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Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News Chief Over 'Socialist' Remark


Oh right, Stewart said. It's all coming back now. But why didn't Ailes share what he admitted to Stewart a decade ago in a bar, Stewart wondered.

"Jon, did I ever tell you that I, Roger Ailes, plan to undermine the role of an independent press by constantly whining that any reportage that deviates from a staunch conservative narrative is biased, while, at the same time, filling the editorial vacuum that that creates by building a conservative propaganda juggernaut in the guise of a news organization?" Stewart recalled.

Ailes said he will call the organization "Fox News," and its tag line will be, according to Stewart, "A fanatically micro-managed media fiefdom where my own far-right agenda and personal sense of victimhood drive every aspect of the operation ... and balanced."

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