August 19, 2003

Singin' songs for pimps with tailors who charge ten dollars at the door

One Question
Media questions answered

Q: You have written extensively about Fox News Channel for The New Yorker. Is the network's lawsuit against Al Franken's publisher to stop use of the phrase "fair and balanced" in the title of Franken's upcoming book, well, fair and balanced?

A: "Of course the lawsuit is not 'fair and balanced.' It was not meant to be. [Fox News chief] Roger Ailes loves to torment those who would torment him. His career as a media consultant or in brilliantly building Fox News is about playing offense, not defense. And he enjoys a good laugh. ... The notion that Fox News owns 'fair and balanced' is a joke. Also a joke is the notion that Fox News is always 'fair and balanced' and the rest of the press is not. ... The courts will not take seriously the claim that a marketing slogan that is often untrue is worthy of being enshrined as the truth."

- Ken Auletta, media columnist, The New Yorker [via
I Want Media]

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