Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
…FOX is now on record as having become directly involved in trying to recruit a Republican candidate for president. [...]
If you listen to the audio of the conversation between FOX’s McFarland and Petraeus (or read the transcript here), it becomes clear that not only does Petraeus (now the ex-CIA director due to a sex scandal) express his admiration for Roger Ailes (“I love Roger,” he says), but that he is very chummy with the Darth Vader of right wing news — and owner of FOX — Rupert Murdoch. … Petraeus also implies that he understood FOX attacking Obama politically, but complained that they were now being critical of Petraeus’s war in Afghanistan – and the general didn’t like that much. [...]
Ailes, who launched his career as a Republican propaganda maven after he met Richard Nixon when Nixon was a guest on the “Mike Douglas Show” in the ’60s (which Ailes produced), has never really stopped being a political media and image strategist despite his disclaimers. He is selling a product, and the product is not soap suds; it is the Republican brand and programming that aids it in achieving its corporate governance policies by propaganda manipulation of the electorate. [...]
In a telephone interview Monday, the wily and sharp-tongued Ailes said he did indeed ask McFarland to make the pitch to Petraeus. “It was more of a joke, a wiseass way I have,” he said. “I thought the Republican field [in the primaries] needed to be shaken up and Petraeus might be a good candidate.”
Now we know that the tentacles of FOX reach further than putting potential GOP presidential candidates on the network’s payroll, they reach right to the top in terms of kingmaking for the Republican Party.
Please read the whole thing here.
Meanwhile, guess who got booted, at least for now? New York Magazine is reporting that Ailes is requiring producers to get permission these days before booking Karl Rove or Dick Morris.