Fox News Chief is Animal House’s Otter

In Media Criticism, Misc., Netroots, US Politics on September 28, 2006 at 10:03 am

I like this one, so much:

Fox News chief Roger Ailes says ex-President Bill Clinton’s response to Chris Wallace’s question about going after Osama bin Laden represents “an assault on all journalists.”

Ailes said Clinton had a “wild overreaction” in the interview, broadcast on “Fox News Sunday.”

This is great. It reminds me of the scene in Animal House where Otter, the Ferris Bueller-type that sleeps with the Dean’s wife, gives a speech before the disciplinary board, saying that if they try to hold his fraternity responsible for the “liberties” they took, it is an indictment of society as a whole. Beautiful.

Otter: Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests – we did.
[winks at Dean Wormer]
Otter: But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
[Leads the Deltas out of the hearing, all humming the Star-Spangled Banner]

P.S.- My runner up on quote of the day is courtesy of The Hotline: “When asked why she requested cookies and milk, 5-year-old leukemia patient Sydney Chehab ‘said it was just a civil way to have a conversation with’ Bush.” Fabulous — I’m glad we’ve trusted that guy to be in the room w Musharraf and Karzai at the same time.


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