ABC announced a new comedy series to be produced by Kal Penn (Kumar in the Harold and Kumar comedies). The reaction from Roger Ailes, himself a former comedy writer, was less than enthusiastic. Ailes seemed reticent to praise a new series that would depict the “Entertainment Network” disguised as a news channel he helms as less than accurate. Irony has been dying some pretty nasty deaths of late (making it actually mored death-prone than Kenny on South Park) and this may be one of the bloodiest, if not funniest.
Ailes went on to state that he thought it was a “low blow” for ABC to produce the show. He stood by the journalistic integrity of his “News Channel” and even gave veiled threats about suing ABC over copyright infringement since, you know, he owns all the titles.
“I might have the lawyers call,” Ailes said in this article “I’ve got 24 hours a day to trash ABC programming. You guys can’t program your way out of the men’s room.”
Ailes got his feelings hurt, I suppose, since no one except his legion of viewers believe it to be anything more than a GOP propaganda machine. Even the POTUS believed this early on.
Fox’s “integrity” lays on the 1st Amendment right of the press. The Founding Fathers never said the press had to be accurate or legitimate, just not “impeded.”
Fox counts on this, but it’s cost them in the long run.
Though it continues to have a strong following in the older age group over 65, Fox has little to know trust when it comes to the younger crowd.
It makes you wonder since they are so serious about attracting viewers, males in particular.
Everyone has had their shot. Jon Stewart made a habit of it.
Fox has stood its ground, never, ever admitting that they fudged their reports.
And when guests came on, not one of them ever called them on their coverage since they all agreed whole heartedly with the “journalists” showing their maturity and “integrity.”
Fox “journalists” have always shown themselves to be grounded in the reality of the day.
Jon is gone now, gone on to take care of animals, raise his kids, produce fine films, and lead a life of religious fulfillment.
But he couldn’t go out without leaving nothing but love to his favorite “News” channel.
To his credit, Roger Ailes sent Jon a congratulatory good … no, he was just a jerk. Just like now.
Yes, we should feel a lot of compassion for Roger Ailes and his struggling propaganda machine of Republican drivel … er, News Channel. Why mock when you can just stand by and watch them make complete idiots of themselves.
Kal Penn doesn’t even have to write a script. He just has to sit in front of the television like a gamer who just opened Call of Duty CXVIII, red bull cases close to hand and adult diaper secured, and write down what the idiots on Fox and Friends
I feel for Kal, former Associate Director of the Office of the Office of Public Engagement under President Obama.
In his capacity as Associate Director, Kal must have had to field a lot of questions from Fox viewers that wondered about the POTUS nationality, his plans for world domination, his plot to send everyone to a FEMA camp.
It’s no wonder he’s decided to take his considerable talents and focus on Fox, which is bound to make his series a qualified hit.
We’ll be watching, Kal!