November 17th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Fox News chief: Obama's 'socialism' left of France

(CNN) – Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes isn't holding back when it comes to his opinion of President Obama, saying in a recent interview that he espouses a version of "socialism…too far left" even for some European countries.

"The president has not been very successful," Ailes told Howard Kurtz, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. "He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with."

The comments constituted part of Ailes' argument that Fox News is a fair and balanced news network that criticizes the president not because he is a Democrat but because the network merely reflects the fact that Obama "just has a different belief system than most Americans."

Meanwhile, Ailes added that it has always been his network's policy to "be more direct" in challenging commander-in-chiefs, no matter their party affiliation.

He also suggested the rest of the news media is only now beginning to report accurately on the president.

"He's had 3,000 press secretaries since he got into office," Ailes also said. (For the record, Robert Gibbs has been Obama's only press secretary so far.) "He's making it harder for the press to make him look good. When the press falls in love, they fall in love hard. They're like teenagers in love. It's like the old Frankie Lymon song, 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love?'"

Ailes also came to former President George W. Bush's defense, saying Obama has relentlessly attacked the "poor guy."

"This poor guy, sitting down on his ranch clearing brush, gained a lot of respect for keeping his mouth shut. I literally never heard an Obama speech that didn't blame Bush," he said.


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  1. Santex

    I am no fan of the current president nor am I enamored with our most recent past president. That being said the only people being fooled by Fox's "Fair and Balanced" is Fox themselves.

    My experience has been that if I have to constantly remind you that I am honest, then I probably am not.

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. me

    Wow, this is all YOU guys can come up with?? Report about the incoming republican congressman Andy Harris Whine-a-lot who is complaining that his health insurance doesn't kick in right away???

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Mike, Albany

    Wow, just when I didn't think it was possible for Faux News to sink any lower, they've managed to do it. If their news chief is making things up about Obama that are provably false, then I think the onus is now on them to demonstrate that everyone underneath this guy is not doing exactly the same. If they cannot do this, shut down the whole network.

    The fact is that for all of the energy and resources Faux News consumes running their network, they give nothing of value back to society. Rather, they launch a daily assault on the average IQ in America, systematically lowering it to conform with the level of their conservative agenda. They should be investigated for complicity in a slew of crimes, including the murder of abortion service providers, the murder of innocent muslims and seikhs, acts of vandalism, sabotage, and slander, and many other things that result from their style of "reporting".

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. I Back Obama

    Fox News, LOL, LMAO, ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Charles Hailey

    This guy is absolutely ludicrous....has no clue at all what he talks about.

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. me

    Faux is the new sister netwok of CNN

    November 17, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Russ

    What an idiot! But then he works for Fox, enough said.

    November 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. lazminit03

    If it isn't one thing, it's another...

    November 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Jbird

    CNN- In the future, please place any news about this big bag of wind, in the entertainment section. Nothing serious. Merely good for a chuckle.

    November 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. TM

    And how many times did Fox criticize Bush? Sadly ironic that Ailes would comment on Bush 'sitting down on his ranch clearing brush', since that's EXACTLY what GWB was doing during the two worst disasters in the US during his Administration, 9/11 and Katrina. If Bush had spent less time ON VACATION, an more time DOING HIS JOB, this country might not be going through so much trouble. It's pretty pathetic to blame the guy trying to clean up the mess while praising the guy that made the mess. Ailes, you are a LYING DIRTBAG!

    November 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Gezus

    I support this man wholeheartedly. Exposing the socialist agenda is imperative to educating the people of this Presidents true agenda. Keep up the good Fight FOX. Many watch and are in agreement!

    November 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Not All Docs Play Golf

    This man is garbage. Fox news has done nothing except divide our country by telling lies to the dumb.

    November 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    AAawww Porky defends ' poor Bush' ... how sweet Porky! "He's had 3,000 press secretaries since he got into office," Ailes also said. (For the record, Robert Gibbs has been Obama's only press secretary so far.) " yeah nothing but the Porky truth!

    November 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Shari from Madison

    "Bush a 'poor guy?' Give me a break! The beginnings of all our problems goes back to the time Bush was President. Fox is not a news network, it is an elitist ultra conservative run business. They are not happy unless everyone agrees with everything they say. If they had there way they would put President Obama in chains and call him Toby. They also want women back in the kitchen or they like ditz' like Palin. If fox had it's way we would be back in the 1910's and 20's. This attack on President Obama is no more than an idiot talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    November 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. At a loss

    How does someone so far removed from reality manage to become as wealthy and influential as this guy? When people like this manage to climb to the top, you have to wonder about our nation and our people. SAD.

    November 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Leo

    ....Says the guy that doesn't look like he needs a tax break extension because he is struggling...

    November 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Eric

    The only thing that's 'left' is this guy's handle on reality.

    November 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. AEJ

    This moran needs to take a look in the mirror. He is such a big, fat ugly wretch.

    November 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Not my Real Name

    Dude looks like somebody hit him upside his head with a shovel

    November 17, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. goforit

    Yea Fair and Balanced. Who does he think he's kidding? The sheepeole on the right might buy it, but no one else will.

    November 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. RG

    Fair & balanced all right

    November 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Ben in Texas

    Roger Ailes attempts to re-write history. The truth is that Faux Noise is the mouthpiece of the Repugnant Party. It is totally slanted against the duly elected President of the United States. It will stoop to any level, tell any lie, and degrade itself to any degree in the service of rich right wingers like Roger Ailes. Faux Noise and Ailes believe that they can control the perception of truth by consistently lying their butts off, and thus enslave America.

    Roger Ailes, this is a free country, and you will never take us back into slavery, as you aspire to do.

    November 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Dean

    I've never heard a conservative's speech that didn't blame Obama... It's called 'misdirection'.

    November 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Lucas Breen

    Ailes is not a news man. He is a political hack whose Republican party activities go way back to the low-brow politics of Richard Nixon. The idea that someone with so little depth and so few qualifications is the head of such a powerful news organization is scary. It truly spells the end of any illusion that this is an objective and fairminded source of news.

    November 17, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    since WHEN did FoxNews ever challenge something that President Bush did? How often have they even reported something negtive on ANY Republican or someone that leans to the right? The only press that tries to make President Obama look bad is FoxNews and they know this. They went after him from day one. I don't agree with everything Obama has done so far, but give me a break. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a neddle than to find a positive story on FoxNews about President Obama. Ailes is a sorry bitter right wing hack and it shows. More REAL news stations are calling Fox out on their reporting and lack of using facts and I think it might be getting to Ailes.

    November 17, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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