Monday, October 3, 2011

Without Beck, Fox is now more "moderate" but not much more honest

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After Glenn Beck announced that he was leaving Fox before the completion of his contract, it was speculated here that Roger Ailes pushed him off from the airwaves before he could damage the Republican chances of winning the White House by supporting some far right candidate such as Michele Bachmann. A recent article about Ailes by Howard Kurtz on The Daily Beast supports that perspective.  This piece was discussed on Countdown by Keith Olbermann and Markos Moulitsis, founder of the Daily Kos blog. Via Current TV:

From The Daily Beast piece written by Kurtz was this:

He calls it a “course correction,” quietly adopted at Fox over the last year. Glenn Beck’s inflammatory rhetoric—his ranting about Obama being a racist—“became a bit of a branding issue for us” before the hot-button host left in July, Ailes says...Privately, Fox executives say the entire network took a hard right turn after Obama’s election, but, as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, is edging back toward the mainstream.
It's worth reading that whole piece that Olbermann and Moulitis are discussing. It is puzzling to see that it was penned by someone deemed to be a "media critic." For example, the piece ends, " In some ways, Fox is still Fox;" but he does not spell out exactly what that means. Fox may be more "moderate" now that Beck is off their channel, but it is still deceitful. It is still propaganda for conservatives and (perhaps slightly less now) reactionaries in the Tea Party portion of the Republican Party.

Headshot of Howard Kurtz

Roger Ailes photographed at the Fox News Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2011., Jake Chessum for Newsweek


If you have ever wondered how Fox gets away with deceiving their viewers with misinformation and false claims, it is explained in one of the essays comprising Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" -- and How You Can Fight Back, published on TruthoutThom Hartmann addresses Fox "News" '  "right" to lie to their viewing audience.

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