Huffington to Ailes: Fox ‘Paranoid Style’ Is Dangerous

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Jan 31, 2010 1:08pm

Arianna Huffington took on Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes over what she called the “paranoid style” used by Glen Beck.  Ailes fired back, saying he’s been the target of personal attacks on Huffington’s own website, the Huffington Post.   

Read the exchange HERE:

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

(CROSSTALK)

AILES:  Well, he was talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people.  So I think he was probably accurate.  Also, I'm a little….

HUFFINGTON:  No, no, he was talking about this administration.

AILES:  I don't — 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 — I think if we start going around as the word police in this business, it will be…

HUFFINGTON:  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 Hofstetter said, in American politics, of the paranoid style.  And the paranoid style is dangerous when there is real pain out there.  I mean, with…

AILES:  I agree with you.  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…

HUFFINGTON:  Well, that's…

AILES:  And I thought — and then it got nasty after that…

HUFFINGTON:  … that was never by anybody that we had…

(CROSSTALK)

AILES:  Then it really went nasty, and I thought, gee, maybe Arianna ought to cut this out, but…

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