Thanks to a mind-blowing exposé by New York Magazine, we get an inside look at how Fox News chairman Roger Ailes dealt with the likes of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rupert Murdoch and the Republican Party.
Roger Ailes is more than just the head of Fox News, he’s more like the consigliere to the Republican Party “mafia.”
According to New York magazine, “You can’t run for the Republican nomination without talking to Roger, every single candidate has consulted with Roger.”
So, after reading the article on Roger, it got us to thinking…maybe dude wants Obama to win? Cause check it… if Obama wins, all of the good folks on Fox News can continue on their rollercoaster to a dark place! It means mo’ money and and mo’ problems for B-Rock. And you know know the ratings will go through the roof…Under Ailes’ reign, the network has been winning more than Charlie Sheen. They’ve controlled the ratings race for more than ten years, while at the same time attracting more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined! Smoke a cigar to that, Ted Turner!
But here’s where Ailes meets his double edged sword. While The W. Bush ran the country in the 2000s, commentators like Keith Olbermann and his counterparts at MSNBC generated record profits and ratings because their rhetoric leaned to the left, often times blasting George W. and his policies out of the water.
Fast-forward to the election of Barack Obama and bring in Glenn Beck, drop Holmes from ‘Hannity and Holmes’ and you create a monster money making machine.
Looking at what has developed since the 2000 election, mostly all the players in race, at least on the Republican side, are now affiliated with Fox News in some way or another. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has his own show on Fox News and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin regularly contributes to the network. Roger has played this one quite smartly, pulling the more formidable candidates close, i.e. Gov. Huckabee, giving them boatloads of money, making the White House paycheck look like waiter’s tip at a cheap diner. But, there were definitely some folks at Fox that Roger was ready to let go…
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As for the rest of the talent such as Glenn Beck, when the big meeting came between he and Ailes, it was revealed that by the beginning of 2011, it was clear he would be leaving Fox.
According to New York Magazine, Ailes is a businessman and he saw Beck, who had graced the covers of Forbes, Time and the New York Times Magazine, leading rallies and becoming bigger than the Fox brand.
Beck’s media company, Mercury Radio Arts, had broken the mold at Fox. He earned more than 90 percent of his reported $40 million income from non-Fox activities, including comedy tours, best-selling books, a magazine and a subscription website. Ailes was peeved. So, without Beck in 2012, who can Roger turned to? Sarah Palin?
NEXT PAGE: Sarah Palin’s an idiot?
Ailes wasn’t shy on expressing his views on the former Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin either. For example, in the aftermath of the Tucson Arizona shooting Palin became increasingly enraged because everyone began pointing their finger at her, Ailes advice was to “Lie low, if you want to respond later, fine, but do not interfere with the memorial service.”
Palin ended up ignoring Ailes’s advice and went ahead and released her now-infamous “blood libel” video the morning Obama traveled to Tucson. For Ailes, the move was further evidence that Palin was flailing around off-message. “Why did you call me for advice?” A Republican source who is close to Roger told New York Magazine, “He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”
NEXT PAGE: So what does Roger and Fox News do in 2012? Make money or take the White House?
As far as Fox News’ influence, a person close to Ailes says, “It would be easy to look at Fox and think its conservative because Rupert (Murdoch) and Roger are conservative and they program it the way they like. And to a degree, that’s true. But it’s also a business, and the way the business works is, they control conservative commentary the way ESPN controls the market for sports.”
On the 2012 election, Ailes feels he hasn’t found any of candidates compelling, not Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels nor Mitt Romney. He finds flaws in all of them except Chris Christie, who Ailes believes is a great candidate. An ordinary guy, someone you’d be comfortable talking to over your back fence.
But Ailes may have seen something else. Christie’s got Fox News TV values with a ready-made reel. And of course, Obama versus Christie is a producer’s dream: black versus white, fat versus thin, professor versus prosecutor.
But if Roger can’t convince Gov. Christie to run, you might see him remain awful silent…silently rooting for Obama in 2012, so Fox News can have another four years of great prosperity!