How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

This is worth a read, if for no other reason than the light it shines on the emphasis Fox “News” places on fear-mongering and reciting whatever talking points its management gets from the GOP.

Here’s a very small snippet from the article:

Fear, in fact, is precisely what Ailes is selling: His network has relentlessly hyped phantom menaces like the planned “terror mosque” near Ground Zero, inspiring Florida pastor Terry Jones to torch the Koran. Privately, Murdoch is as impressed by Ailes’ business savvy as he is dismissive of his extremist politics. “You know Roger is crazy,” Murdoch recently told a colleague, shaking his head in disbelief. “He really believes that stuff.”

It’s saying something when Rupert Murdoch thinks you’re crazy.

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8 thoughts on “How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

  1. Please provide just an iota of proof showing the Republican Party has ever provided Fox News with a talking point.

    1. Here’s an iota (emphasis mine).

      In purporting to “take a look back” at how the economic recovery plan “grew, and grew, and grew,” Fox News’ Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods — all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

      1. Zach
        Sorry about getting the writer wrong.

        Your statement implies to me and I took it to mean that only Fox News receives the talking points. If one considers a press release to be a talking point then every network, newspaper, magazine, etc. at some point recites talking points from the GOP, Democratic Party, White House, Congress, Governor, Mayor, or whatever. If one works with that definition my question is a moot point.

        The Republican Party provided anyone and everyone with talking points (information) and Fox News chose to use some or all of it. There’s nothing sinister to that unless you disagree with the content. Sort of like me watching MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS , or CBS.

  2. Provide an answer for my question. You made the statement in your opening sentence. But we all really know the answer. You can’t provide proof so you change the subject.

    1. Just so we’re clear – since you seem to be confused – Jeff didn’t write this entry; I did.

  3. I think it’s probably a reciprocal relationship Jeff. It’s just a matter of who comes up with the best batch of batshit crazy on that particular day.

  4. It’s a shame there are those who feel the need to use profanity on this site to make their point(s).

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