Fox responds to uproar over Ailes’ attack.

Last night, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes claimed at an awards show that “the candidates that can’t face Fox, can’t face Al Qaeda. And that’s what they have coming,” referring to the Democratic candidates who have chosen to not debate on Fox because they would be legitimizing a partisan platform. A Fox spokesman clarified the statement to TVNewser earlier today: “Mr. Ailes was repeating a comment made to him by many friends of his who are Democrats and are disappointed that their party is not currently debating on Fox.”

(HT: Greg Sargent.)