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Roger Ailes Speaks Out--and why shouldn't he? We could use more of that Trumanesque plain speaking!

Written By mista sense on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 6:45 AM

Howard Kurtz, who always gets the goods, runs the first of what appears to be a two-part interview with Roger Ailes in The Daily Beast.

And yes, indeed, Ailes lets loose on everybody from Barack Obama ("he just has a different belief system than most Americans") to Robert Gibbs ("is a little big for his britches"), to former White House press secretary  Scott McClellan (that little shithead") to Glenn Beck (“He and I have had conversations and lunches where I say, ‘What the hell are you doing, man?’").

There's more, of course, in this piece, and no doubt in the piece to come.  But the issue is not that Ailes is blunt, it's that he has a coherent worldview, coupled with the courage to say what he thinks, including the need for loyalty and team play inside Fox News.   At the same time, Ailes always owns up to mistakes, and is willing to take his lumps, if need be. 

Indeed, thinking about Ailes reminded, in fact of Harry Truman, who always told the truth, even if his opponents thought that such truth-telling was hell.

The Cable Gamer wants to know: Why can't we have this sort of Trumanesque plain speaking all the time?  And from our leaders in the government, too? 

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