“Randi Anderson, a television producer who went to work for CNBC when Ailes was running that channel twenty years ago…alleges that Ailes offered her an extra $100 a week to have sex with him whenever he wanted.”
See, we knew there was a reason the Fox News organization was trying so hard to discredit Gabriel Sherman and his new unauthorized Roger Ailes bio The Loudest Voice in the Room, for which he claims to have interviewed 614 people. Thanks for showing us the dirt, Wonkette!
The book isn’t on shelves yet, but The New York Times has already provided the public with some details.
Ailes may be “a visionary” who recognized the power of video (aka multimedia content) to shape public opinion years before everyone else, but according to the Times summary he also did some of those things that media people do.
He “…told fellow Fox News executives point-blank: ‘I want to elect the next president.'”
No surprise there.
He “privately [called] Bill O’Reilly ‘a book salesman with a TV show’ and Brian Kilmeade…’a soccer coach from Long Island.'”
The Hamptons are quite nice.
He “…advised [Senator Paul] Ryan that his television skills needed work and recommended a speech coach.”
But not a fitness coach.
He supposedly “unleashed a vulgar, anti-Semitic slur at his rival” and former NBC exec David Zaslav (the book notes that both parties deny this).
Oh, and he also evinces a “volatile temper and domineering behavior”, in case you didn’t get that. We’re gonna go out on a super-thin limb here, but he sounds kinda like your average media mogul, doesn’t he? What’s the big deal?
Here’s your statement of support from Random House spokesperson Theresa Zoro:
The book is “an objective and rigorously reported account of Roger Ailes’s life and his running of Fox News. We fully stand by the book.”
…and here’s your requisite “none of this is true, and what bounces off me sticks to you” statement from an unnamed Fox flack:
“These charges are false. While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”
In other words:
“…there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”
Got it, thanks.