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Roger Ailes Attacks Jon Stewart

November 19th, 2010

Fox New  Chief Roger Ailes attacked Jon Stewart.  Now that’s right up there with attacking Bill Clinton.  Don’t do it. 

Basically, here’s what it was over:

 

When Jon Stewart was appearing on the O’Reilly Factor a few weeks back, he stopped by Roger Ailes’ office for an hour-long chat about politics.   

“He’s obviously really, really smart,” the Fox News chairman says. “He openly admits he’s sort of an atheist and a socialist. He once told me he would’ve voted for Norman Thomas.”

Ailes was appraising the Daily Show star in a friendly, good-natured tone. But that tone changed when the conversation turned to Stewart’s continuous carping about the excesses of cable news:   

“He hates conservative views. He hates conservative thoughts. He hates conservative verbiage. He hates conservatives.”    

There was more.   

“He’s crazy. If it wasn’t polarized, he couldn’t make a living. He makes a living by attacking conservatives and stirring up a liberal base against it.”   

I tried to interrupt.   

“He loves polarization. He depends on it. If liberals and conservatives are all getting along, how good would that show be? It’d be a bomb.”    

But Stewart played clips of MSNBC as well as Fox at his Washington rally last month, casting them as part of the “24-hour politico, pundit, perpetual panic conflictinator.” He says his concern is not the ideology of cable channels but the tone of the discourse.   

“Oh, horseshit,” Ailes shot back. “Look what he does to Sarah Palin.” If Stewart wants to go after cable hosts for the entertainment value, fine, “but don’t give me a social speech on the steps of the Washington Monument. Don’t lapse into non-comedy.”

Nice guy!  Not!  Actually Ailes sort of has a hell of a nerve.  He has people on all day editorializing and president bashing and pretending they are news…and he takes a shot at Jon Stewart?  At least Stewart is upfront about who he is and what he is all about.  Can Ailes make that claim for himself and his gang of merry character assassinators?

Is Roger Ailes really in any position to be castigating Jon Stewart over his treatment of anyone?  Jon Stewart is a comedian and claims to be nothing else.  Ailes runs a 24 hour cable network that claims to be news and commentary,  He often confuses the two.  As for feeling sorry for Palin, when does Palin not take a shot at someone who isn’t a Republican?  When her lips are closed.

 Strange indeed that Fox News would be so self-revealing.

 

  1. Kelly3406
    November 19th, 2010 at 19:00 | #1

    I appreciate a CEO who avoids political correctness and calls a spade a spade. Frankly, I agree with Roger Ailes on this and have never understood your infatuation with Jon Stewart.

    • November 19th, 2010 at 21:21 | #2

      @Kelly

      I think he is hilarious.

      Just out of curiosity, who do you like or think is funny?

  2. Bear
    November 19th, 2010 at 21:47 | #3

    Ailes calls a spade a spade but it comes out F@#$%&G Shovel. He only knows how to disparage someone like calling them a Nazi or Communist. Can you really blame Beck or Hanaday with someone like him as a leader. Why should they contain themselves?

  3. November 19th, 2010 at 22:40 | #4

    Ailes just brings a whole new low to what we used to call journalism. I don’t like people who lack professional standards like Ailes.

  4. Kelly3406
    November 21st, 2010 at 10:05 | #5

    I think Adam Sandler is funny and talented, plus I don’t really know his politics, which I appreciate.

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