Roger Ailes: Jon Stewart Told Me He's a Socialist
Fox News chief slams MSNBC, 'cesspool of bias' NYT
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2012 5:29 AM CDT
Roger Ailes attends a media event in New York City last month.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ever wonder what would happen if Jon Stewart and Roger Ailes went for a beer? According to Ailes, the two actually did meet in a bar once—and the Daily Show host "basically admitted he's a socialist," said Ailes. The Fox News chief, speaking at his alma mater, Ohio University, described Stewart as a comedian who "wouldn't do well without Fox," Mediaite reports. The only difference between Fox and CNN or MSNBC, Ailes told the audience, is that "Fox invites liberal voices to engage in dialogue."

MSNBC is "out of the news business," said Ailes, who also laid into the Associated Press, which he said "tips to the left," and the New York Times, which he called a "cesspool of bias" with reporters who are "a bunch of lying scum," reports the Huffington Post. Asked why he believed he could run Fox News, Ailes said, "One thing that qualifies me to run a journalism organization is the fact that I don’t have a journalism degree."