Keller Defends Fox News Comments

Howard Kurtz writes on The Daily Beast that the executive editor of The New York Times doesn’t generally engage in trashing other news organizations. So Bill Keller caused quite a stir when he unloaded on Fox News.

Since Keller runs the newsroom of what is arguably the nation’s most important newspaper, the question arises whether Roger Ailes’ outfit can get a fair shake from the Times.

“Wonder if Keller’s comments trashing Fox News will hurt his reporters’ ability to cover Fox and Ailes,” tweeted Gabriel Sherman, who writes for New York magazine and the New Republic.

In comments at the City University of New York graduate journalism school, Keller said late last week: “I think if you’re a regular viewer of Fox News, you’re among the most cynical people on planet Earth. I cannot think of a more cynical slogan than ‘Fair and Balanced.'”

Keller will receive the OPC President’s Award at this year’s OPC Awards Dinner, April 28, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York.

Read Kurtz’s column >>