In a recent Carnegie Mellon speech, former DNC chairman Howard Dean appeared to be auditioning for a job at Media Matters as he ripped Fox News yet another new one for their gossamer truthiness, calling the news channel "a very expensive, incredibly well-funded, right-wing propaganda organization."
Dean, still smarting from a presidential run derailed by the infamous Iowa "scream" speech, pointed out that across-the-spectrum media bias is not the problem, noting the overt biases of The New York Times, MSNBC, and The Wall Street Journal, but the intentional dissemination of falsehoods (such as the repeated hammering of the death-panel story) that Fox News traffics in is. He also tinkered with the semantics of the old Hillary Clinton "vast, right-wing conspiracy" line, saying it's not a conspiracy when you do things in the open.
Dean also wrote off the Tea Party as an angry, over-fifty-five, white, shrinking minority, saying that's why "they've gotten so off the deep end." Whether this is true or not, Dean can't discount the fact that it was another populist, grassroots movement that allowed him to even be a viable candidate back in '03-'04. With no real political commitments at the present time, look for plenty more candid speeches in the future from ol' screamin' Dean.