Fox News Denies Receiving Letter Regarding Ensign Affair

By SteveK 

Fox News is denying reports the network received a letter from Doug Hampton, whose wife had an affair with Sen. John Ensign, sent five days before Ensign’s news conference, detailing the entirety of the affair.

The Las Vegas Sun reported this morning: “The letter presented for the first time Doug Hampton’s view of what took place. It was addressed to Megyn Kelly at Fox News’ corporate office in New York.”

But Fox News tells The Huffington Post the letter never made it to Kelly or the network. “He might have sent it, but we never received it,” said Tom Lowell, senior producer of America’s Newsroom. “He did reach out to us about 24 hours before the news conference, and he sent an e-mail to a booker on my staff…We followed up with him, but he seemed evasive and not credible, thus we didn’t pursue it.”


At the time of Ensign’s announcement, a spokesperson said Hampton had contacted “a major television news channel,” before the conference. “I categorically deny that we ever reached out to the senator in any way shape or form prior to him making his announcement,” said Lowell.

In the Hampton letter, which FNC received as an attachment to the email, he said, “I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people’s lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome.”