Former Governor Urges Ailes Apprentices to ‘Bring No Ideology’ to Their Work


By Richard Horgan Comment

L. Douglas Wilder, who served as Governor of Virginia from 1990-1994 and mayor of Richmond from 2005-2009, was recently in New York City to address a class of Ailes Apprentice Program students. And thanks to the good folks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there is a full transcript of his inspiring remarks.


On the cusp of his 83rd birthday, Wilder – the first African-American to be elected governor of a U.S. state post-Reconstruction – set the bar high. In fact, one of his pieces of advice would seem to go against the grain of the very network presided over by apprenticeship program patron Roger Ailes:

“First and foremost, bring no ideology to your work. Bring a magnifying glass and a flashlight, but do not bring an agenda. You must let events sit tall in the saddle — cracking the whip, wearing the spurs — and remember that you are along only for the ride.”

“Following that advice won’t always be easy… but it will always be essential. Also, challenge yourselves always to be dynamic thinkers. What you think today doesn’t necessarily have to be what you think tomorrow — and often shouldn’t be if you are learning and growing.”

Wilder also had some trenchant comments about the target-demo of every listicle-loving website: Millenials. Read those remarks here.