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Media as kingmaker: Roger Ailes rules over first GOP debate

New York Magazine

 Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News in 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Amid ample confusion, one thing is clear: Fox News boss Roger Ailes is the power behind the throne for the first big Republican presidential debate.

No, it’s probably really the power in front of the debate throne.

Fox is running next week’s first debate in Cleveland and, at this point, it’s even unclear which ten candidates will be allowed on stage (or at least who’ll be the tenth and final combatant, given Fox’s ultimately poll-driven decision).

Ailes was a master of stagecraft as a GOP political operative and, fittingly, there’s been much discussion and lobbying over the format.

“Fox told campaigns this week that the candidates will be lined up onstage according to their poll numbers, with the leader in the center and the others to his left and right. Read more


Fox News boss not excited by any GOP candidate?

New York Magazine

Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News, speaks during the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in this 2006 file photo.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News, speaks during the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in this 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

We know that Fox News will reflexively show sympathy for the Republican nominee for the White House in 2016.

But, says New York Magazine, Fox chief Roger Ailes is pretty unimpressed with the likely GOP field so far.

Amid an analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s planned changes in the 21st Century Fox hierarchy, the magazine cites multiple unidentified sources as indicating that Roger Ailes “simply isn’t dazzled by any of the GOP contenders so far.”

It further indicates that he’s privately clashed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, over several issues, including immigration reform. Read more


Treat each new job like a classroom, says Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner, an anchor for "Outnumbered" and "Fox Report Weekend,"  learned

Harris Faulkner, now an anchor for “Outnumbered” and “Fox Report Weekend,” picked between jobs in different markets based on the kind of experience she might get there.

When Harris Faulkner picked up the phone Tuesday morning, she was in her office, getting ready for the day ahead.

It would be a big one. The Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments on same-sex marriage. Baltimore was reeling from riots that took place the previous day. President Barack Obama was planning to address the media in the White House Rose Garden with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

And it was also an important day for Faulkner, who was celebrating the one-year anniversary of “Outnumbered,” the daytime panel show she anchors that pits four female hosts against “one lucky guy” on the issues of the day. Read more


Gregg Jarrett claims Roger Ailes saved him from alcoholism


After an embarrassing performance on the air, a trip to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic, a relapse and arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and months of work at the Betty Ford Center, Gregg Jarrett has told the story of how he has been able to stay sober and get back to his job as an anchor at Fox News. And he claims that he couldn’t have done it without Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

(Photo courtesy of Fox News)

In an interview with TVNewser reporter Mark Joyella, Jarrett recalled that after he appeared to slur his words during a broadcast in April 2014, he walked into a meeting with Ailes and confessed that he had a serious drinking problem. Ailes, Jarrett said, guaranteed his job and worked with Fox News staff to get him checked into a rehabilitation clinic. Read more

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Did National Geographic ban a CNN reporter “out of respect” for Bill O’Reilly?

Business Insider

Tom Kludt, a media reporter with CNN who has covered the allegations that Bill O’Reilly fabricated stories about his past reporting, claimed today that he was denied a press credential to cover the premier of the Fox News host’s National Geographic documentary, “Killing Jesus.”

In a series of tweets this afternoon, Kludt claimed that he requested a press pass to be on the red carpet for tonight’s premier, but that a National Geographic publicist denied him the pass “out of respect” for O’Reilly, who co-wrote the book on which the documentary is based.

When Business Insider reached National Geographic spokesperson Chris Albert for comment, Albert issued a statement confirming that Kludt was denied a press pass, but only because press attention for the event was overwhelming, and CNN already had one news crew scheduled to attend the premier. Read more


James Warren will be Poynter’s chief media correspondent

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren will join Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent starting in April. Warren is currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. Read more


Rick Green will be publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rick Green, president and publisher of The Des Moines Register, will become president and publisher of the The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett announced Wednesday.

Green will also become regional president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, according to the press release. He will replace Margaret Buchanan, who is retiring after more than a decade as publisher.

Before Green became publisher at The Register, he was vice president and editor there. During his tenure as editor at The Des Moines Register, the paper was criticized for publishing an interactive map that examined the distribution of security officers at school districts in Iowa. Critics said the map would allow a gunman to determine which schools would be susceptible to “a Sandy Hook-style attack,” according to Fox News.

The Register took the map down, and Green told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that he wished the paper would have handled it differently. Read more


Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building

The Wall Street Journal

A man who fatally shot himself outside News Corp’s New York headquarters was a former employee of a Fox News affiliate, Pervaiz Shallwani and Heather Haddon wrote Monday for The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal report, attributed to “a law enforcement official,” says the man, Phillip Perea, worked out of a station in Austin, Texas. He was “handing out fliers” that blamed his employers for having “ended my career,” right before he shot himself:

A suicide note and a gun were recovered at the scene, the official said. Mr. Perea took to his Twitter page about an hour before the shooting, further criticizing his former employer and linking to a more than 8-minute YouTube video laying out his complaints.

A Twitter account registered to a user matching the name given to The Wall Street Journal tweeted Monday about workplace bullying and linked to a YouTube playlist called “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career.” There are 35 videos in the playlist, and many feature a narrator discussing perceived conflicts with his employer. Read more

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Paris plans to sue Fox News


CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour tweeted Tuesday that the city would sue Fox News:

Fox News previously issued multiple apologies for segments on shows that described so-called Muslim “no-go” zones. One Fox News guest described these zones as places where “Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in,” characterizations that Fox News apologized for, according to Erik Wemple.

When pressed by Amanpour, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo made clear that the city singled out Fox News for litigation, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman reports.

Here’s the video of Hidalgo talking to Amanpour:

It’s unlikely that Paris will be successful in its suit for a couple of reasons, said Anthony L. Read more


Sharyl Attkisson is suing the government

Politico | Fox News

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice for illegal surveillance allegedly conducted while she was reporting on the government, multiple sources reported Monday.

Attkisson told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz she and her attorneys have evidence tying the government to various surveillance attempts including monitoring the audio on her Skype account and refreshing “software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers.”

Attkisson previously detailed the accusations of government surveillance in her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” which was published in November. Among other things, the book mentions a suspicious cable that was attached to her Verizon FiOS box. Read more

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