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Roger Ailes, longtime right-wing activist, GOP operative and Fox News founder, is overcome with fears of being murdered by Muslims, according to a new piece in Rolling Stone magazine:

“Ailes is certain that he’s a top target of Al Qaeda terrorists. ‘You know, they’re coming to get me,’ he tells friends. ‘I’m fully prepared. I’ve taken care of it.’ (Ailes, who was once arrested for carrying an illegal handgun in Central Park, now carries a licensed weapon.) Inside his blast-resistant office at Fox News headquarters, Ailes keeps a monitor on his desk that allows him to view any activity outside his closed door. Once, after observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb, he put Fox News on lockdown. ‘What the hell!’ Ailes shouted. ‘This guy could be bombing me!’ The suspected terrorist turned out to be a janitor. ‘Roger tore up the whole floor,’ recalls a source close to Ailes. ‘He has a personal paranoia about people who are Muslim – which is consistent with the ideology of his network.'”

But is he paranoid about being killed by Fox News’ parent company News Corp’s second largest shareholder?:

“On last night’s ‘Daily Show,’ Jon Stewart skewered these antics as a ‘dangerous game of guilt by association you can play with almost anybody,’ and proceeded to tie Fox News to al-Qaida by connecting Fox News parent News Corp’s second-largest shareholder, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, to the Carlyle Group, which has done business with the bin Laden family, ‘one of whose sons — obviously I’m not going to say which one — may be anti-American.’ But Stewart didn’t need to take all those steps to make the connection: Al-Waleed has directly funded Rauf’s projects to the tune of more than $300,000. If Fox newscasters can darkly suggest ‘terror dollars’ are sluicing into the Islamic center’s coffers via ‘shady characters,’ then are Al-Waleed, and News Corp. leader Rupert Murdoch, by the same logic, also terror stooges?

Fellow right-wing politicians and media have long accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terror, both in and out of the United States, so at the very least, Ailes’ mental health should be examined. So should Rolling Stone’s journalistic standards for failing to bring up this previously reported connection.

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