To say that Vladimir Putin turned out to be terrible is kind of ridiculous. We've known that this guy is terrible for a long time. He is a corrupt leader who fuels the oligarchy while jailing and killing dissidents. The challenge for Fox News is that while they may not agree with Putin's actions, he is a strong-willed conservative nationalist hardliner. According to their talking points, that's the kind of leader they like.
Even after Putin has begun annexing the Crimea and parts of the Ukraine, Fox still feels the need to work quotes like "Russia has a real leader," "You got to hand it to Putin," and "That's what you call a leader," into Putin coverage. One Fox contributor compared their fashion choices, "Putin likes to hang out with his shirt off. Obama wears mom jeans." For more Putin loving ridiculousness, check out what Jon Stewart put together on the topic.