The accusations of reverse racism by FOX News against Shirley Sherrod were treated as fact in much the same way. They had the tape after all, just as Hearst had the “proof” on Orson Welles by his own broadcast. He had the pictures of the USS Maine sunk in Havana harbor (the result of the negligent storage of gunpowder in the heat, not sabotage and the Navy knew this) and everybody came to know what reefer madness would do to black men thanks to the “science” provided by Hearst. No matter that it was all lies designed to further Hearst’s ambitions.
So we have come full circle. The media is again in the hands of billionaires who have caused another Great Depression and they don’t want anything done about it. Hearst had seized the opportunity to de-legitimize the new medium of radio that FDR was using effectively to put forward the New Deal. FDR wasn’t shy about calling out the “economic royalists” like Hearst while the newspapers called FDR a communist and worse for helping the common man.