November 17th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
12 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. Mike in Albany

    Hey Rupert, how much did you pay this guy to say this?

    How much did you donate to the Republican party this year?

    I know that you have plenty of Americans fooled into thinking that Fox opinion is news, but it's not. Stop deflecting, address the fact that you're an extension of the "Conservative" movement.

    With no respect,

    November 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Sam

    You know when Fox news is lying or making up news when Ailes talks!

    November 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. gnomepark

    I work for FOX news and this guy is an idiot.

    November 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. blarkin

    Fair and unbalanced ?

    November 17, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    This guy is pure evil. He spouts opinion as if its news.

    November 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Steve

    Why when someone crticizes the President is it referred to as "attacking" him? If anything, it's his BELIEFS AND HIS STYLE OF GOVERNANCE that's ultimately being attacked. The media is irresponsible in this sense- as if a criticism means you must hate Obama as a person, or that you're a racist. Ridiculous. Personally I like President Obama, but I think he's a terrible President- he has no governing experience, is way too partisan, and doesn't really understand the realities of foreign policy.

    November 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Ellid

    Ailes is lying. The President and his policies would be considered center-right in any other industrialized country, and Ailes knows it. When is Fox going to drop the absurd falsehood that they're either fair or balanced? And why has America tolerated having a company owned by an Australian become the propaganda wing of the Republican party?

    November 17, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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