Video: Ailes defends Beck, goes after Huffington for 'nasty' remarks on blog

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On Sunday, ABC’s This Week became pretty intense at one point, when president of Fox News Channel Roger Ailes and Huffington Post boss Arianna Huffington went at it over Fox News host Glenn Beck’s style of broadcasting. The topic about the Fox News Channel’s relationship with the White House started it all up. (transcript and video below):


ROGER AILES: And we have a dialogue everyday with them…

BARBARA WALTERS: Aw shucks…it was more fun the other way around.

AILES: Well, I’ll pick a fight if you want. I’d be happy to get into one, but I think there will be others. We have differences, but… 


ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: But Roger, it’s not the question of picking a fight. Aren’t you concerned about the language that Glenn Beck is using?—which is, after all , inciting the American people. There’s a lot of suffering out there, as you know, and when he talks about people being slaughtered, about who is going to be next in the killing spree…

AILES: Well, he’s talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people, so I think he was probably accurate…

HUFFINGTON: No, he was talking about this administration.

AILES:…also I think he speaks English. I don’t know but I mean,  I don’t misinterpret any of his words. He did say one unfortunate thing which he apologized for, but that happens in live television, so I don’t think it’s a…I think if we start going around as the word police, in this business, it will be a…

HUFFINGTON: It’s not about the word police. It’s about something deeper. It’s about the fact that there’s a tradition that historian Richard Hofstadtersaid in American politics of the paranoid style, and the paranoid style is dangerous when there is real pain out there with…

AILES: I agree with you. I read something on your blog that said I look like J. Edgar Hoover, I had a face like a fist, and I was essentially a malignant tumor, and then it got nasty after that.

HUFFINGTON: Well, that was never by anybody that we approved.

AILES: Then, it really went nasty, and I thought, ‘gee, maybe Arianna ought to cut this out.’

I find it interesting that Ms. Huffington said the individual who had posted the offensive remarks Mr. Ailes was referring to is not just some commenter but an actual Huffington Post blogger. He is Bill Mann, a TV-radio critic for Here is the portion of the January 12 post Mr. Ailes was referring to. (bolding is mine):

For years, we’ve heard much about former Bush advisor/now Fox Commentator Karl Rove, aka “Bush’s Brain.” But we haven’t heard nearly enough about the secretive, security-encircled Ailes, who’s arguably done more to spread fear and hatred in this country than anyone since Joe McCarthy.

J. Edgar Hoover lookalike Ailes, who has a face like a clenched fist, is a long-time TV veteran who once produced Mike Douglas’ inane chat show (the late George Carlin mentions Ailes’ unpleasant demeanor way back then in his recently released “Last Words”). Ailes has used cynical but well-worn TV tactics to pump up his cable carnival-attraction net’s ratings: fear and eye candy.

The fear part we know about. The Dick Cheney types and apologists who populate Fox Noise. Many Americans are, we’ve seen since 9-11, easily scared. (Has anyone else noticed CNN’s desperate-looking, ridiculously overblown terror-intensive coverage the past two weeks? )

If this is someone Ms. Huffington and her staff did not “approve”, someone better tell them the poster has figured out how to get into the back end of the Huffington Post  and make s very legitimate looking blog to the website.


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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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