Roger Ailes, Fox News [sic] president, wrote a book called Roger Ailes: Off Camera, about which Vanity Fair has an article. Here are a few random excerpts, but link over because there’s plenty more where these came from.
On Newton Leroy Gingrich:
“He’s a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner… Newt’s a prick.”
On Joe Biden:
“I have a soft spot for Joe Biden… I like him. But he’s dumb as an ashtray.”
On Rupert Murdoch:
“I treat Rupert’s money like it is mine.”
On President Obama:
“He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that… I didn’t come up with that. Obama said that, to Barbara Walters.” (What Obama said was that he feels a laziness in himself that he attributes to his laid-back upbringing in Hawaii.)
On his doctor:
“My doctor told me that I’m old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately.”
Mr. Ailes, you don’t deserve no respect.
I hope she invested wisely ’cause that’s probably the last bit of grifting she’ll be asked to do for a long time. The whole article is fascinating, so go read it.
Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word
With the three-year contract now expired between FOX News and Sarah Palin, there is a wealth of commentary made by the former Alaska Governor and GOP Vice-Presidential nominee to dissect.
Palin, who was paid a reported $1 million per year as a contributor to FOX since mid-January 2010 when FOX announced her signing, may not have made quite the splash her employers had hoped during this three-year period, and would, on occasion go weeks between appearances.
So, did the network get their money’s worth?
Maybe this time things will happen? Via MM.
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.
Of course, the wingers are spewing their usual bile. I think it sounds like fun! Wee bit more here.
HBO appears obsessed by GOP Conservatives. There have been movies about the 2000 Bush vs Gore election standoff and Sarah Palin and most recently a TV series featuring George W Bush’s severed head. Now HBO has done a secret deal for an Untitled Roger Ailes Project. It’s based on the upcoming manuscript by media writer Gabriel Sherman who has written two cover stories for New York magazine on Ailes and Fox News, including his mammoth article “The Elephant In The Green Room” which came out a little more than a year ago and prompted complaints from the Fox News CEO. Last year, Sherman signed a book contract with Random House which at one point was tentatively titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: An Inside Account of the Rise of Fox News” but isn’t formally titled now. I’ve also learned that executive producing this latest HBO project are two of Ailes’ competitors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC‘s Morning Joe. The deal was negotiated by WME Entertainment, the Hollywood agency run by Ari Emanuel who is a Democratic activist (and the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama White House chief of staff).
I love it when wingnuts fight each other. Via Taegan-
Responding to Newt Gingrich’s criticism, Fox News chief Roger Ailes “threw a jab” back at the presidential hopeful asserting that he has only criticized the television network because he’s “trying to get a job at CNN because he knows he isn’t going to get to come back to Fox News,” reports the Chapel Hill Herald.
Ailes also referred to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien as “that girl that’s named after a prison.”
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