November 17th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
8 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. ingrid

    Roger Ailes is a wind bag. How in the world is Obama is far left of France? Come on. Give some examples. This attack on Obama has NO merit. Obama's health care cannot compare to the programs offered in France which offer so much more to the French than what Obama 's plan offers. Ailes has no credibility.

    November 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Realistic

    Mr. A can try to pretend that his propaganda network is a real news network but its like trying to say a fox is not a fox but a camel. Fox is not a real news network and it will never be. They only attack Democrats and that's it. If they, Fox was a real news network, they would of done real reporting on the bush admin when they were in office. And Mr. A is a throw back of the propaganda of the Germans back in the day. Mr. A learned that if enough propaganda is spewed for long enough, people may buy it. The problem is for Mr. A is that unlike the Germany propaganda machine back in the day, we Americans have a choice. Mr. A is a what he is, anti-choice, anti-.....The former president is just following protocol when leaving office, no former president attacks a sitting president, its called protocol. However, the same is not done for former presidents, especially one that led the country in to financial mess. The former president can write as many books as he wants and it still will not change the facts, he was a disaster as a president.

    November 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Absurd

    "When you can't tell your friends from your enemies it's time to go."

    Ailes and his network are destroying America. The very claim proves he's either losing it, in complete denial, or intentionally trying to create conflict.

    November 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. AEK

    And you wonder why Fox News is the way it is? This guy is an even bigger idiot than the people he has hired.

    November 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Kate

    Why would anyone be surprised by these comments? Fox News is not news, and neither are it's antics. Shameless. Completely shameless. What a buffoon.

    The expression, "If you'd like to know what God thinks of money, consider who he gives it to" comes to mind.

    November 17, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. airbornevet

    Wow, is this guy off his rocker or just pushing his businesses agenda of 'news' or what is actually called publicizing for the Republican Party.

    November 17, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. David

    Reminds me of Boss Hog, what a dispicable low life. I can't believe that the GOP sheep follow such lying morons.

    November 17, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Joesnopy

    Ailes is a big month joke people. Fair and balance is a joke. Fixnews is a joke. What about all the lies Fixnews sent out building up to the war in Iraq. Where are the WMD Ailes.

    November 17, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Papa Rich

    Ummm, fair and balanced? lol. Attack the President and defend poor old President Bush down on his farm. What a dope.

    November 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Living in America

    Wow if this was a socialist country he wold be in jail. Fox news would be Ox news. Well Bush did admit that the bank bailout started with him so was the President wrong to say that.

    November 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. stacy

    This guy is a liar and anyone with half a brain knows it.....

    November 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Baby Boomer

    The bigotry and hatred in the United States absolutely amazes me. How on earth we thought we had made progress is amazing to me too. We are not a role model for any other country to look up to. Obviously, there are still millions of simple minded folks in the U.S. rich, poor, young and old. President Obama can not win no matter what he does or says. I am in awe of his courage, class, intellect and restraint because a lesser man would have told these angry bigots where to go by now. He is a CLASS ACT and Ailes definately IS NOT...

    November 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Chandler02

    It is such a joke that Fox has always been "more direct" with Presidents. They used to read talking points from the Bush adminstration WORD FOR WORD!

    November 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Anything that mealy mouthed corporate shill has to say is unimportant, and not worthy of notice by any intelligent person.

    November 17, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Allen in Hartwell GA

    How in the heck does someone this ignorant get to the position he is in? Maybe he has just been listening too much to his programs and AM hate radio.

    November 17, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Roger Ailes,

    Take time to read the Constitution of the United States of America and thoroughly comprehend what you are reading. The Consitution is a socialist document, therefore, President Barack Obama is in full compliance with the law of the land. Romans 13 states that we are to "obey the laws of the land" and to "pay taxes that are due."

    November 17, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Jason Chicago

    Ailes has a penchant for hyperbole methinks....

    November 17, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Mendrys

    Should we expect any different? This is holding true to Fox News strategy to report something as truth when there is no basis for a lot of what they report. He was "Kicked" out of Mumbai? Really? So exactly how was he kicked out of Mumbai? Any quotes from the Indian government where they say they asked Obama to leave? Has had 3000 press secretaries when he has had only 1? Germany and France saying that he is too solialist for them? Really, Have any quotes from Merkal or Chirac to back that up? NO. There aren't any but that doesn't mean that he'll continue to make stuff and spout it as fact.

    November 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Michael

    Why is it so hard for Fox news to just tell the news instead of promoting the news the way they want you to hear it. It's not their place and if they ever decided to get those racist pigs Limbaugh and Beck off the air it would seem like a miracle happened. They are all a big bunch of liars!

    November 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. tony

    I wonder why it say "news" on the photo background.

    November 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Really? I'd like to see some links of the French telling Obama that he was a far-left socialist. And also, do you remember WHY we attack Bush and hate him so much? 9-11? Five dollar gas? What a fat lying slug. I bet he hates Obama just for being thin.

    November 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Rosslaw

    The Iranians, North Koreans and Al Quada sure think that W did a fine job as well. You'll never hear them bad mouthing W and his ilk.

    November 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. keeth in cali

    "When the press falls in love, they fall in love hard." Like Fox News and 9/11-Iraq. Like Fox News and 3000 staff and 34 warships to accompany Obama to India. Like Fox News and death panels (which are now convening in Arizona). And because he never heard an Obama speech that didn't blame Bush, that means Obama has blamed Bush in all of his speeches, everywhere for the last 2 years. Yep, he's the head of Fox News, alright. He lies and claims opinion as absolute fact. Classic neocon.

    November 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Wm Scot

    And we care about what he has to say. This guy ( just look at him ) is the picture of the Republican Party ! The greedy corporate SOB that has give millions to the party of NO and hires pretty with blond women to give out the party line in the guise of ( fair and balanced ) reporting. Give me a break !!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. bppack

    the guy obviously has no connection to reality...and he is president of a "news" agency? god help us.

    November 17, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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