Fox News Murdoch’s ‘Toxic Legacy’

    Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., leaves after attending the funeral service for journalist Marie Colvin, Monday, March 12, 2012 at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The 56-year-old Colvin was a longtime reporter for Britain's Sunday Times. She and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed Feb. 22 in shelling in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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    Roger Ailes’s Fox News is the “most toxic legacy” the Murdoch media empire has bequeathed to America, Bill Keller writes in an opinion column for The New York Times. Stepping aside from arguments that Fox is partisan, biased, and reactionary and operates under dubious journalistic standards, Keller argues that the news channel has betrayed American public by deluding itself: some folks at Fox actually believe they’re doing serious journalism. Keller goes on to say that Fox and two new biographies of Ailes demonstrate how the company aims to do the same things to “the story of the day: control it, spin it for his segmented audience of believers, and demonize anyone who sees things differently.”

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