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Is Roger Ailes Turning Into Tony Soprano?

Fox News chief to troops: Defend the family, or get out

Here’s some inside Fox News baseball stuff that’s fascinating, if you’re into this sort of thing.

According to TVNewser, the cable channel’s chief, Roger Ailes, made an impromptu speech to Fox News’ Washington bureau staffers on Wednesday. And what started out as congratulatory quickly took a different tone.

"For the first time in our 14 years we’ve had people apparently shooting in the tent, from within the tent," Ailes told his assembled troops in an apparent reference to a story in the Washington Post about growing tension over lightning rod host Glenn Beck.

"Glenn Beck, does his show and that’s his opinion. It’s not the opinion of FOX News and he has a right to say it,” TVNewser quotes Ailes as saying. "We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent." (That Ailes would use the tent analogy is interesting, considering there are some who view Beck’s show as something of a circus performer.)

Then Ailes, sounding more like Tony Soprano than a cable news executive, added: "I was brought up to defend the family. If I couldn’t defend the family I’d leave. I’d go to another family."

Bada bing.

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