Sunday, October 26, 2014

Good at a dirty game …

… How Lincoln Played the Press by Garry Wills | The New York Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Every bit of that information was blatantly biased in ways that would make today’s Fox News blush. Editors ran their own candidates—in fact they ran for office themselves, and often continued in their post at the paper while holding office. Politicians, knowing this, cultivated their own party’s papers, both the owners and the editors, shared staff with them, released news to them early or exclusively to keep them loyal, rewarded them with state or federal appointments when they won.
Ever turn on MSNBC, Garry? Fox actually does have news shows, as opposed to opinion shows. I think Bret Baier's show is as good for news as any on the tube.

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