Quote of the day

posted at 10:00 pm on November 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

“As American citizens, we all believe we are innocent until proven guilty. I think we should extend that same rule to our leaders in our country. And therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it. It does not mean we wouldn’t cover something that came and it was new information.”

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Would have been nice if Democrats in the CIA, State, and Justice would have taken the same approach the last 8 years.

philwynk on November 21, 2008 at 10:05 PM

“Who knows? Most of them do whatever the hell they want.”

My kind of boss!

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Reporting the news, not making the news.

Spirit of 1776 on November 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I agree with Ailes, we used to call it “common decency” way back in the day before the MSM and Democrats became one in the same.

Tim Zank on November 21, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Here’s a quote he could use on his staff: “Nobody gives a rat’s ass what you think, just tell the folks what happened.”

They used to call that “news.”

manwithblackhat on November 21, 2008 at 10:09 PM

As for whether the big stars will heed the advice, he tells Gold: “Who knows? Most of them do whatever the hell they want.”

That’s the money quote. Sean Hannity, do your thing.

D0WNT0WN on November 21, 2008 at 10:11 PM

They barely put his feet to the fire before he became President-Elect. Why start now?

eforhan on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

“And therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it.”

We bring a knife, they bring a cannon.

Oh, and did I mention, they just won.

fogw on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

And therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it.

If a new Presidency can be destabilized by some press reports about the truth, then it’s better we all know it as soon as possible. There is nothing to be gained by hiding the weaknesses.

The fact is that BHO is nothing but weakness … with a splash of intolerable stupidity thrown in. Everybody in the world knows this (most of the world loves the new American weakness, specifically) and no reporting is going to change it, either way.

Nice to know that we have a government coming in that everyone thinks is on the edge of collapse, already. Great.

progressoverpeace on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Bullshit. Shut up and report the news. There is no such thing as abandoning your job in favor of some sort of honeymoon.

Jaibones on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

The destruction of the Marxist Obama will be easy to accomplish. We will simply watch him run the country to the left straight into the socialist wall.

csdeven on November 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM

I like the screenshot. “Ooh, corned beef!”

Tzetzes on November 21, 2008 at 10:16 PM

I think Ed Morrissey would approve of this stance by Ailes. It proves FOXNews doesn’t have “Obama Derangement Syndrome”.

SouthernGent on November 21, 2008 at 10:19 PM

While I agree that suddenly deciding to tell the truth about Osama Obama, his dubious associates and his total lack of qualifications, might act as a “destabilizing” influence, it seems only fair to let the stupefied American public know, now that it’s too late to do anything about it, what a monumental disaster they have visited on the nation with their votes.

MrScribbler on November 21, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Testy

Neocon Peg on November 21, 2008 at 10:26 PM

No need for Obama Derangement Syndrome. Only fairness. Plus, with people like MoveOn.org and Daily Kos on your “side” who needs enemies?

terryannonline on November 21, 2008 at 10:27 PM

It does not mean we wouldn’t cover (up) something that came and it was new information.”

They missed a word. I put it back.

redshirt on November 21, 2008 at 10:27 PM

WOW! A comment of mine actually made it through on a thread, after posting 3 comments and receiving “You’re Comment Cannot Be Posted..” after all the work I did to post it…”

Neocon Peg on November 21, 2008 at 10:27 PM

It does not mean we wouldn’t cover something that came and it was new information.”

They already have. The entire Obama campaign was a coverup. And haven’t they spent the last eight years trying to destabilize the presidency?

Tommy_G on November 21, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Given that so far EVERY Cabinet position that has been offered, has been to a Clintonista, the thought struck me a little while ago, that:

Bill Clinton was called “the first black President”,

Therefore, is it safe to say that:

0bama is the first black Clinton

????

LegendHasIt on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Right! They wouldn’t want to destabilize Obama, but anonymous sources report Sarah Palin prancing about in a towel is news?

I would say they are going the way of Pravda, but Pravda is pro-Christian and pro-capitalist these days so… MSNBC perhaps.

sharrukin on November 21, 2008 at 10:37 PM

And therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it.

At least he’s a step better than Chris Mathews.

FloatingRock on November 21, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Quote of the day Lame excuse of the year next four years: “As American citizens, we all believe we are innocent until proven guilty. I think we should extend that same rule to our leaders in our country.”

Murphy9 on November 21, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Bill Clinton was called “the first black President”,

Therefore, is it safe to say that:

0bama is the first black Clinton

???? Now all we need is a blue dress

LegendHasIt on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Murphy9 on November 21, 2008 at 10:40 PM

And therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it.

This sounds an awful lot like….”Shut, sit down, and take it, you bigots.” -RNC and Lindsay Graham…all wrapped up into one.

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 10:42 PM

We should start demanding impeachment hearings…for Obama.

Speakup on November 21, 2008 at 10:47 PM

As American citizens, we all believe we are innocent until proven guilty

Considering that most of the media never bothered to do any real investigative reporting and fact-finding about Obama, that’s truly ironic.

therefore we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it

Is he trying to use “destabilize” to counter any accountability, disagreement, criticism, noting contradictory/duplicitous statements and calling a politician out on hypocrisy, etc., etc.?

It’s going to be a frail flower of a presidency if that’s the case.

Nice to know that we have a government coming in that everyone thinks is on the edge of collapse, already. Great.

progressoverpeace on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

INC on November 21, 2008 at 10:47 PM

As posted A.B,…
The election day is over,

The talking is done.

My party lost, your party won.

So let us be friends,

Let arguments pass.

I’ll hug my elephant,

You kiss your @ss.

christene on November 21, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Bullshit. Shut up and report the news. There is no such thing as abandoning your job in favor of some sort of honeymoon.

Jaibones on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Super fly, Clark Kent, Mega Dittos

Texyank on November 21, 2008 at 10:48 PM

I ♥ FOX

Kini on November 21, 2008 at 10:50 PM

“As American citizens, we all believe we are innocent until proven guilty.”

That statement always bugs me when it is phrased like that. One’s innocence or guilt at the moment of an illegal act. The state must presume innocence.

If I went out and shot someone, I’d sure the heck know that I was guilty. I could tell my attorney, and he’d know I was guilty. Guilt is established. The courts have to prove it.

I’m not a court. I’m not the state. If I think Barack Obama is bad for the nation before he even takes office, then I’m going to express my opinion. I have that right. President-Elect Obama is not on trial.

If I were on a jury that was going to hear the case of…oh, let’s say a domestic terrorist from the 1960s and 1970s, I would have to presume his and her innocence and weigh the evidence the state had against them.

Ampleforth on November 21, 2008 at 10:55 PM

While all the cable networks saw large audience drop-offs in the week after the election, Fox News retained 70% of its prime-time viewers, while CNN held on to 42% and MSNBC kept 60%.

That says a lot. The general audience at Fox stays well informed 365.
The braindead libs, tune in only during cultural climax season, and then go back to being DOA after their damage is done.

katy on November 21, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Waffles! Yum! In the White House you can eat all you want.

Mr. Joe on November 21, 2008 at 11:15 PM

I like the screenshot. “Ooh, corned beef!”

Tzetzes on November 21, 2008 at 10:16 PM

I like the way his lips match his tie.

R D on November 21, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Oh, and BTW, what the hell was Bush ever proven “guilty” of? Why wasn’t he given the same benefit of the doubt EVER?

redshirt on November 21, 2008 at 11:18 PM

I’m torn here. Sure, the “right” thing to do would be to let Obama screw up first before launching a full attack. However, if we do that, we just invite more of the same kind of thing we put up with the last 8 years when Bush was attacked mercilessly even before he was inaugurated. It’s arguable that the incessant media onslaught weakened his resolve over the past several years — an administration can only take so much demonization.

So, if we take the so-called high road, we appear weak and ripe for similar treatment when we once again win elections (assuming Obamunism doesn’t do away with free, open, and fair elections).

On the other hand, if we take the opportunity now to push (loudly) for investigation of illegal campaign donations (what did Obama know, and when did he know it?), the dead and illegals voting, attempted intimidation of dissenters (ala Joe the Plumber), voter intimidation by the Black Panthers, and whether there were direct ties between the Obama campaign and these tactics we attain two objectives. 1) We show that the opposition party is not a bunch of weak-kneed kowtowing pushovers who are more than willing to let the MSM and dems pick our candidate, excoriate and demonize our candidate, and then make sure our candidate loses the election. 2) We help make sure that the incoming leadership knows there is a powerful opposition. Remember, we are dealing with a near dictatorship of the left: Socialist (at best) President, House and Senate majorities by committed statists,, and potentially a filibuster-proof leftist Senate. There needs to be some recognition by the leadership of this oligarchy that almost 50% of the American people disagree with what they are about to do to the country and will oppose them every step of the way down the collectivist path.

Note that I am not looking for people to push silly conspiracy theories like the “selected not elected” crowd, but am pushing for investigation of the real, verifiable and documented events that occurred during the campaign but only earned Obama and the Dems got nodding approval from the press whereas if a Republican had engaged in the same behavior would have elicited cries of outrage and calls for impeachment and prosecution. Remember, whereas the other side had only innuendo and venom on their side when Bush won, we have real, verifiable, solid facts and evidence on our side. Short list: Dallas Cowboys front line registered to vote in Nevada and Florida, Mickey Mouse registered to vote in Florida, Joe the Plumber, private citizen investigated by the state when he dared ask a question of The One, Ohio Secretary of State refusing to share information on potential illegal and fraudulent registration with county election judges, ability to make campaign donations by credit card with no verification of identity, Black Panthers with nightsticks blocking polling places, $800k GOTV funds to a subsidiary of ACORN.

I know that one of the concerns is a President weakened by attack would not be able to save the economy. Look what’s coming into office — We don’t want him to be successful in implementing his proposed solutions. If he follows the FDR model, his policies will only prolong the current economic downturn. A weakened Obama presidency may be the only hope for keeping the Republic safe for the next 4 years.

AZfederalist on November 21, 2008 at 11:19 PM

AZfederalist on November 21, 2008 at 11:19 PM

One thing about the libs in general, when you justifiably attack, they tend to back down, when you remain silent, they continue their chaos and crap. Much like children.

katy on November 21, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Ailes said he had not given any orders about how the network should treat Barack Obama, despite a recent report that he had instructed Fox News hosts to show deference to the president-elect.
Rather, he said he told staffers at a meeting that “all presidents deserve time to get their team on the ground and get organized.”

Uhh, mmkay. Roger has his master’s in double-talk. Who served the Kool-Aid? It wasn’t an order; it was a “suggestion.” Riiight. Fox News should black itself out until The One does at least as much damage as Bush did this year.

Confirmation of why I don’t watch much Fox News these days. I cut down even before they hired Snake Oil Huckster.

OK, Roger. You and Rupert keep playing the RINO of the news business and see where it gets you.

Feedie on November 21, 2008 at 11:40 PM

we have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it.

We can at least let team Obama know we don’t have any wool pulled over our eyes. 63 million are fooled, 57 million are not.

But in principle I agree, we are after all not Democrats. He won, hope he does a good job. But I ain’t drinking the Kool-Aid or being blinded by the “light” no matter what.

Hog Wild on November 21, 2008 at 11:50 PM

I’m torn here. Sure, the “right” thing to do would be to let Obama screw up first before launching a full attack. However, if we do that, we just invite more of the same kind of thing we put up with the last 8 years when Bush was attacked mercilessly even before he was inaugurated. It’s arguable that the incessant media onslaught weakened his resolve over the past several years — an administration can only take so much demonization.

AZfederalist on November 21, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Praise Obama when he deserves it, criticize him when he deserves it, fight his administration like hell when it seems poised to do something against what we believe, defend him when he appears to be in the right. I’m not a fan of ODS either. But, he will be our president. Acting like the moonbats just isn’t me.

ddrintn on November 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM

They barely put his feet to the fire before he became President-Elect. Why start now?
eforhan on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Feet to the fire?! The only heat/feet combo from the MSM was bringing him warm fuzzy slippers and asking if he was comfy enough.

eeyore on November 22, 2008 at 12:03 AM

eeyore on November 22, 2008 at 12:03 AM

I love it! You captured the MSM coverage of the election succinctly and accurately.

AZfederalist on November 22, 2008 at 12:12 AM

How decent of Ailes. The same kind of courtesy to Palin with that Carl Cameron report?
Spare me, they are trying to score favoritism with Obama to get interviews and good seats in the White House press room. Pretty pathetic.

jencab on November 22, 2008 at 12:13 AM

they are trying to score favoritism with Obama to get interviews and good seats in the White House press room. Pretty pathetic.

jencab on November 22, 2008 at 12:13 AM

So, howcum the press didn’t have to do that during the Bush administration? Did the Bush administration ever toss Maureen Dowd, Andrea Mitchell, or any other snarky news reporter or reporter-ette?

This learning to live with double-standards is so hard.

AZfederalist on November 22, 2008 at 12:17 AM

I shall give on to others as they have given on to me.

jukin on November 22, 2008 at 12:21 AM

This learning to live with double-standards is so hard.

AZfederalist on November 22, 2008 at 12:17 AM

Yeah, but that’s life. We’d be better off if we moved onward and upward, concentrating on forming a clear message. Yes, the MSM isn’t fair (may they die a slow, painful death), Sarah Palin was and is treated like crap. Now what? The thing for Sarah Palin (for example) is to “polish” up a little, learn to play the game, gutting the MSM with a smile. Ignore them. If we let a sort of festering hatred of the MSM and liberals rule us, conservatives are going to be in the wilderness for ages.

ddrintn on November 22, 2008 at 12:22 AM

0bama is the first black Clinton

????

LegendHasIt on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM

0bama is the one who has outfoxed the Clintons for the run, but now can’t ‘lead’ without them. We’ll get 3-in-one. We’ll really be clusterfarked by the 3 of them. Keep your wallet tightly close and hidden.

Schadenfreude on November 22, 2008 at 12:24 AM

If we let a sort of festering hatred of the MSM and liberals rule us, conservatives are going to be in the wilderness for ages.
ddrintn on November 22, 2008 at 12:22 AM

I don’t disagree, it’s not so much hatred as it is frustration. While there are many (OK, at least 47 million of us), the problem is that there are 50+ million who only get their news and views from the MSM. Thus it’s not hatred, but concern about how to overcome this built-in handicap. Our side has to not only run against the opposition party, but also the media. Palin has the talent for it, your description fits her to a “T”. Reagan had that ability. Unfortunately, the media also learns and adapts, they will prevent the results with Palin that they encountered from Reagan by not giving her the same forum. The challenge for us is how to overcome this handicap; Ailes comments are not helpful in that regard.

AZfederalist on November 22, 2008 at 12:28 AM

One of the Top Ten hidden influences in our lives today is that the media believes that they know better. To repeat, they know better so it is OK to bend the truth. Hubris. Abuse of power.

BTW — Wasn’t it Murphy9 with the comment about Clinton — first black president and The One? Most excellent and wise.

IlikedAUH2O on November 22, 2008 at 12:37 AM

Frankly, i find this immature and inartful statement extraordinarily disturbing. He knows he is well over his head. At least he is picking some people that know what they are doing. But Richardson> Please. What a light weight. The AG select? Doofus or whore. Take your pick. Whatever he is, America is not his country of choice. He let every criminal and terrorist he could off the hook.

pat on November 22, 2008 at 12:38 AM

“Roger has done a remarkable job building Fox News into a force in journalism,” News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch said in a statement.

……………… it was fun while it lasted.

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2008 at 1:03 AM

Now all we need is a blue dress

LegendHasIt on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM

The Devil (obama) in a blue dress!!!

sheebe on November 22, 2008 at 1:10 AM

It does not mean we wouldn’t cover something that came and it was new information.”

So, they are hanging on to the “old” information. Must be damaging.

OldEnglish on November 22, 2008 at 2:49 AM

This quote assumes we are dealing with opponents with the basic common decency needed for polite debate and reasonable compromises.

George W has stuck to the new tone and not defended himself to the point his administration became ineffective from hyper-partisan attacks alone. Common decency fails with these democrat hacks.

Changing back to the Clinton administration, without the dot com bubble in progress will not restore the 1990s. Failed policies and failed cabinet members need to exposed up front to have credibility when their deviation from Conservative values leads to failure.

Right_of_Attila on November 22, 2008 at 6:49 AM

I read the quote and figured it was some MSM jagoff trying to cover his tracks with respect to why they will be so soft on Barack. Then I saw it was Ailes. I have to agree, with the exception of Hannity, Fox does do a MUCH better job of avoiding bias.

sheesh on November 22, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Praise Obama when he deserves it, criticize him when he deserves it, fight his administration like hell when it seems poised to do something against what we believe, defend him when he appears to be in the right. I’m not a fan of ODS either. But, he will be our president. Acting like the moonbats just isn’t me.

ddrintn on November 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Agreed.

Count to 10 on November 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM

I’ll follow the guidelines set up by the Democrat Party.

The new administration is guilty of mass murder by association, and should all go to jail. ObamaHitler!

DannoJyd on November 22, 2008 at 10:28 AM

I’ll work at destabilizing his administration. Too bad I don’t work at the CIA or Justice Department.

Tim Burton on November 22, 2008 at 10:39 AM

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within days

ilitigant on November 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Why wait…

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ilitigant on November 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Praise Obama when he deserves it, criticize him when he deserves it, fight his administration like hell when it seems poised to do something against what we believe, defend him when he appears to be in the right. I’m not a fan of ODS either. But, he will be our president. Acting like the moonbats just isn’t me.

ddrintn on November 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM
Agreed.

Count to 10 on November 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM

also AGREE; We don’t need to ‘behave’ like the crazie lefties of these past 8 years. Just be adults, stay involved and be vocal without being deranged.

I believe that plenty will happen in the first year of his presidency that will be worth discussing. He’s my President soon, whether or not I wanted that, so I wish him well. But, I don’t expect good things and I’ll be vigilant.

Red State State of Mind on November 24, 2008 at 7:36 AM