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March 15, 2010

Lib: Why don’t honest journalists take on Fox News?

Area man unhappy about Fox News

Howell Raines, Elite Media maven and former editor of the New York Times, accuses Fox News of yellow journalism and wonders why “honest” journalists don’t set out to destroy Fox News as the government recently tried and failed to do.

One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice. It is this:  Why haven’t America’s old-school news organizations blown the whistle on Roger Ailes, chief of Fox News, for using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration — a campaign without precedent in our modern political history?

Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and its cadre of raucous commentators, Ailes has overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II. Yet, many members of my profession seem to stand by in silence as Ailes tears up the rulebook that served this country well as we covered the major stories of the past three generations, from the civil rights revolution to Watergate to the Wall Street scandals. This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue. It is a matter of Fox turning reality on its head with, among other tactics, its endless repetition of its uber-lie: “The American people do not want health-care reform.” Fox repeats this as gospel. But as a matter of historical context, usually in short supply on Fox News, this assertion ranks somewhere between debatable and untrue.

The rest, here.

Really, Mr. Raines?  Fox News’ opposition to the current administration is “without precedent in modern history”?  Does the MSM’s open war on Bush the last eight years not ring a bell?  Does that not count as modern history?  Tell you what, I’ll let Fox News defend itself.  Their response is so comprehensive, so all-embracing, so thoroughly on point that CCHQ is left with nothing more to add:

Bernie Goldberg:  “He [Howell Raines] could have saved the mainstream media.”


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