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For those who still question my contention that liberal TV critics are engaged in a rather obvious campaign to do anything they can to boost Keith Olbermann in the hopes of advancing their own liberal agenda take a good look at Garvin's account of their boorish behavior in Pasadena.
The money quote:
Ailes made his comments during an appearance Monday evening before North American television critics, a hostile audience that generally makes no secret of its contempt for his network. Fox News panels here have often been something closer to hand-to-hand combat than to news conferences, and this one was no exception.
About two-thirds of the 150 critics left the room before Ailes took the stage, several of them openly voicing their scorn for what they say is Fox News' conservative spin.
Ailes quickly returned their fire with a brief promotional film featuring blurbs from critics and TV writers (Bill Carter of The New York Times wrote that Fox News Channel was created ''to give Mr. Ailes a toy to play with, though, given the current state of Fox News as described by some insiders, it may be less a toy than an imaginary friend'') predicting a quick and painful death for Fox News when it first went on the air in 1996.
These are the same folks who line up to hear pearls of wisdom from notable failures in the television business but can't stand to be in the same room with a television executive who has turned a start-up cable news network into of the most successful, profitable enterprises in their industry. At the very least you might think they would want to pass on some tips to their pals at MSNBC and CNN on how to run a successful cable news network.
UPDATE: UltraLoon Peter Ames Carlin, TV Critic for the lefty Oregonian newspaper objects to Garvin's characterization of the TV Critics walkout before Ailes appearance.
UPDATE: Glenn Garvin is having none of it and drops in an Olby reference for good measure.
...it fairly boggles my mind to imagine that Ailes could have gotten an uproarious laugh from the critics by comparing the host of a rival network's show to Hitler, as MSNBC's Keith Olbermann did a couple of days earlier.
UPDATE: Howard Kurtz is backing Garvin's account - One person who was there tells me Garvin had it right, which doesn't exactly make the critics look fair and balanced.
UPDATE: Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star says Garvin is all wet and claims to have the tape that proves it. This post is noteworthy because Barnart backed up his post with "raw tape" mp3s of the "scrum" after Ailes presentation.
UPDATE: Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center demands an apology from the TCA to Roger Ailes.
UPDATE: Brian Lowry of Variety takes the indirect route to challenging Garvin by taking issue with Brent Bozell's "open letter" to the TCA demanding an apology to Roger Ailes.
UPDATE: Hal Boedeker of The Orlando Sentinel says Garvin got it wrong - there was no walkout just a bunch of fatigured TV critics
UPDATE: Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post says Garvin has a vivid imagination.
UPDATE: Glenn Garvin corrects de Moraes in a letter to Romensko, saying he did not report "anyone heckled Roger Ailes" or use "the expression 'walked out.' He continues "Neither that, nor the combative exchanges that followed...were the product of my imagination."
The Olbersphere weighs in...
The Cable Game - [Fox News recent ratings surge] must make these overgrown toddlers referenced in Glenn Garvin's must-read Miami Herald piece on Fox chief Roger Ailes' address at the TCA even more in need of a nap and a bottle...
The Cable Game - so now the critics who walked out of the Fox session at the TCA are realizing that maybe their elementary-school antics are making them look bad...so what do they do? Why, they employ the timeless passive-aggressive tactic of attacking the messenger!...
TVN - "Further Ammo For" FNC's "Contention That It's Treated Unfairly In The Press"
ICN - Garvinâ€™s response in particular is interesting because it gives more color to what was going on at the FNC TCA eventâ€¦
"One of the areas in which your competition feels you might be vulnerable is in demographics where they point to your ratings and say that you tend to, particularly on primetime, load up on older viewers who are outside the demographic and that your lead over them in the key demographics that really drives revenue isn't as great. Does that concern you?
TVN then tries to spin that as "proof" that he has been right to portray the cable news ratings race as a battle over the 25-54 demo.