Roger Ailes Tells Fox Hosts To ‘Tone It Down’ But Michelle Malkin Won’t STFU

After the tragedy that struck our nation, leaving six dead and 14 other victims injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Judge Roll and a nine year old girl, politicians from both sides of the aisle were in mourning, some calling for civil discourse.


President of Fox News, Roger Ailes said, his network and others in politics need to “tone it down.

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. Listen, I have a picture of Sarah Palin hanging from the end of a rope.  They made a doll up like her and hung her.


Ailes must be referring to someone hung in effigy as a sign of protest. While Roger Ailes, the President spoke exclusively with Russel Simmons regarding the prevalent tension rising in the media, he defended the besieged Sarah Palin, saying a crosshairs target list is not unique to the former Governor of Alaska — the left does it too.


“But Ailes called the use of such imagery “bulls**t” and said “both sides are wrong, but they both do it.”


On “toning it down”, Ailes said:


“I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually,” the Fox News president said. “You don’t have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that.”


But Michelle Malkin wasn’t listening. This was on her website:


Confront them. Don’t be cowed into silence.

And don’t let the media whitewash the sins of the hypocritical Left in their naked attempt to suppress the law-abiding, constitutionally-protected, peaceful, vigorous political speech of the Right.

They want to play tu quo que in the middle of a national tragedy? They asked for it. They got it.


To present such detestable nonsense of “they do it too,” after a Democrat Congresswoman — an elected official — was shot at point blank range in the head, Malkin still can’t find it in herself to shut up and feign sympathy for the loss of lives.


Previously to the shooting, Giffords’s district office was vandalized resulting in a window being shot out.  Staffers were reportedly”kind of shaken up” after receiving numerous threats including “nasty language, foul language.”


In August of 2009 —  a handgun was dropped off at a Giffords town hall meeting, prompting calls to police. A spokesman said, “We have never felt the need before to notify law enforcement when we hold these events.”


Asked by the New York Post in the wake of the shooting if Giffords had any enemies, her father responded, “Yeah. The whole Tea Party.”


Being Congresswoman Gifford’s father he’s seen the violent actions and rhetoric taking place while his daughter was besieged with threats. That said, can American politics and their media supporters tone it down?


Michelle? Hello?


  • Richard G.

    “such detestable nonsense of “they do it too,”

    So exactly *why* are Democrats “doing it too”? The point is the Democrats overplayed their hand this time in their desperately shameful attempts at political haymaking (Politico even noted it was the Democratic game plan) in a time of tragedy. But it’s backfiring, as did their Wellstone Funeral insanity some years before.

    And so now Democrats are whining because they can’t hide behind their glass house walls and lob stones with impunity anymore. They have been called out. Let them explain the plethora of hate speech and actions they have committed – and continue to commit – as so well chronicled by Malkin. The Democrats were ordered to bring “guns to a knife fight”, afterall – or can Democrats only handle dishing it out?

    • James

      @Richard G., It is not really important to know why they are doing it to, it is most important to recognize that both sides are part of the same twisted demented agenda. It’s classic good cop bad cop, and in the end both sides win because listeners on both sides will rally and they will face off, people will continue to get hurt and they all will sit in their Expensive houses sipping whatever goofy trendy drink is in right now and laugh at us all. While we suffer they will not, neither side that incites this issue will ever feel the true pain of reality, the reality in the streets, the reality that faces the commoners!

  • James

    The entire mainstream Media collective is guilty of taking this tragedy and turning it into a circus. They have taken every aspect of this shooting and used it to capitalize on it’s impact to the country. It sickens me to think that these deaths as with many others are stripped of all humanity and placed in the pile of crap that is political discourse on both sides of the fence. They harp about the little girls birth date to invoke the horrible feelings of 9/11 and tie them together in anger instead of sadness for her loss. She is a little girl who was gunned down for no other reason than she was there. People were murdered, Human beings, Not tools! Not fodder for story building and sensational showboating and finger pointing.

  • USdespair

    “The other side does it too!” is a typical Fox comment to get people talking about Fox instead of the story.
    Fox profits from all of this.
    They will only “tone it down” to the point that it maintains their ratings and cash flow, and they will accordingly ratchet it back up when that will help their ratings.
    But Fox is not the problem… it is the viewers, listeners and subscribers that are the problem… that there are so many insecure, ill-informed fellow citizens of such mediocre intelligence does not bode well for our country… this one is a write off– hopefully the next generation will do better.

    • Beaumont

      @USdespair,
      Actually, a full 50% of American citizens are of below average intelligence.

  • Taco

    Wait, wait, wait… “The other side”? What other side? I thought Fox News was fair and balanced? You mean they’re on a particular side? I’m shocked, and now I don’t know what to believe anymore.

    • patrick

      @Taco, Same here! Can someone please tell me what to think?!?

      All this time… I thought fair and balanced was true and just thought I came to the conclusion that the left is full of morons and sinners on my own! The horror!!!

      /sarcasm.

      What a bitch.

      • Kelly Stevens

        The sorry thing is that all it would take to get us back to civility would be for the top guy at each news outlet to suspend each anchor and not use any guest who fails to tone it down. It would only take one time. I hear that Fox is too afraid they might lose o’Riley or Beck or Hannity and won’t risk disciplining them. Bullshit! Where would these guys go? CBS? They need Fox news. Without Fox they would have to get real jobs. This won’t stop until someone empties a clip on Ailes or Murdock or Beck. These hate mongers are too stupid to see that it will eventually come to this.

  • Richard G.

    James Reply:
    “It sickens me to think that these deaths as with many others are stripped of all humanity and placed in the pile of crap that is political discourse on both sides of the fence.”

    I agree, James. One thing to keep in mind is that immediately after the murder spree those on the left started the blame game rolling and are still very desperately trying to push it along. It’s not as if the article Malkin wrote came out of the blue: it’s as the words to an old blues song go: “before you accuse me, take a look at yourself”. As I said, glass houses and stone throwing don’t mix well.

    Sadly,as I mentioned the Politico reported, Democratic advisers came right out of the gate telling Obama to “pin it on the Tea Party” (actual quote). It’s not even so much the blaming thing that’s vile, cynical and ghoulish, it’s the immediate quest to score political points over dead bodies. Waiting at least til the bodies are buried and personal losses mourned just doesn’t seem to be too much to expect. Even in this day and age there should be some things that transcend politics and agendas.

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Richard G., Speaking of bodies, have they found those headless bodies in the dessert yet? Your party has been driving their agenda with fear since the day this President was sworn in. You couldn’t just say that we need civil discourse but instead you blame the left. Republicans repeat history time & time again, never learning from their mistakes. Sharon Angle wanted to win so badly that if if she lost she wanted her voters to use firearms. Republicans sat quietly knowing full well what could happen.

      Enough!

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  • Jim

    Her column was laughable. She compared a cartoon by a Canadian, and two incidents of pie throwing to a murder of 8.

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  • Fluff Rules

    Uppity chink

    • http://www.squidoo.com/alien-abduction-lamp Andrew Goulding

      @Fluff Rules Pithy, at the very least!

  • james

    is everyone missing the point? why is there still all this finger pointing going on? its like siblings fighting! “he hit me first!” “but dad…she wiped a booger on me!” are you all serious? knock it off already. this a tragedy. not your personal soapbox. i’ll tell you what people take all your hate; your discourse and go out and do something to benefit society. just knock off the child like bickering.

    • zach

      @james, I think what you said can be applied to just about every news story since the W. Bush administration. We politicize everything and forget that politics is supposed to progress our nation, not antagonize it.

      We should try talking and bargaining instead of stagnating. This applies to both sides of the aisle as the House is now under Republican control, and you can bet the Democrats will use the same strategy that the Republicans used: Block everything without so much as considering the consequences, and they will say, “But they did it first.”

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  • Hamranhansenhansen

    Where are some examples to support the claim that the left wing does it too? The knock on the left is they are constantly getting bullied by the right, not that they bully the right.

    There are thousands of examples of right wing politicians, candidates, talk radio hosts, and Fox News personalities encouraging their audience to arms. Glenn Beck’s website features a picture of him holding a hand gun! Don’t retreat, reload! Second amendment remedies!

    Saying “they do it, too!” is literally the defense of a 2 year old whose morals have not fully developed yet. Take responsibility, right wing. Put down your gun rhetoric and come up with some ideas.

    • CarlR

      @Hamranhansenhansen,
      I agree Ham…sen. However, the rabid base (on both sides) eats that kind of finger pointing up like it’s going out of style.

      Maybe this was never the true case, but it always seemed to me that politics used to be the realm of the educated. Lawyers, doctors, and the like were ‘called’ into public service and handled themselves with dignity and each other with a minimum of courtesy. Now politicians, much like reality tv, feel they have to say the most inflammatory, provocative thing possible to get any attention.

      As Ms. Palin said in her recent video, we do need to hold individuals accountable for their actions. However, people don’t exist or operate in a vaccum. The venom and bile being spewed is taken in by the general public AND the troubled individual. Words obviously have power to move people, otherwise we wouldn’t have these talking heads. If they really thought that their words didn’t have any effect, they’d stop spewing.

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  • M.Funkibut

    And another thing – why does Fox still employ “Anchorbaby” Malkin? Are they TRYING to encourage illegal immigration? I don’t understand…

  • http://www.musicbyday.com Marvin

    As a nation we must say “enough!” when it comes to right wing lunatics.

    Everyone who didn’t vote in 2010 made a big mistake. We must not let these people ever think they are the majority.

  • JimsConscience

    Jim either has a problem with reading comprehension, or no qualms about slandering others. Malkin’s list of left-wing behavior was a comparison to the alleged right-wing rhetoric, not the murder.