TRUER WORDS, NEVER SPOKEN…. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp gives out an annual award for conservative opinion “journalism,” and last night, honored Charles Krauthammer, a Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor.

In his speech accepting the award, Krauthammer began by trashing Nobel peace prizes and Pulitzers, before talking up the importance of News Corp’s enterprise. (via TPM)

“In that respect, there should be a special award for Fox News. Fox has done a great service to the American polity — single-handedly breaking up the intellectual and ideological monopoly that for decades exerted hegemony (to use a favorite lefty cliche) over the broadcast media.

“I said some years ago that the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes was to have discovered a niche market in American broadcasting — half the American people. The reason Fox News has thrived and grown is because it offers a vibrant and honest alternative to those who could not abide yet another day of the news delivered to them beneath layer after layer of often undisguised liberalism.

“What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.”

Oddly enough, I agree. Fox News has “created an alternate reality.”

It’s a shame Krauthammer meant it as a compliment.

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