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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
If you hate the extreme polarization of American life today, with more and more people talking to and living alongside only people who share their world view, blame Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News. If you are angry about the loss of civility, the coarsening of the conversation of democracy, the gridlock in Washington and the nastiness of political discourse, blame Ailes. If you're troubled by the widespread criticism of an American president like Barack Obama, yes, that, too, is the fault of Ailes - as is even the fact that your vote has been all but turned into Confederate dollars by the power of big-interest money and media manipulators.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
If you hate the extreme polarization of American life today, with more and more people talking to and living alongside only people who share their world view, blame Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News. If you are angry about the loss of civility, the coarsening of the conversation of democracy, the gridlock in Washington and the nastiness of political discourse, blame Ailes. If you're troubled by the widespread criticism of an American president like Barack Obama, yes, that, too, is the fault of Ailes - as is even the fact that your vote has been all but turned into Confederate dollars by the power of big-interest money and media manipulators.
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By David Zuirawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
The Obama White House has been trying to de-legitimize Fox News almost from the day it took office. Remember the media blitz of 2009 launched by then White House Communications Director Anita Dunn? I stood with Fox on that one on principle and came away impressed with the almost tribal unity that Roger Ailes inspired in his troops in the face of White House pressure. Ailes showed more of that Thursday with a memo sent to the Fox newsroom. Read it below, and try to tell me he's not right.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
I will leave it to The Sun's political reporters to write about who "won" or "lost" this cooked-up and dumbed-down TV cartoon of a debate between Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Texas counterpart Rick Perry Wednesday on CNN's "Crossfire. " I am only here to say how sad I am to see Maryland's Democratic governor and our political discourse bent to fit the phony dictates of cable TV this way. When comedian Jon Stewart famously denounced the "Crossfire" format in 2004, he called the two hosts that night, Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, "partisan hacks.
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By David Folkenflik and By David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2003
Roger Ailes sure looks happy these days. And why shouldn't he? The chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel has seen his creation soar in the ratings ahead of CNN and well past all other rivals. Since its birth seven years ago, Fox News has thrown both CNN and MSNBC into tumult with its successful pursuit of conservative viewers and others who feel alienated from the mainstream media. And now, Ailes has found help in his continued quest for wider credibility. Just last week, there was Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the liberal Baltimore Democrat who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Ailes at Morgan State University.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
After dumping Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, Fox News has hired Scott Brown and now Herman Cain as a contributor. The first three moves made some sense, especially the two firings. Palin's fling with fame was over, and the sleaze attached to Morris had reached the point where it was seriously hurting the Fox brand. But the hiring of Cain, which was reported Friday, feels like an act of desperation, a move made in reaction to sinking ratings rather than one done as part of a larger vision.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | October 29, 2007
The famed Temple of Dendur hadn't seen so many of the high born and wealthy since the Egyptians gave it as a gift to the United States in 1965 and it was awarded to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967. VIPs of finance, society, media and showbiz poured into the grand old place made into a backlit wonder when Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes kicked off their Fox Business Network gala. New Yorkers fall apart when it rains. Taxis disappear and people cuddle up at home and start making excuses for not going out, but not the other night.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 6, 2011
A few words about three words. Said words came from one Barry Ritholtz, a financial analyst, author and TV commentator who, according to his website, has contributed commentary on matters monetary to the whole alphabet soup of TV news: CNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, MSNBC and C-SPAN. Mr. Ritholtz also has a blog (www.ritholtz.com/blog/), and it was there that he recently broke what seemed a major news story: "Roger Ailes to Be Indicted. " Mr. Ailes, as you may know, is the controversial chairman of Fox News.
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By Gunther Wertheimer | April 26, 1991
UNCENSORED images of the Kurdish tragedy have diminished the euphoria many Americans felt after the victory over Iraq. Nonetheless, Republican strategists looking toward the 1992 elections plan to exploit that triumph to retain the White House and recapture the Senate.They are not likely to be entirely successful. But the goal already is creating a tone that bodes ill for the political battles ahead. If you thought 1988 was a dirty campaign, you ain't seen nothing.Willie Horton and the flag were the essential features of the GOP's 1988 strategy.
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By Paul West and Paul West,Washington Bureau of The Sun | April 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Senior White House aides insist they're eager to have Vice President Dan Quayle on the 1992 ticket, but they apparently don't want his staff in the back room.Quayle aides were notably absent when administration political strategists met in the clubby surroundings of the White House mess not long ago to review preliminary plans for President Bush's re-election effort.One White House official said the failure to invite a Quayle aide was simply an oversight. But others say Mr. Quayle's chief of staff, William Kristol, feels that he was deliberately kept away by aides to White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu.
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By David Zuirawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
The Obama White House has been trying to de-legitimize Fox News almost from the day it took office. Remember the media blitz of 2009 launched by then White House Communications Director Anita Dunn? I stood with Fox on that one on principle and came away impressed with the almost tribal unity that Roger Ailes inspired in his troops in the face of White House pressure. Ailes showed more of that Thursday with a memo sent to the Fox newsroom. Read it below, and try to tell me he's not right.
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By Jules Witcover | February 25, 2013
There was a time when the lines between the practices of politics and journalism were clear-cut. Professional politicians did their thing, which was getting elected and getting others elected. Professional journalists did theirs, writing and telling how the politicians did what they did. Seldom did the two meet in public opinion forums Today, political operatives are regular commentators and analysts on radio, television and the Internet, and journalists of all political persuasions run for public office, sometimes getting elected.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
After dumping Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, Fox News has hired Scott Brown and now Herman Cain as a contributor. The first three moves made some sense, especially the two firings. Palin's fling with fame was over, and the sleaze attached to Morris had reached the point where it was seriously hurting the Fox brand. But the hiring of Cain, which was reported Friday, feels like an act of desperation, a move made in reaction to sinking ratings rather than one done as part of a larger vision.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Call it another pitiful ending for Sarah Palin. In what looks like a Friday afternoon leak-dump, RealClearPolitics first reported that Fox News had not renewed Palin's contract to be an analyst. That report was based on an unnamed source. Brian Stelter, of the New York Times, later confirmed it on Twitter. And so ends most of what's left of Palin's fling with fame since 2008, when she was named the GOP vice presidential candidate in a craven act John McCain should never be able to fully live down.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
Conservative analyst Pat Buchanan Thursday night confirmed what some in the worlds of politics and cable TV believed to be true for months: He hadn't just been suspended by MSNBC in the wake of his latest controversial book, he was through and would never be back on the cable channel again. “My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end,” Buchanan wrote Thursday in a post at The American Conservative. “After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.” Buchanan had been suspended since shortly after the October publication of his book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Based on the number of televised GOP candidate debates in 2008, we are just about halfway through the process with tonight's CNN-hosted debate on foreign policy. I am encouraged by the big audiences of up to 6 million tuning in for some of the debates. But I am dismayed by some of the show biz priorities the cable channels are surrendering themselves to in hopes of getting a piece of that tasty Nielsen pie. I am thinking here of CNBC using Jim Cramer as a moderator, and him sounding like Gilbert Gottfried in his first screaming, squawking question to the candidate.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 17, 1993
WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, the political consultants were not allowed at the head table.They were one step above TV technicians, which was not a very high step.The consultants worried about the lighting and the make-up and they cooked up jingles for the campaign commercials.But they were not considered in the same league as the campaign managers. The managers knew the county chairmen and the city bosses; they knew the people who counted and what won elections.And the campaign managers did not allow the political consultants into the strategy sessions.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but I have to admit the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Thursday night. Most of the credit has to go to anchorman Bret Baier and Sunday show host Chris Wallace who were superb in their prepaartion and questions. I cannot remember seeing a moderator this side of CNN's Wolf Blitzer who opened a debate with a  more focused, well-researched barrage of questions than Baier.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but I have to admit the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Thursday night. Most of the credit has to go to anchorman Bret Baier and Sunday show host Chris Wallace who were superb in their prepaartion and questions. I cannot remember seeing a moderator this side of CNN's Wolf Blitzer who opened a debate with a  more focused, well-researched barrage of questions than Baier.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 6, 2011
A few words about three words. Said words came from one Barry Ritholtz, a financial analyst, author and TV commentator who, according to his website, has contributed commentary on matters monetary to the whole alphabet soup of TV news: CNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, MSNBC and C-SPAN. Mr. Ritholtz also has a blog (www.ritholtz.com/blog/), and it was there that he recently broke what seemed a major news story: "Roger Ailes to Be Indicted. " Mr. Ailes, as you may know, is the controversial chairman of Fox News.
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