Ever since Fox News Channel launched in 1996 with a slogan that was an aggressive lie — “Fair and Balanced” — most viewers have understood that Rupert Murdoch and his lackey Roger Ailes created a propaganda operation, not a news channel.

And yet the latest revelations of deception, hypocrisy and greed among the network’s management and “stars,” unbound by any journalistic principle, are nevertheless stunning. Perhaps we still expect a measure of self-respect even from our villains. But here we see an essential and sometimes noble democratic endeavor — delivering the news to a self-governing people — degraded beyond redemption.

Joe Conason is an experienced and skilled reporter as well as a sharp commentator. His column reflects his vast experience as a reporter in the political field, offering a democratic opinion of current events.

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George Letkiewicz

This is the left. Still trying to shut up Fox News.

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