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17 October, 2011

This Is the Most Powerful Man in News

You can fool all the people... 

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time ... Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from

the Mass Media  and the leftists within forget , very often, that  famous quote by Abe Lincoln :One person can cheat another person ONCE but not all the time and NEVER cheat on everyone  not even ONCE 
 Trade liberty for safety or money and you'll end up with neither.
 Liberty, like a grain of salt, easily dissolves.
 The power of questioning -not simply believing- has no friends.Yet liberty depends on it.
This Is the Most Powerful Man in News

Using his instincts about on-air talent and the assault on American values,

 ROGER AILES has set the new agenda for TV journalism. 

But he’s decidedly not the kind of media mogul described

 by his liberal critics.

By Deroy Murdock
The most powerful man in television news is gazing through 
time at a black-and-white photo taken half a century ago
 of a buff, lunch-pail-toting 19-year-old wearing a white 
T-shirt and disheveled trousers.
“That’s me,” Roger Ailes tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “It’s the way I view myself. I worked three summers putting in sewer pipe and guardrail on the road in Ohio. So when people look at me today and say, ‘Well, he is some rich guy who lives in Manhattan,’” Ailes points to the photo, eyes glinting, and says, That’s who I am.”
For the last 15 years, Roger Eugene Ailes has ruled as Rupert Murdoch’s suzerain over the Fox News Channel — building from scratch a TV network that has mushroomed into a cultural and commercial juggernaut, said to be worth today almost $12 billion.
Throughout this remarkable run, Ailes, 71, never lost his self-image as a renegade challenging the media elites’ comprehension of blue-collar Americans. His intellect has altered the parabola of television news, pioneering a new type of programming that caters to conservatives and independents.
For years, executives at rival networks nursed their bruised egos by assuring themselves they still were more respected than Fox despite Fox’s market dominance.
Now even that fig leaf has been torn away. A recent survey by Poll Position, a nonpartisan online polling firm launched by former CNN News chief Eason Jordan, asked Americans which news network does the best job. The hands-down winner: Fox News, with 36.1 percent, followed not so closely by CNN with 27.8. MSNBC was on life support with just 16.6 percent.
Sean Hannity’s View
“He’s a television genius. Rupert Murdoch saw the genius in Roger, and was willing to invest in this, and I think they both saw that media was very one-sided in this country and that there was a real need for fair and balanced coverage of issues of the day.”
— Fox News host

The bottom line: The public no longer sees CNN as the major-domo of cable news. And 
“Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes are brilliant strategists and programmers,” Jordan told Newsmax. “They carved out a niche, exploited it, and expanded it. Fox News pops. Like it or not, Fox News is compelling, provocative, and addictive to many.”
Asked what it was like to compete against Ailes, Jordan, who joined CNN in 1982 and rose to become its chief news executive and president of newsgathering and international networks before departing in 2005, replies, “Fun and ferocious.”
“Roger is a tenacious and wily competitor, he fights with brass knuckles, and he rarely loses — a winning and tough-as-nails reputation he earned long before he joined the TV news fray.”
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press backs up the Poll Position research. It found Fox News is cited most often as the public’s No. 1 news source at 19 percent, with CNN second at 15 percent. Those two placed far ahead of the broadcast networks, as well as print outlets such as The New York Times and The Associated Press.�
media insiders universally credit — or blame — one man for that landmark shift: Roger Ailes.
Ailes has positioned Fox News to dominate the news business in both ratings and influence, and its success has mirrored the increasing anger, hate, and envy that the establishment media, and America’s left, direct at Ailes and Fox.
Even President Barack Obama has joined the struggle. In October 2009, in one of the nastiest confrontations ever between the White House and a news network, Obama objected that Fox was “operating basically as a talk-radio format” rather than as a “news outlet.”
Obama himself told The New York Times in October 2008 that Ailes and Fox were costing him 2 to 3 points in the polls.

Reading those mainstream media accounts, it is hard to imagine Ailes as the son of a factory-maintenance foreman in the northeastern Ohio town of Warren, who began his professional life digging ditches, then produced Shakespearean plays on and off-Broadway, and went on to become a close adviser to three U.S. presidents.
By all accounts, the 2012 election is expected to be close. In the view of some pundits, there is little doubt the Obama “war room” once again will ratchet up the heat on Fox. A fresh spate of stories and profiles on Ailes from the mainstream media have already begun to stoke this fire.
The less strident media profiles portray Ailes as a “pit bull,” and “a man with only two speeds: Attack and destroy.”
Other adjectives emanating from establishment wisdom are more brutal, labeling him “Crazy . . . evil . . . paranoid.”
The firestorm of controversy that surrounds Ailes was recently re-ignited by a Rolling Stone article titled, “How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory.”
The piece described Ailes in the most bilious terms possible, calling him “the classic figure of a cinematic villain: bald and obese, with dainty hands, Hitchcockian jowls and a lumbering gait.”
Despite the invective Ailes faces daily, he says he never will stop defending American values in order to gain elite approbation. “We’re losing our freedom of speech, we are losing freedom of religion, we are losing freedom of the press,” Ailes warns.

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