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Notable & Quotable: Roger Ailes unleashes verbal smack-down on Van Jones

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Former green jobs czar Van Jones recently took to the airwaves of CNN to denounce Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for quotes reportedly published in Ailes' new biography, "Roger Ailes: Off Camera." The book reportedly includes an account of Ailes' impression of then-Sen. Barack Obama:

“Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.” He noticed my arched eyebrows and added, “I didn’t come up with that. Obama said that, to Barbara Walters.”

When these comments were published in the new book, Jones told CNN that Ailes' comments were "disgusting" and "a racial charge that some people find offensive."

In response, Ailes hit back: "I don't pay a lot of attention to communist infiltrators," he told the Daily Beast.  "Van Jones has one job, to stir up racism whether he can find it or not."

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