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. George

    Hmmmn... he must be sleeping with Murdoch.

    November 17, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Marcus

    'I literally never heard an Obama speech that didn't blame Bush' he said... Which means that he has not heard 9 out of 10. The 'poor guy' was an incompetent that, probably for the first time in the USA's HISTORY (and if I am wrong PLEASE somebody correct me) that dared to go to the war against another country and did not bothered to stablish ways to pay for the war effort...
    Not to mention that President Obama was not welcomed by the other Presidents/Prime Ministers and such due to the economic policy that obviously is a bad notice for OTHER countries, but not the US (at least in the short to medium range).
    In short, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes ideas and opinions about President Obama are as 'fair and balanced' as FAUX NEWS is.

    November 17, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Probama in Paradise

    "3,000 press secretaries since he's been if office."
    Fair and Balanced–you betcha!

    November 17, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. neonmadman

    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.

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

    Yes Roger, we can see how fair and balanced you are no matter their party affiliation.

    November 17, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Realist

    What a fat disgusting pig. Can anyone see the resemblance to John Wayne Gacy?

    November 17, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    With all due respect, this is not news worth reporting. Anyone familiar with the partisan drivel coming out of Faux News would not be surprised. What is disappointing is the CNN philosophy of remaining neutral at all times. Impartiality is fine and to be encouraged, so long as it doesn't prevent you from calling someone a liar when they lie.

    November 17, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. CaliforniaBC

    Just goes to show how ill-informed Fox Entertainment's administrators are. Now just imagine how misinformed that makes their listeners.
    France is not a socialist country, German isn't a socialist country, Spain is not a socialist country, the UK is not socialist....Perhaps the Fox "chief" needs to get out and see the world a little bit more before he begins comparing the US to other countries.

    November 17, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Realist

    Coming from a guy thats from the far right of facism that's probably a compliment

    November 17, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Ray

    FOX News is so fulkl of garbage they make Naples Italy look clean!!

    November 17, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Ray

    FOX News is so full of garbage they make Naples, Italy look clean!!

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

    Who is this nut? Doe'nt he know that President Obama was not criticizing Bush personally but his administration's policies which are not entirely decided by him (but approved by him). Another right wing nut.

    November 17, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. jimmy

    Fox news is fair and balanced, and always challenges Presidents? Are you serious? Are you for real??? Are you actually trying to fool everyone here by saying you "challenged" George Bush? Fox news was in bed! with Bush!! this channel is breeding embecilles and racists.

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

    absolutely and totally preposterous.............who is FOX kidding anymore..............anyone that would get their "news" from these people are CRAZY...........

    November 17, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. citizens united

    wow. shouldnt he get a 2 day suspension?

    November 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. beth

    This guy looks like and behaves like Clairabell the clown!! Obama's socialism is too far left??!!! I don't think so. Obama is a capitlaist if I've ever seen one. He's used the capitalist system to make a lot of money writing books and I believe he was a lawyer for awhile too. He has his kids in a private school, something an socialist doesn't do, and I would bet you anything he has a portfolio of investments as well. Not very socialistic I should say. No Mr. Ailes or should I say Alias (ha ha ha).The french and the Germans do not feel he is too far left for them. Where on earth did you get that falsehood. But then you are a liar, Mr. Alias. You don't even use your real name. Oh yeah, and your assumption that the press falls in love with varouis presidents is laughable. I suggest you go crawl back in the hole you just came out of.

    November 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Mike Kowalczyk, San Geronimo

    Pardon me for saying this, but, Ailes is a liar and his boss is a treasonous carpet bagger who should be expelled back to Australia. UK style tabloid trash would be amusing if it wasn't so Goebbels-like in this case. There are consequences to the lies that Murdoch and Ailes foment: they make America an uglier, more Un-American place.

    Mike Kowalczyk
    San Geronimo, CA

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

    This guy is seriously speaking out of his GOP hole. 1. Fox News is the rumor mill, they know it and so do their viewers, 2. Fox News is seriously unbalanced continuous coverage on negative issues exluding only things that have a right wing disadvantage- know one hears about the Alaskan separatist movement Palin was a member of, but everyone knows Rev. Wright, and Finally, Fox Corp contributes to the GOP along with its most cherished Neocons lautsprecher. The unfortunate thing is that viewers of this tabloid news company, never hold the company errors which are blatant accountable.

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

    so this is what a fascist sounds and looks like......
    BTW i live in France and believe me, here we are wondering how americans could be so stupid as to elect bush twice and then so many republicans again......Is Ailes been drinking? As he ever been to europe?

    November 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Rick

    Yep....poor George he was in office 8 years & screwed the whole country ....i would shut up also if i didn`t acoomplish a damn thing as President

    November 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. LIppie

    Eat another cow, you look under feed. You have a Game Show sir

    November 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. fitzjoe

    If an executive like him can make such incorrect statements to the public ( like 3,000 press secretaries, I do not think they have that many qualified people) the likelyhood of him making incorrect statements to his shareholders is very high. I would not invest a penny into his company stock.

    November 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. CBR

    Roger Ailes has questionable information in his remarks. If you stick with FOX News only, you will have a hard time finding truth from fiction.

    From Day one Fox has given certain commentators carte blanch. For him to turn around and attack President Obama is interesting since Fox is only critical of the President

    I am not attempting to take sides here but I do think we need use our best instincts when we read his article. This is political rhetoric and he is trying to tell us that the reporting on Fox is fair and accurate. We all know that truth and accuracy are not always part of the mindset of reporters for all news channels. It just so happens that FOX adds more of a twist to their stories.

    November 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. AGHAST

    If you're so fair-minded, why didn't you slam W. for that expensive drug prescription plan for seniors? Had Bill Clinton or Barak Obama come up with that entitlement program, you would have screamed like a banshee.

    November 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. johnkc

    Would you expect anything else from a Fox entertainment mouthpiece? These guys never met a republican they didn't like. All their newscasters are either republicans or lame below average democrats, that can't even put up a good argument to defend their position. All owned by a foreign national named Rupert Merdoch, that has successfully changed the coarse of american elections by the criminal propaganda that his network spews. We can all be proud that someone, not even from this country, through his wealth and assets, has pulled the right strings to make the election outcome of his desire.

    November 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Scott W., Reston, VA

    Does this man actually live in the same reality we do or is he that stupid?

    November 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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