Sneering CBS: Ailes’s Success at Fox Due to ‘Fostering and Exploiting Divisions’

May 19, 2017 | 12:30 PM EDT

[See NewsBusters for more.] The sneering reaction to the death of Roger Ailes continued on CBS, Friday. NPR’s David Folkenflik attacked the Fox News founder for “fostering and exploiting divisions.” He also insisted that FNC encouraged the “emphasis on opinion rather than reporting.” As though liberal journalists on ABC, CBS and NBC haven’t been doing that for decades? Guest CBS This Morning co-host Alex Wagner offered this leading question “Beyond President Trump, how responsible is Roger Ailes to the political landscape in America?” Folkenflik scolded, “I think he helped fuel and foster what you saw after ‘96, the explosion of voices on cable, what we saw of the emergence of the World Wide Web. He fostered and exploited divisions.”