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The putative flagship of liberal media The New York Times, always seems curiously  happy to plant big wet kisses on the anus of a brownshirt, and today they reach new depths of French dipping with the biggest asshole of them all, Fox News chief Roger Ailes.  Talk about stenography! – the whole thing reads like Ailes himself dictated it.whole thing

We get a thumbnail biography of Ailes, that makes him sound like a gem-quality paragon of Regular Americanism. Among the gems this:

Mr. Ailes, the son of a foreman at the Packard Electric plant in Warren, Ohio, described his upbringing with three words: "God, country, family" and said that credo was responsible for the success of Fox News.

"I built this channel from my life experience," Mr. Ailes, 69, said. "My first qualification is I didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School. There are no parties in this town that I want to go to."

The "life experience" Ailes refers to includes being recruited from the Mike Douglas show by the nauseating and despicable Richard Nixon to airbrush the Mark of Satan from Tricky Dick’s media persona, catapulting the rise of sociopathic politics in America.  This was a trend that went on throughout Ailes overtly political career, culminating with the gutterball campaign he and Lee Atwater ran for Poppy Bush, the one that featured Willie Horton, the Revolving Door, and Poppy's carefully crafted lie to Dan Rather and the country about his involvement in the felonies and treasons of Iran/Contra.

After he left politics, ostensibly, to go into journalism, ostensibly, Ailes was prime promoter of Whitewater bullshit, especially the paranoid theories about the "murder" of Vince Foster. Since then of course, he’s gone on to run the "Fair and Balanced" Fox news channel, issuing daily Republican talking points to his editors and on-air personalities and putting the some of the scummiest, most unethical irresponsible people in history before the cameras, including Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, Hume, and Glen Beck. No single person can be more responsible for the degradation of journalism and public discourse in America than Roger Ailes; he has undoubtedly done far more damage to the country than Al Qaeda and the Medellín Cartel combined, but you would not know it from the Times article.

To David Carr and Tim Arango apparently Ailes is just another feisty and mavericky "Conservative,"in their view just about equally likely to irk establishment Republicans and liberal Democrats.  The insufferable David Gergen does the money-shot fellating for them, "Regardless of whether you like what he is doing, Roger Ailes is one of the most creative talents of his generation. He has built a media empire that is capable of driving the conversation, and, at times, the political process."

True, the stenographers do include some vague criticism of Ailes in their profile, making sure it’s undermined by its source, e.g. "liberal members" of Ruper Murdoch’s family.  Thus they can  kiss up to their future boss, while also appearing "fair and balanced" themselves, further evidence, in itself, of Foxification at the Times and all mainstream media. But they make sure it’s very vague -- no mention of revolving doors, conspiracy theories, or a Federal judge’s threat to invalidate the trademark on Fox’s "Fair and Balanced" slogan – for  being laughably false.  The closest they come to real critique is a bit too eggheaded to draw blood, but still cogent analysis by Rick Perlstein:

"Like Richard Nixon, like Spiro Agnew, Fox News can never see itself as the attacker," he said. "They are always playing defense because they believe they are always under attack, which attracts people that have the same personality formation. By bringing that mind-set, plus the high energy seamless stream of the aggression of talk radio, he has found an audience."

But, speaking of laughably false – I had to love the one detail the Times stenographers put in so Ailes could wank to it later, his puerile paranoid fantasy of holding off the Evil-Doers from within the Wolverine’s free-market bunker/temple.

[It] was clear in the interview that the 9/11 attacks had a profound effect on Mr. Ailes. They convinced him that he and his network could be terrorist targets.

On the day of the attacks, Mr. Ailes asked his chief engineer the minimum number of workers needed to keep the channel on the air. The answer: 42. "I am one of them," he said. "I’ve got a bad leg, I’m a little overweight, so I can’t run fast, but I will fight.
"We had 3,000 dead people a couple miles from here. I knew that any communications company could be a target."

His movements now are shadowed by a phalanx of corporate-provided security.

That’s just too rich.  Let’s hope Roger gets an infarction when he creams over it.

Originally posted to Kalkaino on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM PST.

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  •  you havn't heard..... (3+ / 0-)
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    tomhodukavich, PinHole, VClib

    The Times is courting NewsCorp to purchase the newspaper, so the first thing they are doing is praising their new Executive Editor!
    Actually, I disagree with your critique.  The Times reported mostly facts, that Ailes philosophy is a financial winner, and as such he has power over his boss, Murdoch, and last year made more than he did.

    It is not the Times news section's job to say the obvious, that Fox News represents everything that their newspaper is against.  And the report of the hatred by the children of Rupert was included to show how Ailes does have serious opponents of all stripes.

    If anything, it proves that unlike certain News Channels, the N.Y. Times can actually be "fair and balanced."

    •  fig-leaf of critique (0+ / 0-)

      Read the story. It's a veritable Hymn to Roger Ailes: from blue-collar background to kingmaking tycoon, all on his bedrock "God, country, family" values. True, there is some tut-tutting by some eggheads and by the liberal and disinherited branches of the Murdock family, but there isn't one concrete example what gives Ailes critics misgivings. Concrete or specific examples, that would be  called "reportage". Quoting a few very vaporous objections from the subject's obvious natural enemies, that's called a fig leaf for your bias -- kind of like Fox's feeblest caveat in their mendacious daily slamming of some Democrat. So you're right, to precisely the degree that Ailes would wish it, the Times is being Foxlike here in its fairness and balance.

      •  Part of evaluation of any writing... (1+ / 0-)
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        is the nature of the audience.  If this were an article in USA Today, or Time Magazine, I could agree with you.  This is an audience of those who read the N.Y. Times. and basically share its values.  

        If they write an article about a minister of an evangelical Mega Church, they don't have to point out the narrowness of his message, it is understood by the readership.

        So, it is with this article.  

        Now I'm off to write a diary about their editorial page today.   Look for it and I welcome your critique.

  •  NYT/Ailes (0+ / 0-)

    I used that section of my Sunday NYT to line the garbage bag and to clean up after my neighbor's dog (crap)

  •  Sorry but my (3+ / 0-)
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    bwren, PinHole, Finck II

    reading of this article nailed the psychology of the O'Reilly/Beck/Hannity faithful.  Always under attack whether it's minorities taking their money, government confiscating their weapons, or secular humanists assaulting their religious beliefs.  Murdoch is a business man.  Money is his ideology.  Ailes convinced him that the money chute would open by offering a menu of mindless paranoid dreck from early morning until late at night.  Ailes, like O'Reilly, is a culture warrior and his war is against imagined (and real) challenges to white male control of this nation.  Murdoch can't argue with the resulting balance sheet contributions of Fox "News".  Ailes is a pig and the NYT made it clear.

  •  Yes, the victim/attack posture (0+ / 0-)

    was well pointed out. The article was thought to be a good one here. Ailes bodyguards now have a new individual to be on the look-out for.  

    Actually, given the photos accompanying the article, plus his age-69, Mr Ailes may find his demise coming from within, rather than without.  He may shortly find himself joining Rush in a hospital with chest pains.

    Although there certainly may be other factors at work with heart attack sufferers, it is interesting how some of the people who specialize in hate and meanness, have had heart/weight problems - Cheney, Rush, Rove, Atwater, etc. Again, this is not to say all people with weight problems are nasty.

    Even on a local scale, a woman who was controlling, selfish, lied, pulled dirty pool tricks, and was loathed, died last year at 58 from a heart attack. By the time he hit his 20's, her son couldn't stand her to the point that once out of the Army, he moved to the other end of the country.  She was skinny as a rail, and by her 50's, her face rivaled Cheney's for being an ugly countenance.    

    •'re dead wrong on Atwater. (0+ / 0-)

      Lee Atwater was a vain, slender pretty boy when he was running the Republican slander machine and creating the infamously racist Willie Horton campaign.

      Unfortunately for Mr. Atwater, he developed a malignant brain tumor. The high-dose steroids he was treated with to reduce brain swelling caused him to gain a lot of weight, which is frequently the case.

      •  Thanks for the medical update (0+ / 0-)

        abt Atwater.  However, I still think my main point is valid abt Ailes and some of the others, without being too picky.

        As I said, the weight & health problems do not always coincide, but often their nasty-ness and unhappiness shows up in other ways, esp in their expressions.  With plastic surgery, it is possible to forestall it somewhat.  YMMV

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