Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:09 PM
DonViejo (5,899 posts)
When will Ailes rein in O’Reilly?
Roger Ailes put Karl Rove on a short leash after his election night meltdown, but lets Bill lie about Ann Coulter
BY JOAN WALSH
I wrote earlier today about Fox boss Roger Ailes’ humiliation of longtime “contributor” Karl Rove. After Rove’s embarrassing meltdown on election night, when he tried to stop Fox from calling Ohio for President Obama, Ailes told his staff that any booker who wanted to use Rove had to get permission from a higher-up. Ailes apparently woke up and realized that peddling his audience self-soothing falsehoods is probably not the way to build a GOP majority coalition in this country any time soon. And it might even be bad for business, too.
But what about Bill O’Reilly? He had his own meltdown on election night, blaming Obama’s reelection on the disappearance of “traditional America” and “the white establishment.” A few days later he began an ongoing jihad against “secular progressives” and the “far left” that was as fact-free as it was vicious. I wrote at the time that O’Reilly seemed to be going the way of Glenn Beck, who lost his Fox show after his paranoia and anti-Obama vitriol became too much even for Ailes.
This week he went so far as to lie about his fellow entertainer Ann Coulter’s travails at Fordham University. In a bilious segment he claimed Fordham “banned” Coulter, when in fact the university’s student Republicans rescinded her invitation. While university president Father Joseph McShane indeed had criticized the invitation, he was firmly on record defending her right to speak and opposing any effort to “ban” her, despite outrage among campus liberals.
There’s evidence that someone at Fox News knows O’Reilly lied about Fordham. On O’Reilly’s personal website, where you can pay extra money for a dollop of extra bullshit with a “premium” membership, the headline on the Fordham hit piece says, “Fordham University bans Ann Coulter: Jesse Watters investigates why the conservative commentator was barred from speaking on campus.” But on the official Fox News site, the very same video bears the headline “Fordham University snubs Ann Coulter: Jesse Watters investigates why college cancelled conservative commentator.” Of course “snubs” and “cancelled” are more accurate than “banned” or “barred.” Somebody at Fox knows the difference.
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When will Ailes rein in O’Reilly? (Original post)
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:24 PM
libdem4life (3,198 posts)
2. When everybody who hates or even disagrees with Fox News stops watching it and reporting on it?
Every time someone tunes in to Fox News Channel, it is money in the advertiser's/broadcaster's pocket...whether agreeing or screaming at the TV set. The Buck stops with the consumer/viewer/listener.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:48 PM
ROBROX (392 posts)
4. The utilization of words to prove the GOp perspective.
During the past few years the GOP tries to become intellectual with their GOP listeners. This makes things which should could be simple complicated and WRONG.
The political party which confuses and lies is ready for the history books. This minority party is ready for the grave yard of political groups which have run out of favor with their dieing public.
LET US NOT REGRESS TO THE AGE OF SPUTNIK