I so called this one. In my post of a few days ago, "Fox News [sic] boots Executive VP, top strategist, Roger Ailes BFF Brian Lewis," I wrote:
Do we smell a future tell-all book deal?
No, no please... hold your applause. Well, if you insist.
As you may recall, Lewis was the communications chief and a top strategist for Fox who was kicked to the curb after an internal investigation. Apparently, his “conduct” was in question. That conduct related "to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract” per the Los Angeles Times.
He was also Roger Ailes’ trusted BFF for decades.
And now he's threatening to leak some gory details about his now-former BFF and, of course, Fox.
There may not be a book in the works-- yet -- but the fun is about to begin. Buckle up!
In a new statement, Lewis's lawyer says that Ailes and Fox News should be fearful of what secrets Lewis may reveal now that he is no longer bound by a confidentiality agreement.
"First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date," Judd Burstein writes in a statement provided to Gawker, a website that has long been a thorn in Ailes's side. "Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis."
This is going to be sooo good. Get out the popcorn. My treat!
Talk about a ClusterFox.
Executive Vice President Brian Lewis, the communications chief and a top strategist for Fox, was booted after an internal investigation. Apparently, his "conduct" was in question.
If that's the criterion, then Fox News [sic] itself should be booted.
But back to Lewis; if Fox can't trust their own Big Kahuna-- again, a top Fox TV communications strategist and Roger Ailes' trusted BFF for decades-- then who can they trust?
Let's ruminate on this new lack of faith among the powers-that-be at Fox for a second. ... ... ... Uh huh. Now they know how we feel.
Irony is yummy sometimes, isn't it?
“After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis' conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract," a spokesman for Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said. [...]
A member of Fox News Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Ailes' inner circle for almost two decades, Lewis was one of the most powerful executives at the network. Not only did Lewis oversee the take-no-prisoners approach Fox News brought to dealing with the press and rival news outlets, he was also something of a consigliere to Ailes. [...]
While Fox News is part of a global media conglomerate, it is seen more as Ailes' fiefdom, and the exit of one of his top lieutenants caught other executives within 21st Century Fox off guard. Even 21st Century Fox Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey tend to take a hands-off approach when it comes to managing Ailes and Fox News.
Ex-BFF Brian was part of Ailes' original team when Fox News [sic] was launched in the mid-'90s. Do we smell a future tell-all book deal?
No further details were given about what this guy did, but it must have been a doozy to cause such an earthquake. Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.
Half-term Governor of Alaska and 2008 failed Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News as a contributor, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of the network. Yay.
Ailes said, “I’ve had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining Fox News as a contributor. I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind.”
Palin will appear on FOX News Channel’s (FNC) daytime and primetime programming, starting with FOX & Friends on Monday, June 17th. She will also contribute to FOX Business Network (FBN), the Daily News reports.
Palin said, “The power of Fox News is unparalleled. The role of Fox News in the important debates in our world is indispensable. I am pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at Fox.”
We too are pleased Sarah. Fox is like a colostomy bag about to burst at the seams.
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?
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