Fox News is not “programming to conservatives,” according to Roger Ailes. The Fair & Balanced network just seems more conservative, the Fox News president said in Zev Chafets‘ new biography, because it’s ensuring they include their point of view.
“The first rule of media bias is selection,” Ailes told Chafets in Roger Ailes: Off Camera, according to POLITICO. “Most of the media bullshit you about who they are. We don’t. We’re not programming to conservatives, we’re just not eliminating their point of view.”
Ailes doesn’t deny the differences between Fox News and other news outlets, but he plays it up as a strength — exemplified in the following anecdote:
“Ailes asks him if he is satisfied with what he sees on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and PBS,” Chafets wrote. “The man says he is very satisfied. ‘Well,’ says Ailes, ‘if they all have the same take and we have a different take, why does that bother you? The last two guys who succeeded in lining up the media on one side were Hitler and Stalin.’”
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Chafets elaborated a bit on Ailes’ own views, remarking that he is more conservative than the network he runs. “He’s certainly a Republican, he’s certainly a conservative, and that’s reflected in Fox News,” Chafets said, noting a “quiz” he did to measure conservatism and liberalism. “It turns out he is more conservative than the network, and he agreed that that is probably true.”
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