The funnier one came from Rolling Stone magazine, which ran the title "How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory." How little does this rag understand good journalism? It took only a few lines before staff writer/fantasist Tim Dickinson fell on his face. After painting a picture of employees loyally cheering the boss at a holiday party, Dickinson entertained comparisons to ... Mao Zedong.
"It was as though we were looking at Mao," said disgruntled ex-employee Charlie Reina. "It's like the Soviet Union or China: People are always looking over their shoulders," added "a former executive" with News Corporation. Dickinson also said Ailes runs "the most formidable propaganda machine ever seen outside the communist bloc."
Put aside that Ailes isn't responsible for 70 million deaths and mass cannibalism, and that his politics are essentially the philosophical opposite of communism -- and OK, he's Mao.
More journalistic idiocy: Rolling Stone vaguely reported this Chairman Roger holiday party took place the year Fox overtook CNN in the cable ratings. That would be ... 2002. A nine-year-old useless anecdote isn't "news" -- unless you're Rolling Stone and need to discuss journalism.
Like every other leftist rag, Rolling Stone asserted Ailes wasn't running a news network, but a permanent campaign.
"The network, at its core, is a giant soundstage created to mimic the look and feel of a news operation, cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism."
It's amusing to see a magazine express tender concern about the state of journalism while its cover story is "Monster Goddess: A Wild Week with Lady Gaga," with Gaga in a black lace bra on the cover.
So let's ask if Rolling Stone has the sense of fairness and balance that allows it to denounce Fox News as too political. This is the same magazine that ran two worshipful Obama covers recently, one without any words and the other with a worshipful, glowing aura around Barack (could we reverse the Mao analogies, anyone?).
In the summer of 2008, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner ended an interview with Obama -- whose campaign he financially supported -- by saying, "Good luck. We are following you daily with great hope and admiration."
Fox News being criticized by Rolling Stone is a little like being mocked as unserious journalists by Tiger Beat.