The Washington Post’s smear of Fox News


Fox News, of which WCBM-Baltimore (where I am a talk-show host) is a proud affiliate, was in the headlines of the Washington Post as follows:

“Fox News: Unfair, unbalanced, unchecked”

Under this defamatory headline was the following lead, all in large type:

“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 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 modern political history?

“Through the 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 rule book 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.'”

And, ladies and gentleman, who is the author of this incredible attack on Fox News?

The Washington Post identifies him only as follows:

“Howell Raines is a former executive editor of the New York Times and the author of ‘The One That Got Away: A Memoir.'”

Nearly seven years ago, the New York Times reported on June 5, 2003:

“Howell Raines and Gerald M. Boyd, the top-ranking editors of the New York Times, resigned yesterday morning, five weeks after the resignation of a reporter set off a chain of events that exposed fissures in the management and morale of the newsroom.

Read More: By Les Kinsolving, WorldNetDaily


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