Selling Fear

by
Abby Zimet

 

From Rolling Stone, a scathing new portrait of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the former GOP political hack - think Richard Nixon, Willie Horton, Big Tobacco - who has built America's most powerful, profitable propaganda machine, disguised as a news operation. Most enlightening are the Tales of Paranoia: The desktop monitor to watch for Muslims, the lockdown over a brown-skinned "terrorist" who turned out to be the janitor, the bomb-proof glass to protect him from "those gays." Whew. Here's something to make you paranoid: Fox reaches 100 million people, mostly old and white.

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