...The mainstream media lets them. Crooks and Liars found a perfect example of Fox News getting a pass on one of its more egregious lies: Roger Ailes told a whopper during a recent speech, saying that Fox News employs only one conservative vs. 24 liberals. But on CNN's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz somehow missed that - along with several other outrageous Ailes statements - in order to focus on a smear of the New York Times... which Kurtz noted, a Fox spokesman walked back for Ailes.
As Karoli at Crooks and Liars says,
So Howie, what about these things that Roger Ailes said in his Ohio speech? Are they over the top? Out in left field? Or are they what most of us would call "outright lies?" Why no mention of these?
Media Matters writes all of the primetime programming for MSNBC. All of it. That’s what a recently published book says.
MSNBC is out of the news business. Brian Williams, a sincere newsman, wouldn’t want to be caught dead over there.
I would love for the AP to go back to being a neutral news source. But it slants stories, slants headlines. It tips to the left.
The only difference between Fox talk shows and those on CNN or MSNBC is that Fox invites liberal voices to engage in dialogue.
If Kurtz wants to excuse or justify these comments by Ailes, that's one thing. But to pretend there's nothing remarkable there to talk about is exactly how Fox gets away with camouflaging itself as a mainstream news operation - the conservative version of CNN and/or MSNBC, if you will - when it is really first and foremost a political operation with an agenda it relentlessly pushes.
Video below via C&L.
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