Clueless in Secaucus: Pre-FNC, Ex-MSNBC Chief Recalls, Few Saw Any Liberal Bias
An excerpt from Bauder's October 1 dispatch, which on Yahoo carries the headline, “Slumping Fox News celebrating 1st decade”
...."I watched CNN for a week before I went on and I kept trying to wake myself up," [Fox News CEO Roger] Ailes told The Associated Press. "I kept nodding off and I realized they are biased, they are boring, they looked like a network that has never had any competition."
Ailes, a former Republican political operative, said simply presenting different points of view made Fox seem like a contrast to left-leaning news coverage elsewhere.
Before Fox, many in the media scoffed at the notion of a liberal bias and figured only a handful of people really believed that, said Erik Sorenson, former MSNBC president.
"Fox proved it's a much larger group than anybody realized," he said.
Their success clearly made others respond. The very idea that Rush Limbaugh would appear on a "CBS Evening News" segment called "Free Speech," heavily promoted on Katie Couric's first night as anchor, would have been unfathomable a decade ago, Sorenson said.
"I've had many people say to me we have forced people to think differently in their own newsrooms," Ailes said....
Back in 2001, after 9/11, Sorenson whined about the “patriotism police.” As recounted in an MRC CyberAlert at the time, the November 7, 2001 New York Times reported:
"'Any misstep and you can get into trouble with these guys and have the Patriotism Police hunt you down,’ said Erik Sorenson, President of MSNBC. ‘These are hard jobs. Just getting the facts straight is monumentally difficult. We don't want to have to wonder if we are saluting properly. Was I supposed to use the three-fingered salute today?’"