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Sherman reports: "The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well."

Karl Rove has been benched by Fox News. (photo: AP)
Karl Rove has been benched by Fox News. (photo: AP)

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+80 # j.a.o 2012-12-05 11:04
Rove should be in jail. We the American people have been taken over by corporations, with the blessing of the Republican led Supreme Court decision. However, money didn't win the election because too many Americans see the BS with Rove and his "non-profit" buddies.
+12 # ghostperson 2012-12-05 22:13
We can take great pleasure in knowing that, Rove has played fast and loose for so long and was protected in doing so that he has dropped his guard concerning the existence of actual consequences for illegal acts. Just as Jack Abramoff did. 501(c)(4) abuses are being investigated now. Both Rove and Norquist are going to have some explaining to do. What warms the fiber of my being is that Rove and the Koch boys (and others) spent bazillions of dollars to get nowhere. Some return on investment. So much for smart capitalists.
+54 # MainStreetMentor 2012-12-05 11:07
“Faux News” will most probably use the time between this “announcement” and the next appearance of Rove on “Faux News” to “re-paint the pig” attired in a re-fashioned political tutu, and singing to a tune orchestrated by Ailes, Murdoch and some RepubTeacan Party bigwig. The best thing possible thing to happen to Rove, for the sake of the public, would be: total anonymity exercised by EVERY media.
+58 # Old Man 2012-12-05 11:11
Just another dirt bug that should be in jail.Rove is pustule on the buttocks of America.
+8 # ghostperson 2012-12-05 22:07
More like a fistula.
+51 # Barbara K 2012-12-05 11:24
Gee, I think that is the best thing FAKE NOOZ has done in quite a long time. Now if they would just dump the other lunatics on there ......
+43 # reiverpacific 2012-12-05 11:34
You have to have a soul to search it in the first place.
I've seen no glimpse of this abstract but "You-know-what- I-mean" quantity in either Fox nor Curdled Rove.
+10 # ghostperson 2012-12-05 22:06
"You have to have a soul to search it in the first place."

Priceless, just priceless.
+24 # Luis Emilio 2012-12-05 11:37
As the article say, the election is over. So, Why are we not reading in RSN, and talking about the conference on climate change and the position of the American delegation?
0 # zepp 2012-12-05 11:37
It stands to reason that the left lip of America's bell curve would create two million loyal viewers for Faux News.
+20 # humanmancalvin 2012-12-05 11:42
No Mr.W.C.Carrol, O"Reilly & the other mentioned highly paid entertainers will probably not go anywhere. What other "Real News" channel would hire these pot stirring news men pretenders? If you or any of your ilk really fall for the annual War On Christmas nonsense or all the Nobama All The Time then I say huzza for your incredible gullibility. Ailes is a money making machine & he is no doubt a radical rightie but he sells as much pure baloney as his viewers will swallow. Fox News is pure entertainment, certainly not anything approaching real news. P.T. Barnum must have foreseen this parade of absurdity when he uttered his famous one born every minute infamous line. Absolutely no real news casters, producers & the like take Fox seriously at all. So keep on paying Ailes as he will need a cash infusion for his woes in Britain which will no doubt follow across the pond & hopefully & rightfully ban his brand of unethical "news".
+43 # AndreM5 2012-12-05 12:38
No. No. No.

Faux "News" is NOT PURE ENTERTAINMENT! It is PURE PROPAGANDA and nothing more.
+20 # bigkahuna671 2012-12-05 12:57
Cal, maybe the Koch brothers and Adelson will decide to fund their own 24-hour a day network called ALATT, which stand for All Lying All The Time. That way, Beck could also have a job. Maybe there would even be competition between Rupert and the ALATT crowd for the BEST liars. Heck, even some of our pols like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, DeMint, Bachmann, and Imhofe would leave politics for the 'opportunity' to work for big bucks. We could only be so lucky!!
+6 # readerz 2012-12-05 21:42
No. No. No. It hurts even thinking about it.
+19 # NAVYVET 2012-12-05 15:26
Unfortunately, Humanman, too many newscasters have taken Faux quite seriously, enough to imitate them. I stopped watching TV news from the U.S., including PBS, back about 1990, except for rare programs like Amy Goodman's. Fortunately we have a local independent public channel that carries Goodman plus 3 separate Digital channels of foreign news, some worthwhile, some boring, some biased--but a much better spectrum of choice. We can always get truthful news as long as the Internet remains free--and perhaps we have a chance to make that happen now.
+36 # cordleycoit 2012-12-05 11:46
Rove made the classic error of wasting other peoples money. About a billion plus or minus of the worst tight wads in the country's money. He had control of where and who got how much. Lots of sticky fingers there plus they were running a nebbisher. He sinned and must be disciplined. So good bye for a while Mr Mean...I cannot say Rove will be missed.
+10 # newsmom 2012-12-05 11:50
nicely out, vesspah.
+15 # Ralph Averill 2012-12-05 12:42
Yes, I thought so to. Too bad Anonymous wasn't around in 2004.
+12 # bmiluski 2012-12-05 12:57
I absolutely agree. We wouldn't be in this mess if we had out-hacked them then.
+10 # Barbara K 2012-12-05 13:00
Ralph Averill: I agree, and in 2010 too.
+6 # Luis Emilio 2012-12-05 13:54
What is going on with Anonymous? I thought there was a case against somebody. Shouldn't Car Rove be the accused?
+7 # readerz 2012-12-05 21:48
Unfortunately, "vesspah"'s comment was not that easy to find later, but it belongs to New York Magazine, so we can't re-post it. However, it would be interesting to find out more, because Rove's hacking certainly "lost" the election for Kerry in Ohio in 2004: he certainly won when a recount was done. The then Ohio Secretary of State and the U.S. Supreme Court crowned Bush king anyway. It did seem like Ohio strangely was not hacked; I say strangely because there were people like Romney's son who were all geared up to do it.
+11 # cafetomo 2012-12-05 11:50
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is the slow motion car wreck of American dysfunction. We all take our turn blocking traffic, hoping for a look at the body.
+17 # bobby t. 2012-12-05 11:53
Fox News is the modern Teotihuacan of Mexico's Mayans. They built these huge sacrificial "temples" in order to stop natures unrelenting lack of rain for a long long time. After being rational and learning all sorts of things about water conservation, they figured lets go the belief is better way, and sacrifice to the sun or rain gods instead. Fox is a temple of sacrifice set up to stop global warming.
And you know, the rains came eventually. Must have been the hundreds of thousands of slaves, virgins , and finally when that didn't work, new born babies heads would roll down the temple's steps. The rains will come again for us too, after the global warming is followed by the next ice age, and then the temperate zone or rain zones will come back. Wonder if Fox New will take the credit?
+8 # readerz 2012-12-05 21:52
Coincidence about the Mayans: December 21st is around the corner (or 13 days later on the Old Calendar, which comes out to January 4th, just one of those meteor shower days). But seriously, Fox News doesn't get to take credit for the next ice age; it would be a Titanic mistake.
+10 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-12-05 11:56
Most all Republicans and some Democrats operate under a "closed loop circuit." A bubble that almost lets in nothing but what the persons want to hear.
+18 # Bruce Gruber 2012-12-05 12:28
It is observation, analysis and recognition of the emotional, "loopy" personalization of conservative attacks against progressive, social policies and concerns that provides liberals (including SOME Democrats) with a pretty clear understanding of their Right Wingnut opposition.

The bubble you describe with casual, but false (I think) equivalency seems, in fact, to be a carefully orchestrated and funded propaganda machine that serves as a smokescreen for the 1% megabucks 'distortionists ' who profit off our economy and world resources while opposing humankind's search for universal peace and the end of human suffering. They operate under the false god of individual effort and self reliance = two principles they NEVER practice.
+16 # bmiluski 2012-12-05 13:00
I have yet to meet a Democrat that operates under as "closed a loop circit" as most all Republicans. If you don't believe me, just check out the cartoons and jokes that both sides generate. Compare the two and see which ones are the more vitrolic.
+26 # wrodwell 2012-12-05 12:12
Soul-searching at Fox News?
How can that be? They don't have a "soul".
+16 # bmiluski 2012-12-05 13:01
Soul-searching/ Fox News......oxymo ronic, no?
+14 # Bruce Gruber 2012-12-05 13:09
Fodder for John Stewart and his crew of Merry men (and women) to lampoon the "Search for Intelligent Life and the invisible hand of the soul of Faux News (with some allusions to "Rush" Sherlock aka the Pink "Panter" of Oxycontin fame.
+25 # Glen 2012-12-05 12:51
"Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove’s election-night tantrum when he disputed the network’s call for Obama."

Wonder why more folks didn't protest when Rove had his snit during the recount of the 2000 election. He forced the shutdown of recounts as if he and his group were nothing but thugs. OK - they ARE thugs.
+9 # ghostperson 2012-12-05 22:04
I have been looking for the "tantrum" but all I found was a fairly benign comment that was histrionic-free and a gal waggling her booty back to talk to the stat guys.

It was certainly nothing like Glenn Beck's near dog-whistle high shrieking at a female caller who got on his last nerve because she had the affrontery to challenge his word from the mount.He tried dripping condescension at first but got nowhere then went bat shit crazy. It is a must look up for anyone who wants living proof of how crazy and intolerant the right is or can be.

After seeing a reference to the Beck incident, I looked it up on the internet. Initially, I thought it (the screaming) was a joke but then realized that Mr. Newly-Minted Mormon had actually come unhinged. It seemed to come out of nowhere.

Literally, I did not know in nature that the sounds coming from Glenn Beck's mouth were possible for anyone much less a male. Possibly, for Sarah Brighton in her escalating scales in the Phantom of the Opera.

Beck's piercing shriek was so wild that someone started marketing the scream as a cell phone ring tone. Who says truth isn't stranger than fiction or that humor is dead? We get all we need from the extreme right.

But think about what would happen if one of these nuts got near the presidential "red" button. A scary thought.
+2 # Glen 2012-12-06 07:29
Hysteria has taken over the U.S. It isn't just commentators and colleagues, it is the general populace in their emotional political state.

Your essay is a perfect description!
+17 # fredboy 2012-12-05 13:49
If Fox ever wants even an ounce of credibility they'd best shove this slob away from the table. He's ruining them just like he ruined the Republican Party.
+24 # solange 2012-12-05 14:38
now, if we could just get rid of limbaugh...
+11 # Professorjane Gilgun 2012-12-05 14:58
I hope Ailes searches his soul for compassion and for the reality that we are all in this together. That's what a democracy is. Scrooge opened his heart. How about Ailes?
+16 # NAVYVET 2012-12-05 15:17
Step one works for all of us except the Richie Riches and Teanuts.

Step two is to get Rove indicted for the lies and conspiracies that have almost wrecked this nation.
+12 # walt 2012-12-05 15:58
Let's hope they dump Rove forever. And let's hope too that the GOP is slowly imploding. And they are, since the a majority of the American people know they do not represent 99% of us!
+12 # ABen 2012-12-05 17:54
Perhaps it is time for Rove to re-invent himself as a conservative rap artist; I'm certain there is a huge audience out there just crying for just that. I wonder how the uber-wealthy contributors to his super pacs feel about him now. Perhaps he should retire to a small island somewhere outside U.S. territorial waters.
+6 # ghostperson 2012-12-05 21:44
Cann Oulter and Rarl Kove are the Laurel and Hardy of the right sans humor. Kove's face melts into his chest and Cann Oulter's Adam's apple moves like a metronome while her blow hole spews hatred and vitriol.

It would be a toss up for me were I to have to pick the worst of the infamous conservative triad: the hatchet-faced, razor-toed harpy, the searingly vicious, vindictive, sexually ambivalent Jobba the Hut or Darth Vader Cheney.

I tend to think of the former two as preternaturally -evil individuals who are malignant narcissists. Cheney's evil and abusiveness derive from a grandiose belief in an "imperial executive" answerable to know one--a concept he learned at the knee of impeached POTUS, Richard "I am not a crook" Nixon.

The U.S. has been subjected to right wing extremism on all fronts since 1980. The pendulum must now swing the other way to counterbalance the excesses that have produced rapid-cycling boom and bust periods. This means Democrat dominance for a reasonable period, but not too long, because holding the reins of power for decades is a if not the predicate for abuse of power.It is going to be hard to gain dominance in the House because of the gerrymandered (jellyfish) districts bought into being by another infamous asshole: the former exterminator, indicted, dancing with the stars conservative, Tom Delay, buddy of Casino Jack Abramoff whose great friend is Grover Norquist.
+2 # linkedout 2012-12-05 23:25
"Soul" searching? Ummm... what soul would that be? Are you trying to tell me with a straight face that someone a Fox News has a soul?
+7 # Cdesignpdx 2012-12-06 00:22
The Rove genus is the only whale I am pleased to see beached.
But how do you get rid of it?
+2 # vgirl1 2012-12-06 11:27
The soul searching that needs to go on at FOX news will never take place. The only hope for FOX is a sweep the house clean dismantle from the top down (i.e. a complete start over).

The network and its participants are too contaminated, biased and perhaps intellectually challenged to achieve the kind of makeover required of that network.
+3 # motamanx 2012-12-07 11:38
Rove embodies the old maxim: Time wounds all heels.

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