“Aren’t you concerned about the language that Glenn Beck is using, which is, after all, inciting the American people?” Huffington asked him. “He did say one unfortunate thing, which he apologized for, but that happens in live television. So I don’t think it’s…I think if we start going around as the word police in this business, it will be…”
Then Huffington added:
"It’s not about the word police. It’s about something deeper. It’s about the fact that there is a tradition as the historian Richard Hofstadter said, in American politics, of the paranoid style. And the paranoid style is dangerous when there is real pain out there."
Ailes responded by citing HuffPo commenters.
“I agree with you,” he said. “I read something on your blog that said I looked like J. Edgar Hoover, I had a face like a fist, and I was essentially a malignant tumor…Then it really went nasty, and I thought, gee, maybe Arianna ought to cut this out.”
You really should watch this video here. It's long, but the look on her face is priceless.
Arianna responded to Ailes' comments: “That was not by anybody we approved of..”
Then, later, near the 11:40 mark, she said:
“Words matter. And words that are actually being used by people we hire are different than words that are being used by commenters on our site like you mentioned.”
Trouble is, the words Ailes is talking about are from this article:
What “Ailes” Cable News? Rupert Murdoch’s Evil Genius
Bill MannTV-Radio Critic,
Posted: January 12, 2010 01:28 PM
“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.”
Then there’s Fox’s sexy visuals. A look at Fox’s commentator/anchor lineups shows a predominance of attractive blondes (long called “newsbabes” in TV newsrooms), but these blondes, who cynically appeal to the network’s testosterone-poisoned male demo, are willing to be venal and nasty — e.g., Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, and disgraceful human oddity Ann Coulter.
“Unleashing the likes of sideshow attraction Glenn Beck, schoolyard bully Bill O’Reilly, and Gumby lookalike Sean Hannity on the airwaves is something traditional broadcasters would have never done – back in the days when the FCC actually yanked people’s licenses, that is.
So, while Fox News, as the Times story stresses, may be a financial success story, it’s also a malignant tumor on the body politic. For that you can thank Roger Ailes.”
Then, in an attempt to further this lie, they posted an article:
Roger Ailes On "This Week": Defends Glenn Beck, Insists Fox Is No Longer At War With Obama
Lamenting the “word police” tone of the questions being lobbed his way, Ailes would go on to note that he had been subject to some ridicule on the pages of the Huffington Post. The offending remark, a review of the site showed, came from an anonymous commenter and, unlike Beck, not by anyone on this news organization’s payroll.
oh.my.gawd! What a friggin lie. Either it was a lie or they are the worst investigators/researchers, evah!
(And did you notice all of the ugly personal attacks directed at the employees of FOX in Mann's article? I can tell you this - no one turned me off of Obama faster than his supporters did on Huffington Post.)
UPDATE: LOL! Good thing for screen caps! Now they have changed it to read:
"Lamenting the "word police" tone of the questions being lobbed his way, Ailes would go on to note that he had been subject to some ridicule on the pages of the Huffington Post. The offending remark did not come from anyone on the Huffington Post's payroll and, was on top of it, misquoted by Ailes."
Give me a friggin break! What happened to *words matter* Arianna? They don't matter as long as you aren't paying someone to write them, even though they are on your web site? And what is this crap, "was on top of it, miquotes by Ailes." Are they friggin KIDDING? He wasn't quoting the friggin article, he was retelling some phrases/words he had read on HuffPo. Good gawd....he *misquoted*...misquoted what? It sounds spot on to me.
What a joke.