"Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, on Monday embraced the idea of a more civil public discourse in the wake of the shootings in Arizona.
#tone it down
#both sides do it
“I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually,” Mr. Ailes said. “You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that."
#public policy polling
#network tv news
Trust in Fox News plummets:
Public Policy Polling: Our Second Annual TV News Trust Poll
-A year ago a plurality of Americans said they trusted Fox News. Now a plurality of them don’t. Conservatives haven’t moved all that much- 75% said they trusted it last year and 72% still do this time around. But moderates and liberals have both had a strong increase in their level of distrust for the network- a 12 point gain from 48% to 60% for moderates and a 16 point gain from 66% to 82% for liberals. Voters between left and center tend to be more trusting of the media across the board, which is why a fair number of them were still rating Fox favorably even a year ago at this time. But it looks like with a lot of those folks it has finally crossed the line to being too political to trust.
-All three of the traditional major networks- NBC, CBS, and ABC- have seen an increase in their trust levels over the last year. NBC continues to be the most trusted of the trio, breaking even this year at 41% who trust it and 41% who don’t. It may be MSNBC’s liberal tilt that vaults its parent network to the top overall.
#Rep. Steve Cohen
FOX NEWS’ MEGYN KELLY CLAIMED LAST WEEK that her network doesn’t use Nazi references, like Rep. Steve Cohen (D) did when he compared the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels during a debate on health care.
In an interview with Kelly, Democratic strategist Richard Socarides pointed out that Cohen wasn’t the only one to invoke Nazis. “If we want to get into who is heating this and overheating this, I mean every night on the very network we’re on right now, the leading commentators on this network use this kind of language,” he explained.
Kelly responded, “That’s not true, Richard. I don’t know if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day, and you’re wrong.”
Stewart noted, “Megyn, I watch it every day, too. 12 long years. I think he might be right.”
…and what follows is clip after clip after clip, proving Kelly wrong:
Obama Hate Machine Exploits Egyptian Crisis | David Corn →
#obama hate machine
The Egyptian crisis is far from over; Obama and his team can hardly be fully judged. But to date, they have represented the United States well. In fact, Republican leaders in Congress have not been complaining. Yet the Obama Hate Machine has seized on the Egyptian uprising as another opportunity to slam the president. Conservative columnist Dick Morris, who once upon a time was a consultant to President Bill Clinton, hammered Obama for failing to stand with Mubarak against Islamic “extremists” trying “to take over the country.” Fox News contributor Ralph Peters blasted Obama for not sufficiently supporting the Egyptian protesters. The right-wing Washington Times editorial page slammed Obama for having “abrogated any leadership role in resolving the turmoil in Egypt,” noting, “When the time calls for action, Mr. Obama sits on his hands.” The newspaper suggested that Obama’s moves would lead to al-Qaeda taking over Egypt. Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com published a posting by Wayne Allyn Root, a leading libertarian, that predicted that the United States would soon be hit by Egyptian-style “riots, revolt in the streets, and economic paralysis” and that Obama “might turn out to be just as intolerant to dissent as Mubarak.”
Then there’s Glenn Beck. In his own bizarro fashion, Beck tied the rebellion in Egypt to radical forces in the United States and elsewhere that are scheming the demise of the United States:
"We have evidence of the uber-left, the anarchists and the communists and the socialists, the radicals, sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt. All they want is more pressure on the United States. This isn’t about the people there. This is about changing the globe… . The storm that I’ve talked about for so many years is here. The coming insurrection is here."
Who’s going to believe this crap from the Hate Machine? Our parents, the ones who are an average age of 65 and watch Fox News 24/7 — and especially watch Glenn Beck.
10 reasons Fox News doesn’t really care about the Egypt story: →
Read the explanations for each reason — they’re very good! Like #3 below:
1. It’s a foreign affairs story, not a domestic politics one.
2. Obama can’t be blamed. Well, not in any kind of coherent way.
3. It’s not a hate-based story that divides Americans. So far, the uplifting tale about how the Egyptian people are altering the course of their history doesn’t really have a villain who Fox News can demonize state-side. Sure, President Hosni Mubarak is starring as the out-of-touch autocratic leader who is being forced from office. But Fox News really prefers stories that pit entire segments of the U.S. population against each other and where paranoia, as well as resentment, are allowed to fester and then be amplified. (Think: Terri Schiavo.)
4. It took Fox News a long time to find a boogeyman.
5. There are no bombs going off in the street of Cairo.
6. Egypt today can’t be explained by retired generals or terrorism experts.
7. It exposes Glenn Beck as being even more insane than people already thought he was.
8. Fox News producers don’t know any prominent Arabs or Muslims.
9. The GOP doesn’t seem to have a clearly defined position on the Egyptian revolution, nor is it passionate about the turmoil.
10. It’s an actual news story.
I’d add one more, maybe the biggest reason of all:
11. Greta and Sean can’t comfortably work Sarah Palin into this story on their shows (nor can Palin see Egypt from her porch).
"Today, (hat tip/Ben Smith), we have Bill Kristol sticking with the demonstrators and calling out free-range lunatic Glenn Beck, for his hilarious commie-muslim caliphate delusions. This is not unimportant. Kristol lies very close to the throbbing heart of the Fox News sensibility. And I’ve heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice. His ratings are dropping, too—which, in the end, is a good part of what this is all about. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a mirror-Olbermann situation soon."