By The Right Scoop


This is a very interesting article based on an interview with Roger Ailes and I highly recommend reading the entire article, of which there is much, much more at the Daily Beast:

DAILY BEAST – …He calls it a “course correction,” quietly adopted at Fox over the last year. Glenn Beck’s inflammatory rhetoric—his ranting about Obama being a racist—“became a bit of a branding issue for us” before the hot-button host left in July, Ailes says. So too did Sarah Palin’s being widely promoted as the GOP’s potential savior—in large measure through her lucrative platform at Fox. Privately, Fox executives say the entire network took a hard right turn after Obama’s election, but, as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, is edging back toward the mainstream.

While Fox reporters ply their trade under Ailes’s much-mocked “fair and balanced” banner, the opinion arm of the operation has been told to lower the temperature. After the Gabrielle Giffords shooting triggered a debate about feverish rhetoric, Ailes ordered his troops to tone things down. It was, in his view, a chance to boost profits by grabbing a more moderate audience.

His outsider self-image is ironic, considering that he’s been an establishment power broker for decades, burnishing the images of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Rudy Giuliani before launching Fox 15 years ago. Now he earns as much as $23 million a year, and Rupert Murdoch calls him almost every day, often to gossip about politics. (Ailes picks his battles; he avoided offering advice about the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.)

Fox, of course, still has its share of Obama bashers. Hannity’s show uses a logo that asks, “Can You Afford Four More?” Ailes calls him “predictable,” but Hannity says he’s not a party man: “I’m a registered conservative; I’m not a registered Republican.” O’Reilly, who chatted up Obama during this year’s Super Bowl, occasionally defends the president against harsh attacks. Ailes says O’Reilly has “moderated” his views and that “Beck scared him”—meaning Beck was so popular on the right that O’Reilly had to find a different niche.

For his part, O’Reilly says he supported most of George W. Bush’s policies and gave Obama’s economic plans a chance for 18 months—before opposing them as unworkable. “I took flak from the far right all day long. They attacked me viciously,” he says. He waves off any talk of moderation and insists he never worried about the now-departed Beck: “He’s a performer, I’m a journalist.”

(Ailes seems to relish the feuding among his stars, saying, “O’Reilly hates Sean and he hates Rush because they did better in radio than he did.”)

Ailes keeps a wary eye on anchor Shepard Smith, who occasionally backs aspects of the Obama record: “Every once in a while Shep Smith gets out there where the buses don’t run and we have a friendly talk.” And Ailes likes to tease O’Reilly: “You gonna suck up to Obama so you can get another interview at the next football game?” Democrats have noticed the change. Says former Obama aide Anita Dunn: “You have the sense that they’re trying to at least appear less of the hyper-partisan political network they had been.”

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  • Anonymous

    Well I guess we’ll see how the ratings do from here out. I’ve about quit watching them.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t let them get away with it. I email them and/or Twitter a message directly.

      We laid down and went to sleep once, never again.

      • Anonymous

        thank you, Winghunter. That’s probably the best thing. I just don’t watch it.

    • http://twitter.com/mimimayesTN Mimi Mayes

      Same here. I get so tired of, in the interest of being fair and balanced, they allow crackpots like Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel and many lesser knowns to spout their LIES without challenging them — I don’t need to hear such idiocy. The best part of the day is the top of the hour(s) on Fox and Friends where Doocy, Kilmeade and Carlson will flat out tell you what the latest horrific details of the Obama disaster are.

  • Anonymous

    Am I reading this wrong? Where is there a full-sentence, on-the-record quote of Ailes saying “course correction” as if it refers to the entire network?

    • Anonymous

      You’re right. They made that up out of whole cloth, as usual.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed, can you imagine how many innocent little polyesters had to lay down their lives for this? It’s disgusting.

        Say Foxes, if you want to head in the direction of MSNBC you’d best be prepared for MSNBC-level ratings.

        I’ve got two words for you folks: 1. Stooo 2. Pid.
        We have too many other alternatives. If it ain’t broke don’t “fix” it.

        Regarding Bill O’ as “a journalist” and Beck “a performer”. I’d like to see them both in a unicycle high wire competition….while a fat lady sings throughout the entire thing while looking Bill O’ “dead center”.

        • Anonymous

          Isn’t this what all hesitant, vacillating and self hating conservatives do? Fox is going to feed the soft pablum of equivocating mush to whom… for what? They are sure to court real conservative competition in the new media as new media snorts down the necks of all MSM media. Beck is the first high profile to use new media.

          FOX is beginning to look sadder and sadder. They should take lessons from Canada’s plucky little SUN Media who operate on a paltry $20M a year… and you know what they’ve done already? They’ve exposed two other major networks to being dupes of the Saudis. They are unrelenting in their exposing of Islam, they’ve started a national campaign which outed and captured foreign war criminals on Canadian soil, and have been responsible for the Canadian government sending illegal immigrants packing… and if that were not enough…(all within three and a half short months) they have forced the great Saudi Arabia to make a major policy shift to allow women to vote all because they exposed the Saudis abysmal record of human rights in an advertisement about ethical oil. It’s arguable that the Saudis will make good on “democracy” in a dictatorship… but that’s another argument for later.

          FOX is driving off the cliff with their food on the gas pedal of mediocrity. THEY WILL LOSE RATINGS in their campaign for MSM relevance.

          • Anonymous

            SUN media? Good for them. I will look them up.

            • Anonymous

              Check out both Michael Coren and Ezra Levant, they are both good. It is live on the internet.
              http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/watch-live.html

              • Anonymous

                I started taking interest in Ezra Levant when he and Mark Steyn exposed the human rights kangaroo courts. That guy (both of them actually) is seriously smart – if anyone hasnt seen it, look up the Ezra Levant vs Human Rights interviews. He tears them a new one!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s time to sign up for GBTV.

    • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

      I first started watching Glenn Beck on CNN. Absolutely haven’t a clue on HOW I ended up watching anything on CNN. He then moved over to Foxnews and I enjoyed watching him there too.

      I stopped watching Glenn Beck on Foxnews right after some of his sponsors dumped him. I stopped not because of his message but because of his preaching delivery. Gone was his discourse with learned guests and taking over for the idea sharing GB emerge Professor/Preacher Beck who kept me in a constant state of agitation.

      Still informative, perhaps more so than previous Glenn, but extremely angry. I like happy Glenn…the sky is falling Glenn, not so much.

      I visit his glennbeck.com site and do subscribe to GBTV and I watch his show when I’m in a happy place that I cannot be shaken from.

      No more steady diet of GB for me until he rediscovers happy Glenn.

      • Anonymous

        It is not easy to take as so many bad things are all happening at the same time…just like the left planned. But, we have to know what’s going on so we can prepare to some extend and possibly help others.

    • Anonymous

      I’m enjoying it – I’m learning quite a lot about you guys’ constitution and history. The sad thing is, I now probably know more about it then some of the Americans I deal with every day!

      • Anonymous

        Where are you from Marky?

        • Anonymous

          London originally, now living in Wales (sadly London is no place to bring up children now).

          • Anonymous

            What are conditions like for you in Wales? How is the economy? Jobs? Safety? Illegal Immigration? I think America should watch to see what happens in the UK because it will happen here soon.

            • Anonymous

              I moved to Wales specifically because my wife is Welsh but really we just had to get out of London. I think the event that triggered the sell up was when my wife was barred from attending a parents meeting because she was not a muslim. My daughter was the only non muslim in the nursery (kindergarten). At the same time I worked in an office in another part of London where I would reguarly hear gun shots from outside. It just became obvious that I couldn’t bring up children safely in the city that I can trace my family back over 200 years in and we would of happily moved out to just about anywhere.

              Regarding Wales, I love the Welsh people generally and we have some of the best scenery in the UK…. but the economy… jeez, 70% of Wales GDP is government spending. Wales is a socialist basket case living off handouts from the rest of the UK and every four years the population vote to keep it that way.

              • Anonymous

                I will pray for you,your family and the people of Wales. I hate to see a great city like London be destroyed. America needs to wake up and learn from the UK about the impact of massive legal and illegal migrations of people with foreign religions. Also, America is next in line for the wonderful (sarcastic) socialist system.

                How is your health care system? Are you able to use alternative modalities?

                • Anonymous

                  Thanks Grace – that really means something to me.

                  Regarding Health Care – it’s not terrible. I imagine you would only hear the horror stories and could get an exaggerated impression from those warning against state run healthcare. But that said, I would rather we had a system like the Germans (or your own in fact) with health insurance and choice of provider. Put it this way, I personally know two people that have had to be flown to the states to have operations that were not possible on the NHS. I’m not aware of anyone from the US ever being flown to the UK to have an operation on the NHS that couldn’t be done by a US private provider. Sort of says it all really.

                  The ridiculous thing is, everyone in the UK knows private is better – but no-one will admit it. Of the last 4 places I have worked, 3 of them gave me and my family private health care as one of the perks.

                • Anonymous

                  Hey Grace, following on from your question regarding healthcare yesterday, this is a report that came out just today:

                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15098114

                  I don’t think it mentions it in the online report but on the BBC Television News it stated that statistics show that you are 4 times more likely to die when undergoing surgery in the UK than in the US.

                  So much for state healthcare eh?

                • Anonymous

                  Thank You for the link, Marky.

                  I feel very badly for the legal citizens of the UK.

                  I am hoping we can nullify the unconstitutional health care mandate….

                  Elder: Supreme Court Might Kill ObamaCare Before Election — If Obama’s Lucky
                  http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/09/29/elder-supreme-court-might-kill-obamacare-before-election-if-obamas-lucky/?subscriber=1

                  I predict that if the Supreme Court doesn’t nullify the bill the states will break from the Union. Many of the states realize that the health care mandate is not about helping us but controlling us….

                  ObamaCare 101 Teaser: It’s about control, not health care.

                  ObamaCare 101: What the Healthcare Law Means to You Part 2 of 3

                  Elder: Supreme Court Might Kill ObamaCare Before Election — If Obama’s Lucky
                  http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/09/29/elder-supreme-court-might-kill-obamacare-before-election-if-obamas-lucky/?subscriber=1

                  Health Care Reform Bill is Eugenics and will rid the USA of poor people

                  Healthcare Policy EXPOSED!!!!!!!!! Obama Depopulation Policy!!!!!!!!!

                  Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points

                  Obama’s nazi health care exposed
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXDKZ8u89iI&feature=related

                • Anonymous

                  Thanks for all the links… wow, I got some watching to do :)

      • Anonymous

        What have you learned about Americans, Marky? smile

        • Anonymous

          I’ve learnt that I love you guys! :)

          Seriously, we talk about US and UK politics in work alot – and we have come to the conclusion that your system is just about as close to perfect as you can get. Open primaries is something the UK sorely needs and of course a constitution that limits government is nothing short of a stroke of genius.

          • Anonymous

            Thank You, Marky.

            I truly appreciate your comment. I have the deepest respect for the UK and your amazing history.

      • Anonymous

        Marky… I too am a Commonwealth brat rootin’ for Americans to remain American. Welcome.

    • http://www.solitudeholdings.com/blog1/ Dan C

      I wont watch that until Beck stops hiring perverted comedians to make sex jokes about Sarah Palin.

      • Anonymous

        What?????????

      • Anonymous

        I’m not really sold on B.S. of A yet. That floored me when I saw that. I kinda winced. But I’m NOT disappointed I signed up.

    • Anonymous

      I love GBTV, it seems one of the few places we can go to get the truth.

  • Anonymous

    “The Tea Party’s popularity is fading?” Hmmm, never got the memo. Ref: Herman Cain topping Zogby’s latest Pres poll… Whatever you have to tell yourself.

    • Anonymous

      The Tea Party is not fading. We just changed direction. You’ll see us as your precinct captains, on your school boards, serving on your city council, etc. And, we’re just getting started.

      • B-Funk

        I’m paraphrasing this quote as I saw it years ago, but Ghandi said something to the effect of: “First, the enemy will ignore you. Then, they will argue with you. Then, they will hate you. After that, you will win.” It’s very encouraging because they definitely hate us. Our peaceful revolution is succeeding!

      • Anonymous

        The Tea Party is growing stronger every day!

      • cabensg

        Your’re damned right!!!!!! and the ranks are growing daily.

  • Anonymous

    Why? There are twice as many cons as libs and growing fast. Be careful what you wish for, Ailes. We’ll abandon you just like we did the Communist News Network.

    BS

    • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

      That might be his business model BS. FoxNews was started when conservative politics wasn’t cool. Now that it is, he may be swinging his political pendulum to the left.

      Could it be that FoxNews was just being a contrarian?

      • Anonymous

        Another soros production, perhaps?

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget… Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal sits on the board of FOX with a 5% stake. Murdoch agreed to this for a part of the Mid East market… if this is still the case. The anti-Islam messaging of Beck had to be nipped in the bud… it’s the cost of doing business with the SAudis.

        • Anonymous

          Good point, las.

  • Anonymous

    who cares…dont watch fox anymore…radio/internet is enough for me.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a shame for Hannity and Bret Baier. They are patriotic Americans!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a run around to me. Hummmm… can you say intimidation from Holder?

  • Anonymous

    I read this article this morning, and when I finished I actually said out loud “yea, and so what?”
    (Grain of Salt Alert!) This article is written by Howard Kurtz.

  • Anonymous

    O’Reilly should have said ” Becks’ a performer and I’m a lily-livered wimp and an Obama butt kissing coward.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewkboyle andrew boyle

    The “course correction” is recovering from Beck leaving to go start his own network that I would wager will overtake FoxNews. Fox has done an admirable job competing within a dying system, but it will not last as the model of broadcast news is doomed.

  • Anonymous

    did any of you people actually believe the network was “fair and balanced”? They have been just to the right of the rest of the media. That still puts them far left of center.
    O’Reilly is ‘liberal’, Hannity’s heart is mostly in the right place but he’s confused and can’t string five words together without resorting to the list of bullet points in his hand, Beck is manic-depressive, Wallace is Wallace, Krystol is neo, … Show me one conservative in the bunch?

    • Anonymous

      Steve Hayes on Bret Bair??? I’m tryin’ here!

    • Anonymous

      Watch GBTV if you want to know what’s really going on….and you will see that Glenn Beck is a Conservative.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve listened to Beck on the radio for years. I don’t have time to watch much TV either free or paid, and I don’t have interest in yet another Beck TV show. I don’t need yet another voice of reason (even if there is one) because Rush is still right. And has been for my entire politically aware life. And yet here we are. Is it going to do anybody any good to find a real conservative capable of getting his message out with clarity to …an ever dwindling number of people who sit on their couches and wait for the end?

        Start with one simple thing. Get all these various groups together to do this one thing, and you will have my attention.

        REPEAL THE 17TH AMENDMENT.

        There is nothing going to go the right direction until that is done. Period.

        Then I’ll start caring what ANY politician has to say.

        • Anonymous

          I am also a Rush fan.

    • http://twitter.com/lovetocompete Lona Pflum

      How about Greta? I think she is conservative. I love her show. I also like Neil Cavuto. Don’t really care about the rest.

      • Anonymous

        Greta is not a conservative but I think she tries hard to be fair minded. her interviews are pretty strong but she often takes a position that I’m totally opposed to. Enough so that I finally quit watching her too.

      • Anonymous

        Yea, good point, Lona. I like Neil and Greta, too.

        Greta is Libretarian not Conservative.

  • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo Ozzie

    I have to agree with the notion that they went pretty partisan after the election, but the election did give us a radical Marxist and I think it’s the nation’s duty to fight at every level to retain its national identity.

    O’reilly and Beck…..LMAO— Who didn’t see the fear in O’reilly when Beck started cleaning up? He had to change his act to keep himself from going insane, I’m sure it was killing him inside. What a tool.

  • Anonymous

    Palin the GOP savior because of Foxnews? I would like to see his evidence on that one. She was there before Foxnews and will be after. If anything, Foxnews is bad for her because you have Rove, Morris, and O’Reilly looking down their noses at her.

  • Anonymous

    I have to pay for Fox News here in Canada, and I gladly do so. I don’t watch it as much as I used too, but for the most part, it’s still the only balanced news broadcast out there.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, I don’t know what network Michael Coren is on but I really like his show (I normally try to watch them on YouTube). Here in the UK we have absolutely nothing like a right leaning chat show host let alone a right leaning network.

      • Anonymous

        He is on CTS, which is a semi-religious cable channel and also Sun TV, whichis right-leaning. If you google him, the first line that comes up is “Michael Coren is a controversial talk show host on TV and radio in Canada”
        Controversial is code for “not politicially correct and is not afraid to call a spade a spade.”

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the info. I will look him up.

        • Anonymous

          Ah I see. Controversial must be ‘Canadian’ for what we in the UK call ”Extremist Far Right”. It’s a kind of all encompassing term which covers people like pro-gay rights, pro-Israel Geert Wilders and anti-gay, jew murdering Hitler. And everyone inbetween where appropriate or not.

          • Anonymous

            Very Interesting.

            And far Right in the US equates to people that love the Constitution, cherish freedom and limited government and want equal opportunity (not equal justice/ wealth redistribution). Right in US is pro-Israel. Not pro-gay marriage but not being mean to gay people.

            • Anonymous

              Right. As far as gay people are concerned, most of the ones that I come in contact with are mean, angry and have an attititude. Just to test THEIR tolerance, I wear my “Proud Heterosexual” cap during every Gay Pride parade.

              • Anonymous

                LOL!

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, to be honest, ask a right wing person in the UK what right wing means and you get your definition too. I was referring to how the left (and the totally unbiased *wink* BBC) use ”far right” as a label to put on absolutely everyone that they disagree with – and that they perceive apolitical or middle ground people disagree with as a way of discrediting the term ‘right wing’.

              So in the UK, if you’re a racist – you’re ”far right” even if in every area of policy except immigration you agree 100% with the Labour party. Like the BNP – they are on paper a left wing party: linked to a trade union, want to expand the pension system, want to renationalise energy and they specifically target Labour strongholds come elections because they know those are the people they can appeal to. BUT… because they are anti immigration and have a history of racism, they are branded ”far right”. Likewise Geert Wilders – if he wasn’t anti-islam he would in the UK be considered left wing.

              • Anonymous

                Thank you for the information, Marky.

                The more educated we are about these matters, the better off we will be in the long run…

          • Anonymous

            EXACTLY! I prefer to use the term “common sense” as opposed to controversial.

      • Anonymous

        The UK is in my prayers. I have friends that live in the UK and they tell me all the hell going on at present.

      • Linky1

        Michael Coren is on SUN NEWS in Canada, the station our jackbooted CRTC tried to have banned. Oh, they tried with FOX (Al-Jazeera got the OK first), but we still get FOX. I watch more SUN now, still watch FOX (only Hannity and Brett Baier) – and I do subscribe to GBTV. I missed Glenn way too much and when you watch his new show, he gets into so much more than he could on FOX.

        Here’s the link to SUN NEWS-they do broadcasts of all of the political shows. I have visited the UK many times and how you guys exist with the “Beeb” is beyond me. While some documentaries are good, their bias is even worse than the CBC in Canada. Oh, that’s another good thing about SUN NEWS-they’re leading the charge to have the CBC de-funded.

        • Anonymous

          Linky… here’ the link you forgot

          http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/watch-live.html

          • Linky1

            Thanks, las1….my bad there!

          • Anonymous

            Thank you las.

        • Anonymous

          I’m impressed with Sun news and Micheal Coren.

          Yea, GBTV is wonderful.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks Linky, I watch SUN TV (whenever I watch t.v., that is) as well as Fox. The CRTC loves to interrupt Fox when they are doing a news bit and insert Canadian commercials. I wrote/called them many times to complain, and they said it was Rogers cable that does it. Rogers then told me no, it was the CRTC. It’s like dealing with spoiled children.

      • cabensg

        You want the truth listen to Rush. All his stuff is on the internet it you can’t listen on the radio. You want to understand what liberals think and what they’ll do and have done he’s the man to school you. Nothing escapes his analysis and everything he says makes sense.

        • Anonymous

          I love Rush. He’s great.

        • Anonymous

          I love Rush. Mark Levin, Michael Savage. If you want the truth, listen to any of them.

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          Thank You for the link, MK.

    • Anonymous

      Your money would be better invested in subscribing to GBTV if Fox is moving left. I love Canada, what part of Canada are you from?

      • Anonymous

        I am in Toronto. I don’t like the city anymore, but it’s where the jobs are, so I stay. (sigh)

        • Anonymous

          What is going on in Canada these days?

          • Anonymous

            On the upside, we have a terrific Conservative Prime Minister and a new conservative Mayor of Toronto. However, we still have open immigration, millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on superfluous multiculturalism, government-controlled healthcare, sale of alcohol in Ontario, radio/tv. Lack of free speech in the media and on the campuses (excepting when it’s Moslems doing the speaking) One in 10 persons cannot get a doctor due to lack of healthcare providers. When it comes to getting hired for a job, like the U.S., we suffer with political correctness and affirmative action. All things considered, the world we live in today sucks. (IMHO)

            • Anonymous

              Thank You for the info, L0521.

              I’m sorry that the people of Canada are suffering. It seems the people of the US and Canada have many of the same problems. Congratulations on your Conservative Prime Minister and Mayor of Toronto.

              I used to spent much time at Black Mountain in BC. Loved it!

    • Linky1

      I pay for FOX in Canada as well, I have Shaw Direct satellite and it is bundled in a package of other channels. Like 12grace says, try the trial of GBTV. I have and am loving Glenn’s shows.

      If you’re in Canada, try SUN News. It’s kicking the a$$ off of CBC and CTV and as a matter of fact, are leading the charge to make the CBC more accountable.

  • http://www.solitudeholdings.com/blog1/ Dan C

    Many of us spotted this a long time ago. Since they have become the Romney/Bush network they have lost viewers. Their ratings arent as high as they used to be.

    I never watch anymore.

    • Anonymous

      What? You would rather they support obama/piglosi ?

  • Anonymous

    RS,

    you might like this link that shows Ailes decision has had an impact over the last month in terms of ratings as people flee foxnews:

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/september-2011-ratings-cnn-up-double-digits-in-daytime-and-primetime_b89482#more-89482

    September 2011 Ratings: CNN Up Double Digits in Daytime and Primetime

    CNN continued its upward momentum in the third quarter and for the month of September finishing up double digits in primetime: +30% in Total Viewers / +41% in younger viewers; as well as daytime viewing (9am-5pm): +12% in Total Viewers, +25% in younger viewers.

  • Anonymous

    After the results of Nov 2010 the gop establishment pulled out all the stops to downplay the TEa party victory, to sideline the antiestablishment voices. this includes ailes and foxnews which lets face it they are not conservative they are gop establishment all the way. Some call them RINOs but they aren’t they are the establishment and what the gop party has become. they have totally lost all anchors to Reaganism and have morphed in the party of frum. Ailes is using his power to kick out the TEA party form the discussion. It is the only way Mitt/Perry have a chance of winning the nomination….

  • Anonymous

    At 8pm, CNN’s AC 360 topped MSNBC’s The Last Word in the key demo (212k vs. 185k) in September. The CNN program was the only 8 pm show (among MSNBC and FNC) to post growth, increasing +36% among 25-54 vs. CNN programming a year ago (212k vs. 156k). MSNBC decreased a staggering -35% (185k vs. 286k) and FNC’s O’Reilly Factor was down -14% (611k vs. 712k). In total viewers, AC 360 was up +37% (674k vs. 491k); MSNBC was down -22% (834k vs. 1.068m) and FNC was flat compared to last year.

    • Anonymous

      I hardly watch FOX anymore, even Red Eye has become cr@ppy now.
      Looks like Ailes has been DELIBERATELY making efforts to bring down FOX to please Obama. I wonder if Murdoch+Ailes will write off
      the LOSS of revenues of FNC as
      ‘campaign donations’ to Obama

      • Anonymous

        only time I watch foxnews is when Palin is doing an interview and even then I am starting to wait until people like rightscoop posts it online. I can’t stomach those people anymore. They don’t even make any sense. the healthcare mandat eis bad unless its Mitt’s then it’s good? the dream act is bad unless its Perry’s dream act then its good? Government spending is bad unless its gop government spending then its good?

        • Anonymous

          I STOPPED watching Bill0 when I found out about that racist hatemonger
          copkiller-luvin idiot Marc Lamont Hill. That was the last straw for me .
          As for others on FOX, only Beck ‘s show used to have something called INFORMATION, well researched , cited and sourced information which was provable and UNDISCOVERED by MFMedia. Once Beck left, FOX has nothing unique anymore. They have lost their USP.
          Seems like that was Ailes’ plan all along and he is proud of it as we can see !

        • Anonymous

          Yea. they have moved left.

      • Anonymous

        Yea, I call it the “fairness doctrine” aka propelling the leftist propaganda.

  • Anonymous

    “He’s a performer, I’m a journalist.”
    ——
    Er what ? BillO thinks he is a journalist ? Really ?
    Is that what they call Husein’s bootlickers now ?

    • Anonymous

      BillO is an arrogant buffoon.

  • Anonymous

    Come 2012..The “Fading” Tea Party will be ready to go. Fox wants to go down the same road as CNN..get your ass going. That will open a door for another network to report the news without fawning over Obama while insulting conservatives with every other word. Fox didn’t get where it is today being some libtard shill network. But if that is what you want to be..we can arrange that.

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Tea Party station? Love it.

      • cabensg

        Yes! yes! and yes!

  • Anonymous

    All yu hear on oreilly is how great he is doin in the ratings and i am sick of him , i dont even watch fox anymore it is too left. it is getting just like msnbc and all the rest! I watch the news on the internet and Beck untill he starts preachin. At least Beck does tell yu what is goin on in the real world and yu dont hear it on msm. Fox needs to stop braggin, they are losing their base!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I live out on the left coast where “the buses don’t run” and you can’t even elude to FOX. Out here there is no such thing as fair and balanced.

    • Anonymous

      Good point, fair and balanced in NOT fair and balances it is a way to nullify the conservative point of view.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped watching all of FOX about two years ago. Don’t watch. No ratings, no sponsors, no money, out of business.

    He thinks Tea Party popularity is fading? No Roger, we’re using gorilla warfare now. Just because you don’t see us, don’t assume we’re not there.

    • Anonymous

      Bravo!

    • Anonymous

      just a side comment and not a knock but it’s “guerrilla” not gorilla…unless of course you do actually mean the animal.

      • Anonymous

        Yea, Tea Party Animals- I love it! The Tea party are brave Americans!

  • Anonymous

    “While Fox reporters ply their trade under Ailes’s much-mocked “fair and balanced” banner, the opinion arm of the operation has been told to lower the temperature. After the Gabrielle Giffords shooting triggered a debate about feverish rhetoric, Ailes ordered his troops to tone things down. It was, in his view, a chance to boost profits by grabbing a more moderate audience.”

    Obama and his friends with the Weathermen and Muslim Brotherhood are the ones who set up that shooting Roger, you fool.

  • Anonymous

    Fox installs the “Fairness Doctrine”.

    Since GB left Fox many of the Fox programs include liberals on their panels under the guise of “fair and balanced”. It is NOT fair and balanced it is irritating and ridiculous. We have to hear the liberal lies on every station now.

    So now that all the stations are leftist propaganda machines, it’s time for all of us to cancel our cable and buy a years subscription to GBTV.

    I do like Hannity and Bret Baier….maybe they could create their own station via the net and let Fox pound sand.

    • Anonymous

      I watch part of Fox & Friends and that’s it for me now. Sometimes I catch Neil Cavuto.
      Fox Business is still pretty good and I enjoy Eric Bolling’s show. Judge Napolitano is pretty good but I don’t agree with all his views either …

      • Anonymous

        I like Eric Bolling a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/ajroo alec russo

    You know, its funny, even though it wasnt implicitly said until now, Fox News has seemed weak to me for a while. I stopped watching everything but Glenn Beck a while back and now never turn it on.

    I guarantee that if it starts to stray from the truth in order to “appeal” to “moderates”, it will fall back to the ratings pack and lose a lot of its audience. If it hasnt already.

    Its kind of just another news channel now. I mean you dont have to hear far left wackos like Ed Schultz and Crissy Matthews, 4 hours a night but there are a few. Shepard Smith is a tool. He was the first person that had me turning the channel off regularly.

    Now i just never turn it on.

  • http://shelfreliancedenver.com/team/katy/ katy

    The Tea Party is not fading. That’s their first miscalculation. The second is that the American people are turning right not because of FOX or Beck or Palin..They’re turning right because the rest of the world is turning so far left.
    GBTV is going to explode because of this wrong and narrow sighted crap!

  • Anonymous

    Found in Roger Ailes’ garbage can:

    MEMO Sep 8, 2011

    To: Airport Concierge Services Director,
    Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

    From: Roger Ailes, President,
    Fox News Network

    Regarding: News kiosks in terminals

    Mike,

    As you can see by now, we have managed to implement the plan we
    discussed relating to replacing CNN as the news network of the travel
    industry.

    We’ve watered down the opinion segments to the point where they
    can mean practically anything, like a horoscope or one of those
    “magic” eight balls.

    We continue to provide the most beautiful anchors in News, and we
    have begun eliminating the IQ testing we used to do when hiring
    there. We all know nobody can hear the sound on those giant screens
    in the airport (sorry, but yours is one of the noisiest). Anyway, that
    step allows us to find even more beautiful people, since we are no
    longer limited to university-educated ex-lawyers. Turner was right,
    there, BTW, any twinkie will do.

    Speaking of beautiful, we’ve managed to corral all of of our our ugliest
    anchors into one time slot, called “the five” (which, between you and
    me, I refer to as “TFUF”). We air them during the dinner hour when
    no one is even looging, or if they are, they are furiously guzzling
    happy-hour highballs before boarding.

    In short, we believe we’re the network for your airport.

    Won’t you please contact me so we can discuss this in person?

    Thanks,

    Roger

    • Anonymous

      The Five having ugly anchors??? C’mon, Andrea Tantaros is smoking….the other chick is smoking…even Bush’s old press secretary is hot (of course all their names slip my mind at the moment and I’ll give him Bob Beckle). Now Greta….there is a face only a mother could love. I suppose thats why she’s on late at night.

      • Anonymous

        Beckle and Gutfeld. Not a pretty sight.

  • Anonymous

    Fox is just like many institutions we’ve observed: you can expect a “good run” for a while, but then things change. Sometimes slowly, imperceptibly, as other forces take over. Then one day you realize it’s just a hollow husk, a shell of its former self. We need to keep our eye on principles and be ready to abandon ship for a more faithful network, if there is one. This loyalty to principle (not to institutions, be they FOX or the GOP) is what might make FOX last longer, i.e., if they know we’ll leave en-masse as quickly as we came. So, make up your mind, FOX, a stampede in…or out? Glad so many here are alert to the “course correction” rhetoric – let’s see what it means, and be ready to vote with our feet.

  • Anonymous

    They think because they haven’t seen us march in Washington all year, that we’re not here. We’re using gorilla warfare. We’re in the bushes, ready to jump out every election. I stopped watching them a couple of years ago.

    Watch HGTV, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, etc. Turn them off. Let them talk to the air.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure how the questions are being asked to make others think the Tea Parties are waning. But our group has been growing steadily for the last year and I do not see that slowing as the election nears. The Tea Parties are not made up of Party tools like the democratic idiots. We are educated responsible hard working people and we will work and fight to keep the USA a free Consitutional Republic for our children and grandchildren. Many of use went through this crap in the seventies and will defend our country from all tyrants abroad and WITHIN. Let the pundits keep thinking we are waning that way they will not know what hits them come Novermber 2012. Obama will be a one term president just like Jimmy Carter the last democrat I was fool enough to believe a word he said. Poor Ailes he is all about the profit and Tea Party members are all about our country. Ailes could have been a great man instead he has chosen to be small and shallow.

    • Anonymous

      “Poor Ailes he is all about the profit”…

      But that’s the irony in all this, Alborn! Ailes is NOT going for the profit… if he’s losing ratings… he’s losing profits.

      The only time I watch FOX is when I see it on Scoop. Says something, don’t it.

      Another stupid thing FOX does is NOT broadcast live streaming. MSNBC does it. You can still advertise on live streaming… What the hell’s wrong with them? Oh Yeah! Forgot… cable.

      Ailes is right about one thing… and that is “waning”… but it ain’t the Tea Party that’s waning, it’s old establishment media.

      • Anonymous

        I gave up fox a while back. I do not have time to what TV and have to get things on the internet now when I have the time. I do try to watch a little college football on Sat. The point I was making about Ailes was I understood he started Fox to give a voice to the Conservative/ Republican(?)(Murdock was the money man) in the media. This was idealistic something he supposedly believed in personally. Now it seems that is not as important to him as money. That was what I meant by poor. Selling his soul for ratings and money.

        The old media is definitely dead networks waning.

    • Anonymous

      May G-d bless and protect the Tea Party members!

  • Anonymous

    Without reading the article sounds like Fox is going PC. That OK because I always have the “Great One”.

  • Anonymous

    HUGE MISTAKE THERE FOX. THE DAY IS COMING WHEN YOU WILL HAVE A CONSERVATIVE NETWORK AND IT WILL STAY CONSERVATIVE. IT WILL NOT WANDER AROUND LIKE FOX. AND I CANNOT WAIT.

  • Anonymous

    Guess i will stop watching FOX and watch the 3 Stooges. Bye bye O’rielly, Hannity, and Greta. You people on FOX are getting the shaft from Roger.

  • Anonymous

    O’Reilly hates Rush and Sean for them doing better in radio??? Sound kind of like I hate all athletes because they did better on the field than me. And more in line with I hate rich people because they were more successful than me and make more money.

    Also the last debate on Fox was horrible. I thought a lot of the questions were dumb. E.g. “What would you do if you got a phone call that the Taliban had taken over Pakistans nuclear arsenal?” What a stupid question? As if in one foul swoop they would be taken over and we would have had no knowledge that it was impending or whatnot. I was however surprised at CNNs Tea Party debate which I thought was ran a lot better than Fox’s.

    But in the end he is trying to run a BUSINESS and get more money (capitalist pig!) and not neccessarily push an agenda. He’s directing his anchors to be one way or the other to bring more people to watch Fox so his company can continue to grow and profit.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure where the “wanning support” for the Tea Party.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNNAQSCCVRDJRXLM5YBS4WP5HQ jay

    I’ll shout from the mountaintop, “obama is a racist or was when he sat in rev. wright’s church for 20yrs.” Returning Churchill’s bust back to England doesn’t help either. Coincidence? Beck should’ve doubled down!!! We must remember he has pure african blood from his father’s side running through his veins. The likes of which also ran through other african dictators like idi amin, robert mugabe who too had arrogant & dictatorial traits.

    • Anonymous

      Jay said “We must remember he has pure african blood from his father’s side running through his veins. The likes of which also ran through other african dictators like idi amin, robert mugabe who too had arrogant & dictatorial traits.”

      I don’t think you can equate the race obama claims to be his predominant race for his left wing philosophy or his status as the worst president, to date.

      obama could be a person of any color and it would not change the fact that he is the most destructive president we have EVER had….

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I think the administration has gotten to Murdoch, and residually, Ailes.
    After Rupert’s News of The World scandal, I believe Obama saw an opportunity to pounce on Fox News, with threats. The sad part is, theses two caved, like Ford Motor Co. caved, by pulling the “No Bailout” ad.
    Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are somewhere smiling.

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.foxnews.com thegremlinsays

    Well Mr Ailes…If you make too much of a “turn” back towards the left…then I’ll be listening to the radio 24/7. I’ve already seen some changes recently…Carl Cameron’s turned into a “squishy” little moderate lib all of sudden…BillO has always had left leanings and those are showing more and more…the new crop of anchors also have left of center views as well. If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it…but you got rid of Beck, your cash cow…so something’s definitely up. I think BillO was jealous…and had a tantrum.

  • http://freespeechforall.wordpress.com TJ Johnson

    I don’t always (ever?) agree with the position of Fox News, but I can’t deny the fact that Roger Ailes is a true genius. He has proved to have the Midas touch on every aspect of Fox News, turning it into the most successful news outlet in America.

    If Ailes makes a “course correction,” I can’t help but think it’ll turn into yet another ratings (and financial) coup for Fox.