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords   —   Congress critters now have the perfect excuse to avoid meeting with their constituents,  and indeed they are already whining about  security concerns.

The one thing we do know about it is that Sarah Palin isn’t responsible for it,  as the  Left contends.   That’s part of what one of Robert Stacy McCain’s readers terms the  colossal failure of journalism.   Of course,  that’s when they aren’t blaming FOX News and admonishing we lesser mortals to stop our  heated rhetoric.  Speaker Boehner’s  remarks are once again graceful and appropriate,  even before any comparison with the strident accusations of the Left.

Byron York  compares reporting on this incident versus Major Hassan at Fort Hood.   The  double standard for incitement is alive and very well.   This is how it looks to someone from across the pond.   Andrew Stuttaford has  an interesting  round-up.

Turn off FOX!

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Liberal activists now wants  FOX NEWS to not be on in public at businesses,  lest our little  brains be polluted with foul lies.   They claim that this isn’t censorship, which from a legal standpoint it isn’t — only the government censors.

What they want is censorship by intimidation.   I haven’t checked to see who’s behind the new group,  but Media Matters and George Soros have their sticky little tentacles into everything else,  so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is yet another.   We do know that MoveOn.org  is promoting the scheme,  which suggests I’m correct.

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August 31, 2010 at 8:15 am