Rabid Fox PR Takes Buckshot from NYT

Jacques Steinberg, vilified by Fox News PR, photo alteredWhen Fox News is the Story, David Carr’s groundbreaking story in the The New York Times yesterday, is part confession, part reportage, advocacy and above all, deeply personal. It is a great piece of news reporting that could only be personal – the attacks of the Fox News PR bloodhounds are personal, vicious, unrelenting and remorseless.

There’s nothing wrong with aggressive PR, with protecting your own and fighting to get your point of view included. Fox PR crosses the line, any line you want to imagine, when it uses its news and commentary shows to eviscerate its enemies – anybody who does not agree with them. Their doctoring of “enemy” journalist photos for public stonings is not only horribly nasty, it’s bizarre, arguably anti-semetic, and proves that Fox news product is driven by Roger Ailes’ right-wing media/politico PR complex.

I like David Carr for his cajones in this case, his humor and his writing. He brings a blog-friendly style to the Times (see NYT Gaga Over Rupert’s Yogurt at Boldface Business Confab) and he cuts through the hermetic elitism that can stifle Times reporting.

See How David Carr Dared Take on Fox News’ PR from Jossip; David Carr Was A “Fulminating Crackhead” from Gawker

At Fox News, media relations is a kind of rolling opposition research operation intended to keep reporters in line by feeding and sometimes maiming them. Shooting the occasional messenger is baked right into the process. – from When Fox News is the Story, NYT, David Carr

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