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  • Roger Ailes Is the Worst Boss Ever

    By now you have probably seen this story about Fox News honcho Roger Ailes trying to convince then-not-disgraced Gen. David Petraeus to run for president in 2012, with his help. (This was a Washington Post exclusive, filed in their Style section, for some reason.)

    Nobody should be surprised that Ailes would want to feed his ego by masterminding a presidential run, or that Petraeus brushed him off (he's stupid enough to have an affair with his biographer, but not stupid enough to think he'd gain any credibility by running for president on Roger Ailes' command).

    What IS surprising is that Ailes allegedly sent a Fox News national security analyst, KT McFarland, to deliver his suggestion to Petraeus. Which she did! And now Ailes is trying to throw McFarland under the bus, because that's the kind of boss he is:

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    Tags: David Petraeus, Fox News, Roger Ailes
  • Roger Ailes Outs Self as Brilliant Meta-Comedian

    Like most people, I think I always harbored a teeny tiny little bit of suspicion that Fox News is a big hoax. Some Magic Christian-like millionaire's idea of a hilarious joke to play on the world. Think about it. The actual Fox and Friends is sillier than the SNL parody of it. And are we really supposed to believe that Sean Hannity is non-animatronic?

    But, because they were all so good at staying in character and keeping their poker faces in place, I continued on with the assumption that they were being straight. However, there's only so much I'm willing to swallow, and this quote from Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes definitely shows their hand

    "It's day to day for us," Ailes tell us. "We don't — I know no one believes it — we have no agenda. If he runs into a burning building tomorrow and saves four kids, he's gonna be the biggest goddamn hero Fox News ever saw. But if he leaves four guys behind on the battlefield but can't explain it, then he's gonna have a problem with Fox News."

    "I don't mind praising the guy and I don't mind questioning the guy," says Ailes. "It's day to day."

    Alright, alright, you got me. You got all of us. But this time you went too far. Nobody is going to believe that quote is for real. So, how about you take off that ridiculous costume and make-up and show us who you really are? Is that you, Ashton Kutcher?

    Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Fox News, Roger Ailes
  • Jon Stewart Compares The Daily Show to Fox News

    The Daily Show and Fox News. They probably don't fit easily into the same compartment inside your brain compartment area. Obviously, one is a laugh-out-loud hilarious take on the world around us, and the other is a show that comes on Comedy Central Mondays through Thursdays at 11/10c. (This.)

    But they actually have more in common than you might think. At least, according to Jon Stewart in an interview he recently did with Rolling Stone

    "We are both reactions to the news and to government," he says. "We're both expressions of dissatisfaction. [Roger Ailes'], I think, happens to be a slightly more powerful version [laughs.]… Ailes was a strategist for Nixon. He comes from the seat of power, and he understands how important the narrative is. We come from comedy, so our natural instinct is not to understand that, and to be bratty. That goes a long way towards explaining the difference between the two organizations."

    And they're both run by people who are pretty unhappy with the way Barack Obama has been governing the country. Though, for what I imagine are pretty different reasons…

    Obama has been a disappointment to Stewart. "He ran on this idea that the system and the methodology are corrupt," he says. "It felt like the country was upset enough that he had the momentum needed to re-evaluate how business is done. Instead, when he got elected, he acted as though the system is so entrenched that it has to be managed rather than — I don't want to say decimated, because I'm not an anarchist or a nihilist. But I'm surprised at how much he deferred to the legislative process."

    And then of course, there's that thing about them both featuring Republican puppets. (This.)

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    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

    Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Fox, Jon Stewart, Roger Ailes, The Daily Show, Video
  • Quote Unquote: Ira Glass Mit Uns

    Fox News president Roger Ailes stands up to the great evil of our day, NPR

    "They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive."

    NPR like Nazis? Of course. Of. Course. I mean, doesn't the "N" in NPR stand for "Nazi"? I'd always assumed it did, because they're so of coursedly like Nazis in the way that they're always telling bittersweet stories about small pockets of American life and constantly invading Poland.

    Consider this: Have you ever noticed that NPR is a place you go to — almost like a camp — that makes you think hard — or concentrate? Do you need any more proof?


    Tags: Air America, Fox, Nazis, NPR, Quote Unquote, Roger Ailes
  • Sarah Palin, Fox News Only Manage to Completely Destroy MSNBC and CNN by a Little

    A lot of people were probably expecting Sarah Palin to be good for Fox News, but I doubt many people were expecting this

    Debuting on Tuesday's "O'Reilly Factor," the former vice presidential candidate drew almost 4 million viewers more than doubling the combined total of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and CNN's Campbell Brown.

    The following evening on "Glenn Beck," Palin attracted over 3 million — at 5PM!

    Ha! What a miserable failure. Well, I guess we won't be seeing any more of her again on Fox. I assume Roger Ailes has learned his lesson and will henceforth be changing the network's format.

    Glad that national nightmare is over and is not just slowly building up a head of steam while the Democratic party slowly disintegrates. Whew!


    Tags: Bill O'Reilly, CNN, Fox, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Roger Ailes, Sarah Palin