Friday, May 19, 2017

Slate: We Live in the World Roger Ailes Broke

Mod: Not everyone mourns the passing of Roger Ailes.

We Live in the World Roger Ailes Broke (Slate.com link): Roger Ailes, the former head of the Fox News Channel, passed away on Thursday at the age of 77. The news was announced via a statement from his wife, Elizabeth, who wrote that “his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions.” This is true. Ailes leaves behind one of the largest legacies of any media figure of the past century: He made our country nastier, stupider, cruder, and more bigoted. Even as the memory of Ailes the man fades, we will always be able to look back on what he built.

When Rupert Murdoch hired Ailes to create Fox News as an "alternative" to the mainstream media, Murdoch's intention was clear. He wanted to degrade American society in precisely the way he had degraded British society. And when degradation is your goal, there is no better hire than Roger Ailes. Ailes was a political aide turned television genius who emanated anger; his crucial insight was that there was a great amount of money to be made off the resentments of others. And the more you could stoke those resentments, the more money you would earn. At the same time, you could increase the net amount of resentment, and create a coarser society, all the better for your own pocketbook.

But Ailes was not some phony elitist playing a con on the rubes. No, he really loved degrading people, and he held the same resentments as the pathetic viewers whose worlds he manipulated. Indeed, one of the special things about Ailes was the depth of his hatred, and the broad-ranging reach of his racism. Some bigots confine their disgust to a single group, or religion; Ailes, however, was never so limited. Who did the man dislike? Muslims? Yep. Black Americans? Check. Jews? Uh-huh. Hispanics? Yes. Fox, under Ailes' leadership, became a leader in spewing all these different forms of bigotry. He was a visionary.

Ailes also took a special interest in the careers of much of the female talent at Fox News. His leadership style was to sexually harass female employees and ensure a grotesque environment at the network, which nicely mimicked the misogyny Fox watchers could see on their television screens every day. Elizabeth Ailes’ statement recalling the millions of lives her husband affected calls to mind Stalin’s line about one death being a tragedy, and millions of deaths being a mere statistic. Ailes’ family and friends should never forget that their beloved Roger ruined individual lives, too.

It is sometimes said during a period of mourning that we should focus on the life, rather than the death. Who could disagree in this case? There will be other Roger Ailes: men of low character and morals who don't care about the society they help destroy and the lives they help wreck, who don't give a second thought to the victims of their petty prejudices and vomit-inducing sexual desires. But by ensuring that his id was available on television every night for millions of viewers, Ailes helped elect a president remarkably similar to himself, thus permanently enshrining his legacy. Ailes may be resting in peace; the rest of us live in the decidedly nonpacific world he helped create.

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61 comments:

  1. Spread the word! His new nick-name is "President Snowflake".
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/van-jones-the-campaign-trails-trumpzilla-has-become-whiny-president-snowflake-in-the-white-house/

    “What’s interesting is a different Donald Trump,” said Van Jones. “When he ran, he was this tough guy. This guy’s gonna get things done, this great negotiator. He was Trumpzilla. He was going to make Washington bow down. He was gonna drain the swamp.”

    He continued, “Now he’s President Snowflake, okay? Everything he says is about, ‘Oh, they’re mean to me and they don’t like me and I just don’t understand it and it’s not fair.’ So, you have a big brand shift going on.”

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    1. Sorry, but this my last look at the Tattler. I guess Crawford has turned his blog into just another political rag. There are plenty of others like it. What about sticking to local issus. The original reason it has existed.
      Crawford, what has happened to you?
      Of course you can turn your blog into whatever you want, but I take my absent from this drivel. Ba-bye

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    2. You keep threatening to go away. Can you please make it for real this time?

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  2. The secret service detail has Donald J. Trump identification code word as "CHEETO" because of his orange hair, the Russians on the other hand have him listed as 'Agent Orange' in their code books.

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  3. I was in London when Margaret Thatcher died,they were dancing in the streets.

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  4. You have got to be kidding Tattler. I had thought you value truth. Can anyone imagine a world without Fox News. Half the country would have to rely on the mainstream media for their news. God help us if we didn't have Fox. Even after his death, you can't have the decency to stop this stuff. The alt left including the Tattler have truly become unhinged. I guess the motto for you guys is "by any means necessary". That includes committing lies, mayhem, shutting down speech at universities and trying to create a false narrative to impeach a President. I'm not sure I want you guys back in power.

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    1. Fox News isn't mainstream? What alternative universe did you emerge from?

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    2. Don't fret too much, 6:24. There is always Russia Today. Practically indistinguishable from FN.

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    3. Rachel Maddow Crushes Fox News As Viewers Stampede To MSNBC After GOP Health Care Fail
      http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/27/rachel-maddow-crushes-fox-news-viewers-stampede-msnbc-gop-health-care-fail.html

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    4. "The stones we walk on, paloma,
      will never know about our loving.
      Cucurrucucú, cucurrucucú,
      cucurrucucú, paloma, no crying".

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    5. I heard the exact same facts on NPR. Yup, I agree, he brought out the evil forces.

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    6. Bill O’Reilly is now doing Internet podcasts. There is justice.

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    7. ...another anonymous zealot defender of billionaire racist sex fiends.

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    8. You are thoroughly brainwashed... that's how terrorists are born

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    9. I think we need to have someone check on Roger one more time. Just to make sure.

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    10. 6:42-a little like Alinsky's play book.

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  5. Ailes was the absolute worst. That swamp thug goes all the way back to being one of Nixon's cronies. So thoroughly corrupt and disgusting.

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  6. Roger Ailes: "Why would anyone take the word of these women over mine?!"

    "A settlement is not an admission of guilt," he said. "I did nothing wrong — and I will be back."

    Guess not.

    In the end, Roger Ailes seemed deeply confused as to why most people believed he was a creep.

    The famously paranoid, 77-year-old media genius who had once advised President Nixon, offered pointers to President Trump and changed the face of television by creating Fox News Channel, was irritated the public and press seemed to be siding with a group of women accusing him of sexual harassment.

    "Why would anyone take the word of these women over mine?!" he lamented in a recent call that we had agreed would be off the record — unless, in an eerie bit of foreshadowing, he died.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/roger-ailes-innocent-mind-article-1.3176383

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  7. F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him — The F.B.I. warned a Republican congressman in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, officials said, an example of how aggressively Russian agents have tried to influence Washington politics.

    The congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of California, has been known for years as one of Moscow’s biggest defenders in Washington and as a vocal opponent of American economic sanctions against Russia. He claims to have lost a drunken arm-wrestling match with the current Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, in the 1990s. He is one of President Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill.

    As a newly appointed special counsel investigates connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, the warning to Mr. Rohrabacher shows that the F.B.I. has for years viewed Russian spies, sometimes posing as diplomats, as having a hand in Washington.

    Mr. Rohrabacher was drawn into the maelstrom this week when The Washington Post reported on an audio recording of Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader, saying last year, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Mr. McCarthy said on Wednesday that he had made a joke that landed poorly. But the F.B.I. has taken seriously the possibility that Russian spies would target American politicians. In a secure room at the Capitol, an F.B.I. agent told Mr. Rohrabacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an “agent of influence” — someone the Russian government might be able to use to steer Washington policy-making, former officials said.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/dana-rohrabacher-russia-spies.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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    1. So many corrupt elite republican traitors

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    2. Why do the Russians always target Republicans?

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    3. Could the fact that so many Republicans are closet gays have anything to do with it?

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  8. Awwww, the Tattler has an abundance of lemons today, "your" minions will work over time squeezing all those lemons, in order to quench your thirst.

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    1. Turning lemons into lemonade. We'll leave you the peels.

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    2. That's Tattler troll #1, the poor speller who supports racists and sexual predators.

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  9. Rep.Elijah Cummings (D-MD):Former FBI Director Robert Muller and the Russian investigation, will bring "normalcy" back to the Democratic party, and hold the tissue box while "we" wipe egg from our faces!

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    1. Do you have a cite for this? I checked and found nothing like that on the Internet.

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  10. I am never going to get it, how these most sexually unattractive men (Ailes, Trump, O’Reilly) con their own egos into thinking women really want to sleep with them. It’s the money, honey. Talk about needing a long, hot shower afterward to purge the ick factor for the women they come on to.

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    1. The old predatory casting couch- exploiting others lower in rank

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    2. Maybe you should question the women's motives. I know that isn't PC these days but unfortunately there are predatory women, too.

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    3. If that were true why would Fox pay so many tens of millions? Nice try, loser.

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  11. Degrading women is the ultimalte power play. I think they know they are sexually hideous and when they get women to give them any small amount of recognition they go berserk. Lots of repression and self hatred here. How does Ailes have an attractive wife a couple decades his junior go to such lenghts to defend him.

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    1. Unattractive older men need a captive audience. They turn the workplace into prisons for their female counterparts.

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  12. To creep at 6:24

    Fox News boots Bob Beckel again — this time over ‘racially insensitive remark’ to colleague

    Every week some slimeball gets sued or suspended from that network. It's an extremist propaganda machine selling fake news to suckers wrapped in a flag-printed diaper.

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  13. 7:50am. The Murdoch boys have damaged the FOX network, hope that Mr. O'Reilly will create a network that will once again be the number one, leading and balanced media.

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    1. You can always watch the reruns...
      It's all fiction anyway.

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    2. All about the Jonestown express! Next stop tardtown

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  14. O'Reilly is one of the worst with his unctuous pretense at intellect.

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    1. Fox fanatics won't understand the word 'unctuous'..

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  15. Lest alt righters whine about double standards, hopefully we can all agree that Weiner is now a convicted perve.

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    1. I hate ailes, and trump, and o'reilley, and b.clinton, and wiener, and the local kilt guy.

      Most everyone else I like

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    2. "I hate you,I loathe you,I despise you".

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  16. If you like it or not, it is my opinion that Obama and hi head federal officials will be repremanded prior to Trump's term ending!get over it, Trump is our commander and chief!

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    1. Keep wishing for that repremand, whatever that means even if spelled correctly.

      And he is only commander in chief (for now) of military forces, not of everyone, fool.

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  17. Weiner, Weiner...
    Oh, how the Dems love their "Weiner".

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    1. No 'Dems' love Weiner... not even Hilary's top aide. He's a loser. So are you for making such a weak play.

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    2. Weiner is clearly mentally ill, and I think any Democrat would tell you that. Republicans aren't so good at recognizing mental illness in their midst, are they?

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    3. Weiner took dick selfies. Trump grabbed pussies.

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  18. UM not yet read the article not just the headline.
    "He entered his plea earlier in the day at a Manhattan court and was released on bail, pending sentencing on 8 September".

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    1. Weiner is a creep for sure. But he isn't a traitor like Trump.

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    2. He's a traitor to his wife and for lying to the public. Just like Bill Clinton and Trump

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  19. So The Moderator of the Sierra Madre Tattler is a raging left wing misanthrope who publicly pisses on an elderly deceased man before he's even been buried.
    Barack Hussein Obama didn't even speak so harshly of Fidel Castro after he died --- and that Castro guy had thousands of people killed!
    But as Our Moderator knows, there's nothing as threatening to the left wing orthodoxy as Fox News Channel.
    There's a reason that the Nazis burned books; it's the same reason that Berkeley students shut down lectures given by conservatives. And it's the same reason that Our Moderator goes to bed angry every night ... none of them can tolerate differing view points.

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    1. Is Roger still dead? Did he roll back the stone?

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    2. Wait Fidel is dead??

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    3. 4:57 is so deep in delusion there may be no coming back from it.

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    4. I think 4:57 might be a snowflake.

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    5. Kid, you are way cray...

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    6. Does one have to be urinating raging left wing misanthrope to be appalled by this:

      Fox News Has Now Paid $45 Million For Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Settlements
      The network's parent company spent $10 million in the first three months of 2017 alone.

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    7. 4:51 is one of those snowflakes that always say they are going to quit, but just keeps coming back.

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    8. Ideologues can't handle the truth.

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