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Will they turn it down and SHUT UP now?

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes said that he has told his network to "tone it down" in the wake of the shooting in Arizona, and that he hopes the "other side" will do so as well.

Ailes' comments appeared in a conversation with Russell Simmons that was published on Simmons' website, Global Grind. He said that any attempts to connect Fox News or the Tea Party to the shooting were "bullshit," and that "both sides" were responsible for extreme rhetoric.

But Ailes did say that he had issued a warning to Fox News staff.

"I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually," Ailes said. You don't have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that."


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 7:59 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Hopefully, EVERYBODY will.

    Answer by TARARENEE at 8:02 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Good. I hope everyone can calm down and we can start working together like adults to fix this country's issues. I doubt it but a girl can dream.


    Answer by Friday at 8:51 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • who has the left put crosshairs over?

    Or did you mean what states on a map did the left target like Palin did?


    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:19 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • What does he mean the other side? I thought Fox news wasn't on a side. Aren't they the fair and balanced network?


    Answer by mommom2000 at 9:36 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Sweet,

     Is that why your just trying to stir it up all the more? You just can not leave it alone, can you?

     Does it give you some kind of a thrill, or what?


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:53 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • So if the "right wing" SHUTS UP it will be all better? Or does the left wing have to do it too? I say it's a two way street and I agree the other networks should follow Fox's lead. I also believe the NYT owes Sarah Palin a public apology for even attempting to connect this shooter to her. He's a 22 years old and mentally ill. Nothing has tied him to anything at political and even the editorial page should have the integrity to wait to find out what happen before they jump to the wrong conclusion.

    Answer by sopranomommy at 1:26 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • that's the same as the almost VP and might be POTUS candidate in 2012?

    You mean the president and VP - you can't even identify Bush and Cheney when you see them?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:24 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Sweet,

    Is that why your just trying to stir it up all the more? You just can not leave it alone, can you?

    Does it give you some kind of a thrill, or what?

    Leave one reason to pause and wonder what the hell is wrong with HER mentally doesn't it?

    Answer by Carpy at 12:48 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Sweets you and your cohorts have NO right to point fingers at anybody, left or right for their "hate inspired rhetoric", that is ALL you have been posting for the last couple of days! In some of these posts you take one stand and in the next post you take another! I believe at this point, your only interest is to heighten the hate and division of an already split, wounded and fragile political environment that we find ourselves in as a Nation. You and people like you seem to want to take a tragedy such as this and place it's blame on practices of your opposing political Party while all the time ignoring that your own Party is just as guilty of those same practices. You seem to want to cause more hate, more hurt feeling, more bullshit rhetoric and split the political environment even wider. In times past this Nation has been able to draw closer together and heal some of our differences during a National tragedy cont.

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 3:22 AM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • such as this. We have been able to force open our closed hearts, our closed ears, and our closed eyes just enough to see that our political opposition are Americans too and love and believe in this Country just as much as we do. We can start to understand that we each want what is best for America and maybe, just maybe we may be able to come to a point where we are able to start to change the things we both can agree need to be changed for the betterment of this nation! It is a sad thing that it takes a tragedy and the lifeblood of a child to make us come to the realization. If indeed we are even able to stop trying to place blame and start to open our hearts!!!

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 3:23 AM on Jan. 11, 2011