One question has tugged at my professional conscience throughout the year-long congressional debate over health-care reform, and it has nothing to do with the public option, portability or medical malpractice. It is this: Why haven't America's old-school news organizations blown the whistle on Roger Ailes, chief of Fox News, for using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration -- a campaign without precedent in our modern political history?
Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and its cadre of raucous commentators, Ailes has overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II. Yet, many members of my profession seem to stand by in silence as Ailes tears up the rulebook that served this country well as we covered the major stories of the past three generations, from the civil rights revolution to Watergate to the Wall Street scandals. This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue. It is a matter of Fox turning reality on its head with, among other tactics, its endless repetition of its uber-lie: "The American people do not want health-care reform."
It is true that, after 14 months of Fox's relentless pounding of President Obama's idea of sweeping reform, the latest Gallup poll shows opinion running 48 to 45 percent against the current legislation.
Howell, I must say you have quite a huge respect for Fox's powers of persuasion. If only it were that simple. But if it's true then how come you poor bastards at the New York Times, WaPo, NBC, CBS, et al, who far outnumber Fox, are unable to persuade people in the other direction? You must be really lame.
I suspect the true reason that most people don't want this 'sweeping reform' is because they realize that government control over any sector of the economy is likely to result in disaster. Our federal government has proven itself many times to be incompetent at virtually everything it does.
For the first time since the yellow journalism of a century ago, the United States has a major news organization devoted to the promotion of one political party.
Howell, please spare us. Even if it is true that Fox is biased in favor of the Republicans, it is a small thing compared with the massive bias in favor of the Democrats on the part of the New York Times and your fellow 'mainstreamers'. No one is stupid enough to believe the utter crap you are spewing.