Roger Ailes’ Smithers, Ctd

Sep 18 2013 @ 1:17pm

Last night, I noted how much Mike Allen’s exclusive on Fox News fall line-up sounded like a press release from the organization itself. Now we have the Fox release, we can compare and contrast. Guess which sentences were written by Fox and which by Politico:

1. Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor Shepard Smith will be available throughout to insert the latest breaking news into the new programming schedule via the FOX News Deck.<> on November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

2. Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor Shepard Smith will be available throughout to insert the latest breaking news via the FOX News Deck.

3. The evening’s new entrant, “The Kelly File” will focus on late-breaking news stories and in-depth investigative reporting. The show will air in a live format, embrace a stronger social media presence, and will capitalize on Kelly’s skills as a former litigator.

4. As the newest edition to the line-up, The Kelly File (9-10PM/ET) will focus on late-breaking stories in a live format as well as in-depth investigative reports interspersed with newsmaker interviews. While embracing a stronger social media presence, the new program will capitalize on Kelly’s skills as a former litigator, and create a unique platform for developing angles as events unfold.

5. Immediately following On the Record, The O’Reilly Factor (8-9PM/ET) will continue uncovering news items from the established wisdom, operating against the grain of more traditional interview style programs. The number one cable news program since 2001, O’Reilly’s signature No Spin Zone cuts through the rhetoric as he challenges the players who make the story newsworthy.

6. Immediately following “On the Record,” “The O’Reilly Factor” will continue to air at 8 p.m., uncovering news items from the established wisdom, operating against the grain of more traditional interview style programs. O’Reilly has had the number one cable news program since 2001.

Answers after the jump:

1. Fox. 2. Mike Allen. 3. Fox. 4. Mike Allen. 5. Mike Allen. 6. Fox.

Allen’s write-up of the line-up is effectively stenography from Fox’s own press release. Except that Fox edited its version down to a newsier, simpler story, while Allen embellished his at length – always with laudatory adjectives and cringe-inducing suck-ups. The other major difference is that Fox News’s p.r. hacks can write English grammatically. Allen not so much, as this reader points out:

“Now live at 7PM/ET weeknights, On the Record will showcase the news Americans care about and explore how they impact our everyday lives.”

Who is “they” in this sentence? The news?!

“Immediately following On the Record, The O’Reilly Factor (8-9PM/ET) will continue uncovering news items from the established wisdom, operating against the grain of more traditional interview style programs.”

“Uncovering news items from the established wisdom”? Does he mean “uncovering news items that contradict the established wisdom”?

“The number one cable news program since 2001, O’Reilly’s signature No Spin Zone cuts through the rhetoric as he challenges the players who make the story newsworthy …”

So O’Reilly is inviting on “the players who make the story newsworthy,” and then challenging them in his interview? Or O’Reilly’s interview is what makes the story newsworthy? Or O’Reilly is cutting through the rhetoric that creates the illusion that something is newsworthy, when it, in fact, is not?

Go figure. Allen cannot write English in a hurry and reprints sycophantic press releases as a news story. Welcome to Politico.

Update from a reader:

All have to say is who the hell at Politico let “As the newest edition to the line-up” go through???

(Photo: Politico Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen arrives at a Politico Playbook Breakfast November 28, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. By Alex Wong/Getty.)