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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