The delusion that keeps Fox News boss Roger Ailes going: "They attack us" because we say "what the truth is"

Whatever you say, Rog

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 23, 2015 9:15PM (EDT)

 (AP/Reed Saxon)
(AP/Reed Saxon)

Roger Ailes has no clue why Fox News has so many detractors.

The head of the Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet told Variety that he found the amount of criticism leveled against Fox News shocking and insisted that his network provides “truth in the coverage.”

“We tend to say what the truth is, and it’s so shocking, they attack us,” Ailes said.

Ailes was promoting his network’s plans for a series of one-hour long interview specials with Fox News host Megyn Kelly slated to begin in 2016.

“Listen, Megyn is so good today that there is no interview I would not want her to do,” Ailes told Variety, calling the primetime star “instinctively right.”

Ailes revealed that although he “never did any research for the Fox News Channel” he knew “women at home, moms, like” Kelly and that “men find something to like about her,” praising her as “unique.”

Kelly “plays on a lot of levels” Ailes argued.

Ailes used Kelly’s self-professed neutral status as an Independent voter to bolster Fox News’ ludicrous claims as a “fair and balanced” news outlet:

We have the largest segment of independent viewers of any news channel, so that doesn’t surprise me at all There are Libertarians. There are Conservatives. There are Republicans. There are Democrats. We have Liberals. We even have a few Progressives. We have Liberals or Progressives under contract here, so no, I don’t try to tell and I don’t want to tell anybody how to vote or what to think. The other side of that – the left comes in here with every special-interest group and tries to tell me what to think – but I don’t tell anybody what to think. They can think what they want and say what they want.

Ailes went on to reveal the victimhood perspective that has besieged so many at the cable news powerhouse:

You tell the truth in the coverage and I don’t know how that falls. I mean, everything that the federal government is currently doing is broke. That’s a fact. Is that a conservative statement or a liberal statement? Liberals would say, well, that’s how conservatives think. No, it isn’t. It’s broke. Social Security is broke. The veterans are broke. The Army’s broke. Everybody is broke. Nobody really says that, but we tend to say what the truth is, and it’s so shocking, they attack us.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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