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Roger Ailes defends Beck’s Stalin reference as ‘accurate’

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Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes defended his network Sunday morning on ABC, saying he is in the ratings business not the politics business.

He was criticized for, among other comments, Fox host Glenn Beck’s reference to a “killing spree” conducted by Joseph Stalin while talking about President Barack Obama, in October of 2009.

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“Aren’t you concerned about the language that Glenn Beck is using which is after all inciting the American people?” Arianna Huffington asked him on ABC.

Ailes said the reference was probably accurate because Beck “was talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people.”

“I think if we start going around as the word police in this business it will be,” he began.

Huffington cut him off. “It’s not about the word police, it’s about something deeper. There’s a tradition, as the historian Richard Hofstadter said, in American politics of the paranoid style. And the paranoid style is dangerous when there’s real pain out there.”

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“I agree with you,” Ailes countered. “I read something on your blog that said I look like J. Edgar Hoover, I had a face like a fist, and I was essentially a malignant tumor… Then he really went nasty, and I thought gee, maybe Arianna ought to cut this out.”

Before running out of time, Barbara Walters asked Ailes if he thinks Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012.

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“I have no idea whether she even wants to,” he responded. “I mean everybody hates her who’s ever written a book because they didn’t sell many. She wrote a book and it sold two million in two weeks, so now they have a new reason to hate her.”

According to Media Matters, Beck’s Stalin comment was in fact about Obama.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 31, 2010.

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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."

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MSNBC pundit nails Trump for only attacking Black voices on Fox News

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Democratic strategist Joel Payne called out President Donald Trump Sunday for his attacks on Fox News when he was leaving New Jersey.

Before Trump landed in Marine One at Morristown, New Jersey, he tweeted an attack on Juan Williams, the only Black pundit on the Fox News show "The Five."

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163167660764532736

Trump briefly addressed Williams, before he told members of the press that he found it appalling Fox News hired a friend of Hillary Clinton's, whose name he couldn't even remember.

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Missouri official choose Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’

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A Missouri county official is being both celebrated and attacked after a decision to forgo The Bible for her swearing-in ceremony and opted for a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.

The Friendly Atheist at Patheos captured the story, posting a photo of St. Louis City Councilmember Kelli Dunaway's children holding a copy of the book while she took her oath of office.

This was the scene last week at the STLCO government center. Democrats took back control of the council and @DunawayKelli was sworn in on a copy of “Oh the Places you’ll go” with her children❤️ so proud to be part of #TeamKelli pic.twitter.com/iJ1dxfZ1Zg

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