On a Sunday talk-show panel, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman accused Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News, of spreading "deliberate misinformation" about the health-care reform bill and other important issues. Krugman also charged that, while the bill was first championed by Republican Mitt Romney, few Americans know that because Fox News is characterizing it as socialism. Ailes countered that "the American people are not stupid." Is Fox's reporting unreliable? (See the clip below)
Fox tries to make viewers think like Republicans: It's frustrating to try explaining to conservatives the difference between Fox News and CNN, or Fox and The New York Times, says John Aravosis in America Blog. They "don't get the difference between trying to be objective and trying to be Republican." Journalism is supposed to be about about giving people tools to make up their own minds.
"Krugman calls FOX News 'deliberate misinformation' to Roger Ailes' face"
Ailes showed Fox just cuts through the bull: Roger Ailes proved the lie in Paul Krugman's argument easily enough, says Noel Sheppard in News Busters. He said we should help the 30 million Americans who lack health insurance without hurting the 300 million who are happy with the coverage they have. That's not partisanship, that's common sense.
"Fox's Roger Ailes Battles Huffington, Krugman and Walters"
You have to admire Ailes for facing his critics: The Fox News chief must have known he was in for a "smackdown," says Amy Beth Arkawy in News Junkie Post. But he faced his critics and even "punched back." He clearly won't back down, at least not as long as Fox News' "rabid talk dogs" are getting great ratings.
"Battle of Titans: Huffington vs. Ailes shakes up Walters on ABC"
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