Brent Bozell

The other anti-Ailes story came from New York magazine. The cover read "Fox News made a circus out of the Republican Party. And boy, does Roger Ailes regret it now."

Reporter Gabriel Sherman blamed Fox for ruining the GOP primary field: "So it must have been disturbing to Ailes when the wheels started to come off Fox's presidential-circus caravan. ... All he had to do was watch Fox's May 5 debate in South Carolina to see what a mess the field was -- a mess partly created by the loudmouths he'd given airtime to and a tea party he'd nurtured."

So in two sentences, it's established as empirical truth that a) the GOP will not capture the White House in 2012 because b) its candidates are disasters because c) Fox created them because d) Ailes wants to control the world (or something like that). Two sentences.

The hot quote in the Sherman story was someone claiming Ailes thought Sarah Palin is an "idiot." Here we go with those anonymous sources again. Ailes is trashed by "a person close to Ailes," "another Republican close to Ailes," "a GOPer who knows Ailes well," "a person familiar with his thinking" and "a former Fox executive." These sources could all be the same individual, for all the reader knows. Or the author. Or nobody. (Ask Jayson Blair or Janet Cooke how this works.)

Ailes is not the "head of the Republican Party," as these writers claim. One can question Ailes for hiring a pile of potential presidential candidates as on-air analysts. But it's downright bizarre that liberal reporters would pretend that Fox is glaringly unique with Clinton press secretary George Stephanopoulos anchoring at ABC, Eliot Spitzer anchoring at CNN and Jay Carney moving effortlessly from Time magazine to the Obama-Biden press operation.

Since when has there not been a transparently partisan liberal media elite much larger and more numerous than Fox, "cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism"? Did we just imagine all the "historic" promotional hot air and leg-thrill orations that inflated Obama's balloon in 2008?

The major named sources in Sherman's story were Obama spinners David Axelrod and Anita Dunn. She insisted Ailes is "great at making the mainstream press feel guilty about their liberal bias." OK, so they got one thing right.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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