Fox’s “Shift to the Left”

So did you know that “Roger Ailes is presiding over a shift to the Left at Fox News”? Me either. But that’s the caption beneath a photo of Ailes at the top of this morning’s lead story at Politico.

But you need to understand the context: The second graph of Keach Hagey’s piece cites as the prime evidence for this “shift to the Left” the current prominence at Fox of Karl Rove and Sean Hannity. Seriously.

Turns out the “shift to the Left” talk is coming mainly from Glenn Beck fans still angry over his departure from Fox, and representatives of various and sundry wingnut media enterprises who are trying to create the impression they are filling recently vacated space. So, no, nothing particularly new is going on at Fox, and any “shift to the left” makes sense only as a relative term for any fixed object that is part of a Republican Party apparatus moving rapidly to the right.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.