Monica Lewinsky Remembers

Monica Lewinsky in Washington in 1999.

Source: Monica Lewinsky, an anti-cyberbullying advocate and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, in The New York Times, May 22

This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week 10 months after being ousted at Fox News. It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally.

Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.

It worked like magic: the story hooked viewers and made them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 years, Fox News has been the No. 1 news station; last year the network made about $2.3 billion….

None of this is to say that we shouldn’t have a credible conservative point of view in our media – quite the opposite. If we’ve learned nothing else from the 2016 presidential election, it’s that we must find a way to foster robust and healthy discussion and debate. Our news channels should be just such places.

So, farewell to the age of Ailes. The late Fox chief pledged Americans fair and balanced news. Maybe now we’ll get it.

Trump’s Speech in Saudi Arabia

Source: The Irish Independent, May 21

After inventing “fake news,” America’s crazed president gave the world’s Muslims a fake speech. Donald Trump said he was not in Saudi Arabia to “lecture” – but then told the world’s Islamic preachers what to do, condemned “Islamist terrorism” as if violence was a solely Muslim phenomenon, and then announced like an Old Testament prophet that he was in “a battle between good and evil.” There were no words of compassion, none of mercy, absolutely not a word of apology for his racist, anti-Muslim speeches of last year. Even more incredibly, he blamed Iran – rather than ISIL – for “fuelling sectarian violence” … a day after they had freely elected a liberal reformer as their president.