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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is gone…

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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is dead at the age of 77, the network confirmed on Thursday.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many,” Elizabeth Ailes, Ailes’ wife, said in a statement that was first reported by Drudge Report and then read on air by Fox.

Ailes resigned from Fox News in July 2016 after he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment….

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Looking at a day with Fox News…..

The NY Times takes a 18 hour look at the Fox News Network, which has been ever more popular in Donald Trump ‘s America….

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“I know maybe the president is watching.”

So said Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox and Friends,” on Thursday morning’s show. It was no mere boast, since President Trump has publicly stated his affection for the show and for Fox News, the channel on which it airs. If Mr. Trump was indeed tuning in, he was far from alone. Fox News has been the most watched cable news network for 15 years, but depending on the hour, the news narrative it presents to its large and loyal conservative audience can sharply diverge from what consumers of other media outlets may be seeing.

We watched Fox News from 6 a.m. until midnight on Thursday to see how its coverage varied from that of its rivals on a day when cable news was dominated by the health care debate in Congress, the terrorist attack in London and the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

One notable way Fox News stood apart from its competition, as it has been known to do for years, was in the stories it chose to highlight and the tone — in some of its opinion shows, unapologetically supportive of Mr. Trump and his agenda — with which it covered them.

There was extensive coverage of the health care vote, for example, but there was also considerable time given to topics, like a rape case in Maryland, that viewers would not have heard about if they had turned to CNN or MSNBC. The rape case, which involved an undocumented immigrant and went virtually uncovered on most networks, received almost hourly updates on Fox, and at times was used as proof that Mr. Trump’s calls for tighter borders and a crackdown on immigration were justified.

During coverage of the London terrorist attack, in a break from the rather muted coverage on CNN, “Fox and Friends” veered into discussing the faith of the “Muslim mayor” of London. A morning news show noted that most British police officers did not carry guns (a fact that a guest labeled “lunacy”) and considered how the attack represented the broader terrorist threat.

And while other networks were devoting time to the apology made by Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House committee investigating Russian interference in the election, for not sharing information about intelligence with the committee’s top Democrat before giving it to Mr. Trump, Fox was touting a report about “potential” evidence that Mr. Trump’s team may indeed have been surveilled by the Obama administration. It was presented as vindication of Mr. Trump’s earlier assertions that his phones had been wiretapped.

Still, while people who do not watch Fox News may think it presents a uniform voice from morning to night, the network’s content varies plenty. It offers a heavy dose of opinionated fare — “Fox and Friends” and its entire prime-time lineup — and has something closer to a more traditional news format for much of the afternoon. And just like any cable news network, when news breaks, it can find itself scrambling.

With all that in mind, if you weren’t watching Fox News on Thursday, this is how the news played out through its distinctive lens…..

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Trump rolls out Sarah Palin……Sluggin it out before Iowa

It seems like ‘The Donald’ Trump is doing a McCain…..

John McCain reached back for Sarah Palin back in 2008 to try to get a leg up in his race for President….

She bought a mass media bounce for him….

It did not last…..

Trump….Trailing Ted Cruz in Iowa and worried that a loss there could start him him off behind, has brought in Palin , it seems to get a McCain media bounce to co-op any Ted Cruz media….

Cruz has had a movement of Republican Conservatives media types coming to support his candidacy ……

The escalating feud between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has expanded into a fight for the backing of the GOP’s anti-establishment establishment, with both seeking validation from figures with immense influence on the right.

Trump unfurled a highly anticipated endorsement from former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin while campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday, giving him a jolt among the party’s restless base. Palin’s endorsement came a day after Trump received the effusive praise of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., whose views could help Trump among religious voters.

But other conservative voices, many of whom had cheered Trump in recent months, have rallied to Cruz’s side. On talk radio, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck have fumed over Trump’s recent questions about Cruz’s Canadian birth. In Cruz, they see a movement leader who champions their values, whereas they say Trump is an interloper who lacks an ideological core.

The frenzied courting of conservatives is testament to their power in shaping a contest that is being dominated by two Washington outsiders. Neither has won the backing of a single governor or senator — and it’s unclear that either man even wants to. In this race, it is the media titans, personalities and activists who have long stood on the GOP’s fringe who now have all the cachet….

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“How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.”…Study..

The Atlantic takes a look at the study by Bruce Bartlett…..

The guy is from the Republican Universe and he presents the line that Fox News is actually BAD for Republicans….

Yup….

BAD….

The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms from those of, say, the BBC is familiar. But this presentation is notable for two reasons.

The first is its source—for those who don’t know, Barlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations and was an influential early proponent of supply-side / tax-cut economics. He also worked for Ron Paul. Since then he’s harshly criticized the Bush-43 administration, but in no sense does he come at this as a Democratic party operative.

The second and more important reason is Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves…

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A History of the Conservative war against liberal media…

It didn’t just start with Fox News folks…..

In his new book The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a great-and-powerful Oz who has remade American politics and journalism. Sherman shows how Ailes transformed the Nixon Administration’s calls for balanced news into the platform of his cable channel, Fox News. Fox News, Sherman argues, used “entertainment techniques to shape a political narrative that was presented as unbiased news,” something that makes Ailes “a unique American auteur.”

Ailes is unique, but not for the reasons Sherman suggests. Ailes made conservative news popular and profitable, but he was not the first to mingle partisanship with news. The twinned concepts of balance and bias were not his legacy but his inheritance. Long before Fox News, before Ailes and Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, there was a conservative media complex in the United States refining a theory of liberal media bias. This idea trickled up to the Nixon Administration, and well before Ailes tried his hand at “fair and balanced” broadcasting, the major networks were already reorienting their news analysis toward ideological balance.

The idea of “fair and balanced” partisan media has its roots in the 1940s and 1950s. Human Events, the right-wing newsweekly founded in 1944, was dedicated to publishing the “facts” other outlets overlooked. Yet while touting this fact-based approach, the editors were also dedicated to promoting a distinct point of view. By the early 1960s, Human Events arrived at this formulation of its mission:

In reporting the news, Human Events is objective; it aims for accurate representation of the facts. But it is not impartial. It looks at events through eyes that are biased in favor of limited constitutional government, local self-government, private enterprise, and individual freedom.

In distinguishing between objectivity and impartiality, Human Events’ editors created a space where “bias” was an appropriate journalistic value, one that could work in tandem with objectivity……

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While MSNBC may go at things from the left…..

Fox and its right bend consistently leads in the Cable TV news ratings…..

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Limbaugh criticizes his parties people for NOT having Christie’s back…

I guess the embattled Republican Jersey Governor has at least One Conservative friend in the media , eh?

Rush Limbaugh says Republicans who don’t stand up for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are like wildebeests who take off when one of their own is under attack.

“Have any of the RINOs, the Republicans in name only, the moderate Republicans, have any Republican establishment types come out and said they support Christie? They haven’t,” Limbaugh saidThursday on his radio show. “This is the thing, folks. This is the the thing. Republicans, when any of them get in trouble, I mean, it’s like a bunch of wildebeests.”

Limbaugh went on with this take on Republicans: “When one of them gets in trouble, nobody steps up to defend ’em. They all stand aside and wait and see how it’s going to end up because they are afraid to get involved and be tarnished.”

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Kristol giving props to Obama…Talk and Politics

by mac @ Talk and Politics

Here’s from Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol today:

“If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.Bush was president during the financial meltdown. The Obama team has turned that around pretty wellBill Clinton’s speech at the convention was very important in that way,” he said. Romney “has go to make it a choice about the next four years and explain what obama would do that would be bad for the country and what he would do to be good.”

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