November 17th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
3 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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soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. brian

    Too bad he won't get fired like Jaun Williams and Rick Sanchez. Fair and balanced my a**. And as usual for Fox, his facts aren't even straight. Ailes needs to quit watching his own network and watch some other CREDIBLE news outlet.

    November 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Ramon F Herrera

    Mr. Ailes can go Faux himself.

    Long live CNN!!

    November 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Way to tell it like it is Roger!! I can hardly wait to see the looney leftists on this board go insane(r). But the drug ridden left that supports Obozo will always think his socialist policies are main stream even though the same policies have rendered Europe bankrupt and rioting in the streets as we speak. For these loons, it is all about how much they can get for nothing. They would not survive if not for the hard work of others to support them.

    November 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Bert Foxwell

    Yea, big government sucks, but these corporate moguls would rather the American people kiss their boots. The Private sector will destroy this country, they have already proved in every way that they cannot be trusted.

    November 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Duck Fallas

    I think we've found where Cheney's fat went.

    November 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. trainwreck

    when analyzed, obama is pretty close to the center. this obama is ssocialist thing is old and tiresome and well boring. as far as their statement that fox is challenging of all presidents, that is agreat joke. fox in general is like teh right wings version of the daily show, just not funny.

    November 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. R

    This explains why his network sucks.

    November 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Dean

    (For the record, Ailes means that most of the media has been touting Obama's so-called accomplishments since he became president...in effect, all of them acting as press secretaries.) Can any idiot get a job in the CNN Political Unit?

    November 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Hardball

    Mr. Obama should not grant this network any interviews.

    November 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Bradly

    “Fox News is a fair and balanced news network!” What a joke, anyone in that capacity should take a natural stands and not verbalize his hatred. It only shows that this media outlet is one side and what they represent. He just want to keep the Bush tax alive for his millions of dollars- Where is the respect for our president!

    November 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Ahhhh the magic of self-delusion. He makes very few points in the interview and most of them are wrong. Obama is not a Socialist, he's not to the left of France, his policies haven't failed, and the press has never been in love with him. The press gave a huge pass to the egregious errors of his predecessors. The only thing he has right is that he blames the previous administration for a lot...as the Republicans did for all 8 years of Reagan. Sorry, Roger, but it's going to take more than 2 years to clean up the mess your friends spent 8 years making. You're a hypocrite and a liar and the only "fools" are people who put any stock at all in the falsehoods you and your brownshirt network spew out as news.

    November 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Margaret

    If Obama has a "different belief system than most Americans" then why did most Americans vote for him?!?

    Thanks to the subversive agents at FAUX news, this country is moving to the right at a frightening speed. It's at the point where even Ronald Reagan could not get nominated for the Republican party to run for president these days for not being 'right' enough!

    Obama didn't get "kicked" anywhere – when will Ailes stop lying?

    November 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    What a bunch of crap, Ailes seems to believe the crap he hears on his own network...

    ...last time I checked 25% of crazy Republicans does not constitute a majority in this country, GEEZ, just because you make a lot of noise when you squeal, does not mean there are 10 of you, just one ill mannered and spoiled brat...

    ..."3000 press secretaries"...in fact Obama has had only one....LOL, what a joke this moron Ailes is, you know when people start believing that thier own crap doesn't stink, that is when they usually get a rude awakening...are you listening Ailes.

    November 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. EddyL

    Who is this fat slob? He's obviously a mental deficient.

    November 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. AO

    You sir are one fat right wing pig running the GOP propaganda machine.

    November 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. boocat

    Fox News Chief???? More like Chief of Misinformation and Lies......get real!

    November 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. jake

    Fox news = Nazi propoganda. Fox news= Nazi propoganda.

    November 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Brian, NJ

    So much for a "fair and balanced" new organization. All this guys sells is fear and paranoia, and old white people buy into it.

    November 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. burke

    I don't know if it was an attack. Sounds more like the truth.

    November 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. MelR

    You're kidding, right? Most of what Fox News puts on the air is biased opinion. Now and then they get a fact thrown in there by luck. The "socialism" comment is pretty far off the mark, and just parrots what Beck and the Tea Partiers throw out there, showing their lack of skill at understanding the definition and concept. I'm no fan of Obama at this point, but he sure is a good deal better than what these guys are saying. I can't wait to watch the debacle of "Palin in '12". Should be great fun.

    November 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Deb

    The Fox prez looks like he could use a little socialism–he needs to share some of that 'wealth' he wears about his middle!

    November 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Jared from Delaware

    Roger Ailes has just demonstrated how little he knows about socialism.

    But, I think that's typical of most fat, balding idiots in our country who blindly embrace capitalism, a system that has FAILED roughly 98% of the American populace time and time again as the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and our current real wages are less than they were in the 1970's after you control for inflation, etc.

    France, in particular, and all of the other European nations are already socialized to a large extent.

    Universal healthcare, strong pension systems and excellent social safety nets (unemployment systems, etc.) exist in all European countries.

    If Obama espouses a socialism that is "too far left for most European nations", then why have most European nations adopted nearly all of Obama's changes before Obama even was elected President?

    Roger Ailes = colossal moron

    November 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. john

    OK, even though it makes no sense at all.

    November 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Thomas in Vancouver

    What a surprise. Fox is run by an old, white, fat guy. Not a at all the image I get of Republicans or their supporters. If Obama has a different belief system than most Americans, how is that a bad thing? Their current beliefs have them slipping down the list of "Best countries to live in" and up the list of "Fattest S.O.B.s on the planet."

    November 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. stanc

    and this is why i now watch and listen to fox news, plus it has some good looking babes there, CNN, the communist news network is a total waste of time, even public TV has its problems, old guys and girls, they must go there before they retire,

    November 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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