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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soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Just Sayin'

    Well, it certainly is obvious why Faux News is just that – faux news. This man is the Chairman of Faux News? What an idiot. His facts are just as ludicrous and off the deep end as are his entertainment employees' wacko comments. 'Birds of a feather'.

    November 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. CTYank

    Why would anyone take seriously what Roger's saying? He's made it abundantly clear that he has no interest in the truth, but in money, ratings, and obeisance to his corporate masters. Glenn Beck; what more need be said?

    Don't step in that, Roger.

    November 17, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. dwayne

    Who is this dude?

    November 17, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Phil in KC

    Oh, please. Ailes is so far right he can't even see the middle. He thinks Bob Dole is a moderate. His idea of 'fair and balanced' is to report on both the right and the far right. The guy is a joke and only those who subscribe to his radical-right views would take him seriously.

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. ABM

    Once again another critic. Exactly what do you propose instead? Do you have something tangible or just words & sound bites?

    Bring somehting to the table. If not – sit down and let this President ge the job done.

    BTW – If he had worked for me he would have had his office packed up and a pinkslip in his hand. No way I accept such overt bias from a person affiliated with a news channel.

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Chris

    lol, a "socialist" that signs a bill into law forcing people to buy a product from billion dollar corporations, yea.. some socialist.

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Laurie in Spokane

    What this man has said about Obama, and Fox news reporting in general, is no more than I'd expect from the head of a pseudo news organization. "Poor Man" (Bush) my foot. Bush DID do a lousy job and get this country in bad wars, bad relationships with allies and in a bad way economically here at home. Why can't these people just add something positive once in a while instead of always throwing garbage?

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. mrgmrgan56

    As with everyone at Fox News, this guy is so far right his eyes are slanted. Their views are as fascist as they get. Also, I get the impression they are not ready for a black President who is smarter than they are.

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. jboh

    Ailes is not a newsman. He wrote Newt's contract on America, and has always been a GOP hack. The fact that once again he lied about Obama's press sec. is further proof that FOX is the GOP propaganda net work. He, and is network is unAmerican in the exterme. I mean really extreme.

    November 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. LauraJT

    I'ts scary that this "news" outlet gets something like 70% of the market and they're not really "news" but a right-wing organization that panders to Republicans. People who watch Fox News and think they're actually getting news, people who listen to Rush Limbaugh because they don't "drink the kool-aid" of the "liberal media". The only liberal media is MSNBC and they don't get near the viewers or listeners of these quack operations. These people are being told what and how to think and they don't even realize it. For most liberals, Obama is far to willing to pander to the right-wing conservatives; he is most definitely NOT a socialist, nor is he a Muslum but most Fox viewers have come to believe them and they think they're "free thinkers". Hardly. Welcome to the Corporation of the United States, by the corporation, for the corporation and of the corporation. The great United States is now mostly made up of brain washed simpletons.

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Louise - Delaware

    Looks like a pig

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Ben

    I for one am sick of President Obama blaming Bush and the Republican party. I think most of America is sick and tired of it also. I tend to agree with this article as the past two years have shown me President Obama has his own persaonal agenda rather then listen to the American people's will. I have heard him apologize to the world, raise my insurance premium $10 bucks a month and that is only for starters, bend over to the will of foreign countires like Mexico, etc. His G20 summit should reveal many things about him and his socialistic ideals. When countries like South Korea and Germany tell him to take a hike it is a tell tale sign he is litterall out to change evry thing America is. I voted for the man but he will be a one term President if my vote helps.

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. dwayne

    GOP; Where are the jobs? JOBS JOBS

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. gate

    Have the FCC revoke his broadcast license. Then he will have something real to complain about.

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Frank

    Leaves me wondering if Ailes really does write the talking points or if he's just regurgitating the echo chamber. Years from now they'll study the groupthink that was Fox and conclude who the real socialists were.

    November 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Adalbert

    This fat pig knows how to make money, and that is what counts. Nothing else.

    November 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. 1969er

    What a blow-hard. Here he's trying to show that Fox News is not a shill for the Republicans, but demonstrates, through all these false allegations, that this is exactly what it is–and worse. This guy is as unAmerican as they come.

    November 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. vic nashville tn

    “He just got kicked from Mumbai”
    FOX news chief don’t read or watch international news sad I watched the full coverage president visit to India in IBN
    What he is saying is not true

    November 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. I voted for neither

    Dude, why do you have to post a close up of him that big? He's gonna eat me.

    November 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Guess Who

    We have government whose role is to tax and spend the money to benefit society. This is basically the dreaded Socialism some right wingers think is so evil. Fix the road with tax dollars, it does not matter if you are a millionaire or a minimum wage worker, we all benefit from safe roads. So how about dissolve government and privatize everything. Will it work? Build roads with controlled entry points and have people pay to use them. Rich folks live in gated communities with special private roads to connect them with their points of interest. This will leave poor folks to have dirt roads and slums as their points of interest? This cannot happen here in America and should not ever. So, as long as we will have a "Socialist form of Government" let it work for all people. Don't allow some folks subjective interest of 'less government' be the dominant. If you live in your gated community and can afford to pay Black Water to protect your mansion, good for you. Poor me, I need the police, along with my public school. Respect my subjective interest.

    November 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Good comments, and to a great extent, on the mark.

    November 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Sarah Palin's Common Sense

    What a freaking IDIOT!!!! Scary to think someone like or people who share his political views could possibly be the leaders of this fine country... #epic

    November 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    And FOX radical right wing national socialism boarders on being Nazi like!

    November 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Pretzel Logic

    Yes, this sounds very fair and balanced indeed. *rolls eyes*

    November 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Mike in NC

    Yes...this guy is right on the mark! That's why everybody hates people that speak the truth. Go Roger

    November 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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