Roger Ailes isn’t going anywhere.
At least, that’s how the pugnacious Fox News founder and president responded to rumours that Murdoch family members are shoving him out of News Corp.
A News Corp. representative told us the assertions were “laughable.”
But Ailes wasn’t amused.
He made headline news for creating a $700 million company. But media pundits speculated about a quote from Matthew Freud, a London public relations impresario who married Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth in 2001. He said in the New York Times piece: “I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”
As for that “other global media business” bit: Freud’s public relations firm lists CNN as one of their clients. Tricky.
Ailes spoke with The Los Angeles Times.
LA Times: He said Freud’s remarks “didn’t make sense to me,” and added that stories that “I’m a dead man” are “being manufactured.” Ailes said he’s sure he has met Freud but, “I couldn’t pick him out of a lineup … most people who have a problem at least walk up to me and talk to me about it.”
“There is nothing to the idea that I have any problem with the children,” he said. “The entire Murdoch family has been nothing but supportive.” Elisabeth Murdoch and News Corp CEO James Murdoch reached out to Ailes Monday.
News Corp. president Chase Carey also came to his defence. “News Corp. is 100% behind Roger Ailes,” he told the LA Times.
If trash-talking Murdoch relatives want to kick out Ailes, they will have their chance in 2013, when his contract is up. In the meantime, they will have to answer to News Corp. shareholders, who will want to see those Fox News profits on the rise.
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