John Powers on The Newsroom:”The show’s so riddled with disapproval toward those who watch Fox News, read the tabloids or enjoy reality TV that it feeds the cliche of liberals as smug elitists who reflexively look down on anyone who doesn’t agree.”
To which I say, ‘So what?’ If conservatives can somehow make idiocy popular, maybe progressives should try to make intelligence superior. You know, like leaders and people with spines might.
Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a ‘fair and balanced’ counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the ‘prejudices of network news’ and deliver ‘pro-administration’ stories to heartland television viewers.
The memo—called, simply enough, ‘A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News’—is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations…