Friday, March 12, 2010

Howell Raines: Socialist Moonbat of the Week
We are well acquainted with Howell from his days as executive editor of the New York Times. He took a leftwing rag and turned it into the US version of Pravda.
Now we get to read Howell's opinion of Fox News' role in the debate over the Democrats' attempts at nationalizing the health care industry:

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."

You gotta love the sheer chutzpah of this guy. Fox News' propaganda campaign against the 0bama administration is 'without precedent in our modern political history'? And what of the propaganda campaigns that the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, and NBC conducted atgainst the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II administrations?
Howell claims Ailes has 'overturned standards of fairness and objectivity that have guided American print and broadcast journalists since World War II'. This has got me howling with laughter. Is there anything whatsoever fair or objective about the way the aforementioned 'mainstream' media have been reporting the news over the last several decades? The likes of Howell have reported nothing but news tinted by leftist bias. Virtually every one of their reporters and editors are Democrats.
'This is not a liberal-versus-conservative issue.' That's exactly what it is Howell. Your group have maintained a virtual monopoly over the news for years. But now, because of Fox News, talk radio, and the internet, that monopoly is rapidly dwindling. That's what you're so angry about. You and other members of the left CAN'T STAND IT when someone voices an opinion that disagrees with your own.
Some more gems from Howell:

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.

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