Fox News chief Roger Ailes: Obama is ‘lazy,’ Biden is ‘dumb’ and Gingrich is a ‘prick’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:59 EDT
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An author was recently given “unprecedented” access to Roger Ailes and came away with the Fox News president’s thoughts about a “lazy” President Barack Obama, a “dumb” Vice President Joe Biden and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who he described as a “prick.”

In an excerpt from the new book published online by Vanity Fair on Tuesday, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, author Zev Chafets writes that he personally met with Ailes over a period of months.

During the 2012 presidential primary, the Fox News chief’s spokesperson had sought guidance in dealing with Gingrich after the then-GOP hopeful had accused the network of being in the tank for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

“Brush him back,” Ailes instructed. “He’s a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner.”

He later added, “Newt’s a prick.”

After Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen suggested that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life,” Ailes immediately countered that it was Obama who was the “lazy” one.

“Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life,” he quipped. “He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.”

But when it came to Biden, Ailes said he had a “soft spot” for the vice president.

“I like him. But he’s dumb as an ashtray.”

(h/t: Yahoo News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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