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Ailes Inadvertenly Confirms He Manipulates News To Suit His Agenda

Reported by Ellen - June 6, 2011 -

Fox News head Roger Ailes was interviewed by Howard Kurtz in response to two very lengthy and damning magazine articles about how he uses Fox News as a propaganda arm of the GOP. Rather than address the most damning elements of the pieces - how Ailes' GOP party instincts are in conflict with a news network and vice versa - Kurtz pretty much let Ailes respond unchallenged to some of the allegations - even when Ailes' response seemed to confirm them.

In his Daily Beast column, Kurtz says early on that "part of his genius is that when he faces hostile fire, Ailes can turn unexpectedly mellow, the better to make his critics look like the loony ones." The proof? That Ailes has some nice things to say about Democrats. For example, Ailes would be interested in hiring Hillary Clinton. So he'd like to hire Clinton. Does that balance out having Gingrich, Palin, Santorum, Huckabee and Bolton on the payroll? Furthermore, Ailes' reasoning is that she "looks unhappy at the State Department." Did Kurtz miss the implication that Ailes looks at her as a potential Obama critic?

But the most damning statement was made under cover of showing that he is not an enemy of Democrats. Kurtz reports:

As for Anthony Weiner, the Brooklyn Democrat being pilloried over an underwear photo mysteriously sent to a young woman from his Twitter account, Ailes told his newsroom to "move on" unless there were new developments. "The media's had enough giggles over Mr. Weiner and his name," Ailes says. "Sometimes the families take a bigger hit than the person that people are trying to destroy."

Wait a minute. Isn't Fox devoted to "fair and balanced" coverage and "we report, you decide?" Why, then, is Ailes telling his reporters to hold off for the sake of the family? Or because he disapproves of other media outlets? Shouldn't Ailes have said something like, "This isn't news, it's salaciousness" or even "This story has run its course?" Instead, Ailes made it clear his decision was made through the prism of his personal standards and tastes.

It's just a short leap from there to ex-GOP-operative Ailes telling his staff to give Palin a pass on her Paul Revere gaffe and other untruths because the media has already had enough giggles at her expense.

Sadly, Kurtz didn't seem to notice.

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