Leslie Savan

Fox News Blow Up: Is Roger Ailes in Serious Trouble?

Many of us on the left have long harbored a fantasy about Fox News, and for a moment this week it seemed it just might come true.

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How Fox News Created a Monster

Anyone who read 1984 in high school should know that the target of propaganda can turn on a dime. But we tend to forget this lesson whenever the media’s real-life Big Bros crank out their version of “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia,” as they’ve being doing of late.

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What We Can Learn From Cable's Most Popular Show, "The Walking Dead"

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Does Mitt Romney Even Want to be President?

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What Mitt Romney’s Body Language Is Trying to Tell Us

Lots of people have talked about how Mitt Romney comes off like a robot. Some, like Chris Matthews, home in on Mitt’s odd way with words (“The trees are the right height”), suggesting that Mitt has yet to master an Earth-based language. Others focus on finding the right metaphor: Is Mitt a “wimp” and a “weenie,” as Mike Tomasky writes in Newsweek, or is he instead a “weasel,” as Chris Weigant maintains in Huff Post?

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Why the Era May Be Over for Blowhard Right-Wing Extremists

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How Glenn Beck Threatens Fox News and the Conservative Agenda

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Should the Media Stop Talking About Sarah Palin?

This week has seen an extraordinary backlash to Sarah Palin. I’m not talking about her sinking poll numbers -- I’m talking about the number of journalists who've declared that they’re sick of covering her, some even pledging to no longer mention her name. Palin’s every tweet and video are not news, the beef goes; she’s no longer a public official, and treating her like one just encourages her to spout off more. “[G]o write about something else instead,” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat advised other journos on Sunday. In today’s Washington Post, Dana Milbank called on others in the news media to repeat after him: “I hereby pledge that, beginning on Feb 1, 2011, I will not mention Sarah Palin -- in print, online or on television -- for one month.”

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Are Fox Ratings Dropping As Tea Party Election Fails Stack Up?

Could it be that the nation’s infatuation with Fox News is slowly, slowly coming to an end? Looking at long-term cable ratings, you might surmise that on its way to the Tea Party, Fox has indeed jumped a shark or two.

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Right Wing Red Meat in Cruel April

After lauding CNN for its in-depth Haiti and stimulus coverage in a previous post (CNN Un-Dobbed!), I'm disheartened that the channel that finally found the backbone to dump Lou Dobbs has decided to redobb up on the angry white man punditry, this time with RedState.com's Erick Erickson. Erickson had barely signed up as a CNN contributor when he let rip some vio-sympatico spoutings about grabbing a shotgun to scare big government off his lawn. It would be unfortunate for CNN to stand by its man, as it so far has, any time of the year, but especially now, during the cruelest, militia-crazed month of April.

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