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Roger Ailes on the Shootings: An Expletive, and an Order to “Tone It Down”

Fox News chieftan Roger Ailes tells Russell Simmons that Jared Lee Loughner “just was not attached to the Tea Party” and “it’s just a bullshit way to use the death of a little girl to get Fox News in an argument.”

While citing cases where his opponents have put bull’s eyes on his head, or where Sarah Palin was hung on the end of a rope, Ailes said, “I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that.”

The reference to “the other side,” needless to say, raised eyebrows.

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