This is just a short one point piece about Roger Ailes.
But it does seem to be a point that few in media have articulated.
Basically Gretchen Carson’s lawyers need a hell of a lot of kudos for executing a brilliant strategy. When they made the charges against Ailes alone and not Fox News itself, nor its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, they effectively positioned themselves to checkmate Ailes.
They did this even though everyone knows that Roger Ailes is Fox news.
So what is the game? Well clearly they are looking to exploit the already evident fissure between Roger Ailes and the Murdoch family. I strongly suspect that both Murdoch kids (James and Lachlan), who are beginning to run the empire, hold Roger Ailes in utter contempt–as should we all…
James Murdoch is married to Kathryn Hufschmid, who works for the Clinton Climate Initiative, a charitable foundation set up by former President Clinton in 2006. Asked about his views on climate change denial during an interview with The Observer newspaper (which is not owned by News International) in June 2009, James Murdoch replied: “How we deal with climate change deniers depends on who they are. If they run energy policy for large governments, then they’re a problem. If it’s a random columnist, ignore them for a while.”
In early 2008, shortly after James Murdoch took the helm at News International, the company’s most profitable tabloid newspaper, The Sun, appointed its first environment correspondent, Ben Jackson. The newspaper has sought to report environmental issues, including climate change, more prominently.
The London Telegraph reports that “Thanks to friendships with Al Gore and Bill Clinton, he [James Murdoch] has developed deep green instincts?” His father made a $500,000 gift to the Clinton Global Initiative. “I’ve gotten to know Al [Gore] in a number of different contexts in the last number of years,” James Murdoch told the Financial Times in an interview. We “think the same way about the necessity of being realistic concerning the climate crisis,” Gore piped in during the same interview.
Rupert Murdoch has been painted as the bad guy, but all he cares about is money, the bottom line. Even Rupert realizes that Ailes is a doubled-edged sword. He was quoted as saying, “You know, Roger is crazy,” Murdoch recently told a colleague, shaking his head in disbelief, “He really believes that stuff.” (i.e. all the Fox news conspiracy theories and false narratives).
Carlson’s lawyers have effectively triggered a domino effect, creating a wedge between Ailes and his employers, giving James and Lachlan Murdoch the green light to throw Ailes overboard, allowing other women to come out and tell their stories, knowing that they are not attacking their employer, but an ever more isolated and doomed employee. The final nail in the coffin being Megan Kelly—who may not have been in touch with Carlson’s lawyers, but now felt free to spill the beans to the Murdoch lawyers, who are not trying to defend Ailes, but rather get the truth. We all know that Truth to Ailes is like garlic to a vampire—and Ailes’ career has always sucked, but now it is in the tank. The whole of humanity can begin to celebrate, because it is hard to overstate how much damage Ailes, the World’s Worst Weasel has wrought upon humanity—and his nefarious reach stretched far beyond Fox news, into the darkest corners of fake Journalism and hate radio.
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and youAnd I think to myself what a wonderful worldI see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred nightAnd I think to myself what a wonderful world.The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do