Monday, May 30, 2011

Tim Dickinson: "How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory" @ Rolling Stone

The True Believers Are the Dangerous Ones Running Kansas

If anybody out there doubts the "fear" factor thrown at Fox News in this headline, examine the madness exhibited by those nearby in Kansas who watch the craziness on display 24/7/365.
Plenty of Kansans, indeed most, derive intense emotional satisfaction from the training received from Chairman Ailes' propaganda factory.

Indeed at the very top of the Kansas Fox News sock puppet pile is none other than:
Although there are signs, as this lengthy article details, that Ailes is on the way
out of Fox, the damage done, some might describe as pathological to the brains of Fox News audiences, the Republican Party lacks no demagogues to carry on the messages, especially in Kansas.

... The key to decoding Fox News isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. It isn’t even News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. To understand what drives Fox News, and what its true purpose is, you must first understand Chairman Ailes. “He is Fox News,” says Jane Hall, a decade-long Fox commentator who defected over Ailes’ embrace of the fear-mongering Glenn Beck. “It’s his vision. It’s a reflection of him.”
Ailes runs the most profitable – and therefore least accountable – head of the News Corp. hydra. Fox News reaped an estimated profit of $816 million last year – nearly a fifth of Murdoch’s global haul. The cable channel’s earnings rivaled those of News Corp.’s entire film division, which includes 20th Century Fox, and helped offset a slump at Murdoch’s beloved newspapers unit, which took a $3 billion write-down after acquiring The Wall Street Journal. With its bare-bones news­gathering operation – Fox News has one-third the staff and 30 fewer bureaus than CNN – Ailes generates profit margins above 50 percent. Nearly half comes from advertising, and the rest is dues from cable companies. Fox News now reaches 100 million households, attracting more viewers than all other cable-news outlets combined, and Ailes aims for his network to “throw off a billion in profits.” ...
The complete article, including revelations about Ailes incredible paranoia, is at

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