Jan Scruggs
Memorial founder

Jan Scruggs

Founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

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Colleagues/competitors

Question: Not everyone at Fox News is celebrating the success of the cable channel's fastest rising and most controversial star. Is internal sniping inevitable when someone in an organization suddenly attracts attention or wins acclaim? How much criticism or jealousy from colleagues typically accompanies success?

Answer: Let's face the facts: in a competitive environment, the most popular face at the water cooler is not always the most successful person in the room. But why should the most successful person care? The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on, it is said.

Take a minute to consider the daily problem faced by Fox News broadcasters. They need an issue that will rile them up. They need to work up enough indignation to be entertaining to millions of people. They need to be persuasive, using defensible ideological grounds to win converts. And they have to do all of this more compellingly than their competitors, who are talking about the same issues, are most likely taking the same moral stance and are broadcasting to the same market of conservative activists.

So, yes, some jealously and criticism from colleagues is inevitable. It occurs to me that Oliver Wendell Holmes, a former Supreme Court justice and Civil War veteran, would probably look at Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the others as mere competitors in the "Marketplace of Ideas."

By Jan Scruggs  |  March 23, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  sniping Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Mr Scruggs says: "They (Fixed news) need to work up enough indignation to be entertaining to millions of people."

That is EXACTLY the reason their channels are blocked in my house. I don't find anything entertaining about their rhetoric.

As for the Palin babe, who needs her, and frankly, who cares what she says or does! She is really only popular among people who have limited critical thinking skills.

Posted by: PamelaN | April 2, 2010 10:46 AM
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Mr. Beck is an entertainer. His having enemies is like a singer or a clown having enemies. Kinda pointless unless your a singer or a clown and your envious of the other clown's success.

Posted by: kchses1 | March 24, 2010 12:49 PM
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