The International Rescue Committee president suggested the British public was capable of sorting out "that kind of tarring of someone from the truth", but said he hoped a lesson had been learnt following the furore.
It follows the publication last month of an article about his father that was headlined: "The man who hated Britain".
Mr Miliband took to Twitter when the row errupted, telling his followers: "My dad loved Britain".
In an interview last night, he said: "It's hateful when you have your father targeted in that way, traduced in that way. There is no question about that. But I also have a very strong feeling that the good sense of the British people is to sort out that kind of tarring of someone from the truth.
"And, frankly, I never thought I'd see so many pictures of my dad in his naval uniform staring out from TV shows and from newspapers as well.
"The important thing for me is that he was an incredibly loving dad who meant a huge amount to me and obviously to Ed and to my mum as well. I hope that the right lessons are learned."
The Mail caused an outcry by examing what the Marxist academic who died in 1994, "really" believed in.
It went on to add that "the answer should disturb everyone who loves this country".