Yesterday morning FishbowlNY picked up on a rumor that Roger Ailes was going to be indicted this week, possibly even today. The rumor was sparked by a blog post by Barry Ritholtz, in which he cited a source telling him that Ailes was in serious, imminent trouble. Naturally, we tweeted about it and waited to hear anything more. Well, Justin Elliott at Salon, has more; or at least more about the specifics behind the rumor.
Apparently the source Ritholtz cited in his post was some random guy he met at an airport. Perfect! Elliot explains:
Here’s what happened, according to Ritholtz, who just got back from a vacation on the tropical island: He was sitting in the Barbados airport waiting for a plane to arrive and he struck up a conversation with an older man sitting next to him.
‘We started chatting and next thing I know, we’re waiting to leave the gate, his phone rings and he tells his wife, ‘yeah Ailes just canceled the event,’ Ritholtz says, describing the man as “obviously annoyed and frustrated.’
The man runs an annual event in March at which Ailes was scheduled to speak, according to Ritholtz, who declined to specify the event. When he asked the man why Ailes canceled, the man said Ailes was about to be indicted. He describes the man, who he would not name, as an ‘Upper East Side Democrat.’
Well, thank god he’s an Upper East Side Democrat and not a Hell’s Kitchen Independent, because then this story would really lack credibiltiy.
Perhaps the guy will end up being right, but maybe, just maybe, Ritholtz should have waited and got another source before starting up the rumor mill.