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Roger Ailes (Maybe) Sorry for Calling New York Times Reporters ‘Scum’

While speaking at Ohio University, Fox News honcho Roger Ailes predictably praised his network and blasted The New York Times. Poytner reports that Ailes said the paper was a “cess pool of bias” and called the Times’ reporters a “lying bunch of scum.” Perhaps someone pointed out to Ailes the irony of him — a man who works for a company that is under investigation for illegally spying on people — saying other people were liars, because now he has apologized. Sort of. Kind of. Maybe.

According to The Daily Beast, Ailes “realizes he went too far and regrets using that language.” Unfortunately, Ailes himself didn’t say that. This information was relayed to The Daily Beast by an anonymous “Fox News executive.”

So does Ailes really regret his attack on the Times? If so, why didn’t he just say that, instead of having a mystery person issue a statement? We would ask Ailes ourselves, but frankly, his potty mouth is quite intimidating.

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