Ailes Announces He Won’t Run For President

By Andrew Gauthier 


Fox News President and CEO Roger Ailes is laughing off the entreaties of some friends and associates and will not run for president in 2012, an aide said Friday.

Ailes replied when asked about the possibility, according to the aide: “This country needs fair and balanced news more now than ever before, so I’m going to decline a run for the presidency. Besides, I can’t take the pay cut.”

Friends and associates have encouraged him to run, POLITICO reported earlier Friday.

“Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and that’s what we need now,” said one friend of the he Fox founder, chairman and CEO.

Frank Luntz, the well-known Republican pollster, said Ailes would be a force if he made the run. More…