Tuesday, Dec 01st

Last update02:38:10 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media How Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Tried To Win Republicans The White House

How Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Tried To Win Republicans The White House

E-mail Print PDF

fox newsAround 5 p.m. on Election Day 2012, Fox News chief Roger Ailes realized that Mitt Romney would not make it to the White House. "Thank you, Chris Christie," Ailes groused.

Ailes was frustrated that the New Jersey governor appeared alongside President Barack Obama days earlier to survey the damage of Hurricane Sandy. When Ailes was told polling data suggested the incident hadn't hurt the Republican Party's chances, he responded: "Well, hugging the guy couldn't help people feel good about Romney, either."

This wasn't how the race was supposed to end. During an afternoon meeting before the 2010 midterm elections, Ailes told executives he wanted "to elect the next president."

Fox News already ruled the ratings and boasts annual earnings of around $1 billion. Most network chiefs would be ecstatic. But Ailes isn’t like most –- or really, any -– other top cable news executives. A visionary in the world of political messaging on television, Ailes had advised three past Republican presidents on how to use the medium to their advantage. And now he planned to use his talents for the party once more.

With the exception of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ailes had privately knocked the 2008 Republican field as the “seven dwarves" and wasn't impressed with the crop of 2012 contenders. He unsuccessfully tried twice to convince Christie to run in 2012 and sent an emissary to Afghanistan with hopes that Gen. David Petraeus would enter the race.


Most Recent Related Stories...

NYT and WP Journalists Failed to Disclose Sources’ Funding From Monsanto

Monsanto connection hidden by major newspapersFollowing a Columbia Journalism Review article on whether science journalists should accept money from corporate interests,...

Reporter: Trump camp requiring bathroom escorts for press

Trump demands bathroom escorts for pressDonald Trump’s campaign is requiring journalists at rallies to have bathroom escorts, according to an NBC...

Hundreds protest jailing of 2 journalists in Turkey

HUndreds protest Turkey jailing of journalistsHundreds of protesters gathered outside the Istanbul office of an opposition newspaper Friday, accusing the government...

Greenwald Goes After CNN's Coverage Of Paris Attacks While On CNN

Glenn GreenwaldHow did CNN not see this interview going south?When CNN's "Reliable Sources" asked Glenn Greenwald, a...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!