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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soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Matt P

    Thats a face only the Devil could love.

    November 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Michael Brown

    Typical rhetoric – Let's bring back Bush as it's time for more wars. We can also allow Wall Street to continue draining the life out of the economy; bring Palin in as his VP. That will allow us to see Russia from her home – we will be able to keep a direct eye on that country. John (I am just a maverick) McCain can be the Head of State. Good Luck!

    November 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Chris~Albany, NY

    Wow...you can't believe a single word out f this man's mouth. It's to funny...kind of like Republicans...go figure!

    November 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    But Faux News is "fair and balanced!
    If there is/was any doubt, in any Independent's mind as to whether or not Faux News is/was an agent of the ultra "Right" wing of Republican/NeoCon dogma, this should clear things up. Faux News is to fair and balanced what Glen Beck is to sanity and truth, what Sarah Palin is to intellect and leadership, what Oliver North is to Law and Order, what Shepard Smith is to heterosexuality...

    PLEASE!

    November 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. carlos

    thank god for fox news fair and balance leadership – yeah poor GWB – after all what did he do wrong? besides going into 2 unpaid wars, a war of choice and taking the country into the ditch?

    November 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. PacificView

    This man is an idiot. Please report that Fox news.

    November 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Jeff adlder

    Fox has a news dept?

    November 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Dustin "America Loving Liberal"

    Oh my god!!! What a load of bull.

    November 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    BOSS HAWG HATH SPOKEN!!!!

    "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."

    LOL. If anyone can find footage of Faux railing against Bush and Cheney the way they have against Obama, they deserve a giant gold star for the day. Seriously. Faux had it's proverbial lips any tighter around the Bush administration's...ummm...policy pole...like the cure for cancer was going to squirt out at any moment.

    BTW, CNN, it's 'commaderS-in-chief" not "commander-in-chiefS."

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Kris

    "Poor Bush"??? Really? He said "The poor guy is on his ranch, clearing brush"??? OMG! GW Bush is the reason we are in this mess! Don't be one bit surprised if America (who suffers from political amnesia) doesn't re-elect another republican right back into the White House. Frankly, not surprised that a person from FOX said that anyway. FOX is not really News anyway....

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Scott

    Now I know why I do not watch Fox News

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. janderso

    Like many other people, Roger Ailes is confused. Far from being a socialist, Obama is really an Eisenhower Republican; this is why he has disappointed the liberals. After over forty years of the Republicans and the rest of the country moving rightward, this puts Obama far left of what Ailes and most other people consider the center. Indeed, ol' Roger wouldn't recognize a real socialist if one jumped up and bit him in his big butt.

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. John

    Fair and Balanced?

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Dragonfire

    This article is the absolute truth.

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. JR

    No wonder Fox hires lowlifes like Beck, O'Rielly and Palin, the moron in charge is worse than they are.

    November 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Alex

    What planet is this guy on? Everything he says is totally false. Oh yeah – he's from Faux News, so it makes sense that he's just pulling stuff out of his big butt.

    November 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. vic nashville tn

    Yes he can’t let it go his 2 million investment like that

    November 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Larry

    This fugly piece of dreck should keep his fat yap shut. He represents all that is wrong with America. A rich old white fat stupid republican (or worse, a member of "The White Annoying Teabaggger" party) who has nothing better to do but accurse our president of falsehoods. This cheif of the False News Network would serve his country well if he would go jump in a lake. But better not, that might cause a tidal wave of epic proportion. Speaking of portions, I bet he can eat an entire homeless family in one sitting.

    November 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. samson

    The head of the republican propaganda station fox news thinks Obama is a socialist, funny fox news campaigned 24 / 7 against him and he still beat McCain, only time will tell if Obama can pull it off again 2012

    November 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Jacob

    hey Roger!
    thanks for poisoning the minds of stupid America!

    November 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. larry

    His "fair and balanced' network carried the water for the Bush administration and now the network is a part of the republican party.

    November 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. JR

    Love his statement about 3000 press secretaries, he's only off by 2999, does show true Fox accuracy, NOT

    November 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. John

    "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." Funny, don't remember any such thing when "W" was President!

    November 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Nicole Rossini

    Get real! If Obama is such a leftist, I must be an anarchist

    November 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Truth

    The chairman of Fox news huh? And Fox news is fair and balanced??? Uummmm...okaay. What would he say about the President if he weren't being "fair and balaced"? Or at least accurate?

    November 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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