Monday, May 30, 2011

New Rolling Stone article exposes Fox News/GOP puppet Master

Puppet Master Ailes controls Fox News & GOP

There's another must-read article about Roger Ailes and Fox News, this time from Rolling Stone. In an article called, How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory, writer Tim Dickinson destroys whatever credibility Ailes and Fox may have had left for their contention that they are a real news operation and not a GOP propaganda machine.

 In a sea of fascinating details about Ailes' rise as a political operative, using tactics that foreshadowed maneuvers at Fox, this line stands out: “The question is no longer whether Fox News is an arm of the GOP,” says (Eric) Burns, the network’s former media critic, “but whether it’s becoming the torso instead.” The answer very much appears to be yes. Dickinson later adds, “The only thing that remains to be seen is whether Ailes can have it both ways: reaching his goal of $1 billion in annual profits while simultaneously dethroning Obama with one of his candidate-­employees.

Either way, he has put the Republican Party on his payroll and forced it to remake itself around his image. Ailes is the Chairman, and the conservative movement now reports to him.” There are also some juicy tidbits about Ailes' paranoia and Islamophobia.

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