Update: I rushed to throw this up last night without paying proper attention to what I was doing. Consquently, I threw up a year old article thinking it was a new article. My mistake.
Roger Ailes, the man behind the curtain at Fox News Channel, says he was at a dinner party recently when one of the guests asked him, “Isn’t Fox News too conservative?”
“I said, ‘Are you comfortable with CNN?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ How about CBS, ABC, NBC? ‘Absolutely.’ What about The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times? ‘Fine.’ National Public Radio and PBS? ‘Very good.’ So I said, ‘But this little cable channel is making you crazy? If all the media tipped to the right, I’d probably be the biggest liberal. But you’ve got to have debate.’ ”
In just 10 years, Fox News — the channel liberals love to hate — has transformed the cable news landscape with its in-your-face brand of news with ‘tude. In the process, it has reduced granddaddy CNN to a distant second and NBC’s cable news venture, MSNBC, to an also-ran. Fox News’ combative Bill O’Reilly has become a household name, drawing more than 2 million viewers a night. Sean Hannity, Shepard Smith and Greta Van Susteren are cable news stars. On-air barbs by them and Fox News correspondents have ignited debates in journalism circles about whether objective news can stay relevant, particularly in an Internet era that gives ordinary Americans the power to vent about anything in blogs.