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Roger Ailes (Maybe) Sorry for Calling New York Times Reporters ‘Scum’

While speaking at Ohio University, Fox News honcho Roger Ailes predictably praised his network and blasted The New York Times. Poytner reports that Ailes said the paper was a “cess pool of bias” and called the Times’ reporters a “lying bunch of scum.” Perhaps someone pointed out to Ailes the irony of him — a man who works for a company that is under investigation for illegally spying on people — saying other people were liars, because now he has apologized. Sort of. Kind of. Maybe.

According to The Daily Beast, Ailes “realizes he went too far and regrets using that language.” Unfortunately, Ailes himself didn’t say that. This information was relayed to The Daily Beast by an anonymous “Fox News executive.”

So does Ailes really regret his attack on the Times? If so, why didn’t he just say that, instead of having a mystery person issue a statement? We would ask Ailes ourselves, but frankly, his potty mouth is quite intimidating.

Roger Ailes Calls Gawker a Porn Site, Reiterates That He’s Rich

You didn’t think we’d get out of the Gawker Fox News Mole story without a comment from Roger Ailes, did you? We certainly hope not. While addressing the media during The Hollywood Reporter’s “New York Issue” event, Ailes had a hilarious take on the whole thing:

What is Gawker? Is that that pornographic website? I don’t care if they have a mole beause we aren’t doing anything wrong, so it doesn’t matter… they hate me because I make money and I do it legitimately and they don’t like my politics, and that’s America.

Someone needs to remember to put “They hate me because I make money and I do it legitimately and they don’t like my politics, and that’s America,” on Ailes’ tombstone one day, because that is gold.

Hollywood Reporter’s ‘New York Issue’ Lists 35 Most Powerful People in Media

The Hollywood Reporter is getting its New York fix with its Spring issue. Inside, the magazine lists the “35 Most Powerful People in The Media,” which is always a fun thing to check out. THR’s list spans the usual suspects, but is heavy on those in TV.

For your enjoyment, we’ve provided a partial list below. They’re in no particular order, either, so don’t start bragging. THR’s “New York Issue” is available today.

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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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Roger Ailes, Barry Diller & The Squawk Box Super Heroes

1003_mockup.gifHail! Hail! The Wednesday gang is all here. The lunch scene at Michael’s was firing on all cylinders today as moguls (Barry Diller! Roger Ailes!), high-profile editors (David Zinczenko, Cindi Leive) and a heaping helping of talking heads (Kathie Lee Gifford, Ashleigh Banfield, Joe Kernen, Larry Kudlow and Andrew Ross Sorkin) made for a tasty media stew. There was actually gridlock in the dining room as the famous and fabulous stood in the aisles to intercept friends (and possible future employers?) on their way to their tables.

The biggest crowd was circling around Table One where Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller and Gerry Byrne (who is on parent company Penske Media Corp’s board) were hosting their monthly lunch where they bring together an interesting mix of folk to “cross-pollinate” says Bonnie, who leads the group as they chew over the latest trends in media (particularly in the digital space) and weigh in on how it affects their respective businesses. Gerry was the lone man among a table full of opinionated, highly successful women who weighed in on everything from reality stars — we learned Ashleigh Banfield is more than a little obsessed with the Kardashian sisters — to intellectual property. Designer Heather Thomson told the group that she spent $2.5 million in a lawsuit against lingerie giant Maidenform when she charged them with copying her patented three-panel tank top. She was awarded $6.57 million as settlement. Her takeaway: “Innovation needs to be protected.”

Leading the cheer for all that is digital, Bonnie said, “I’m so happy I crossed over from print” and is hooked by the immediacy of it all. “As a magazine editor, I felt like I was having a one-way conversation so much of the time,” she said of her stints as editor- in-chief at Glamour, Us Weekly and Cosmo. “At Hollywoodlife.com, we are intensely focused on our relationships with women with a need to know about the things they are about right now.”  Bonnie says the site is now getting 4.7 million monthly uniques who come to get their fix on everything concerning Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber and the Kardashian sisters.

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The gang at Table One

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Huge Bonuses Show It’s Still Good to Be Part of News Corp.

Even though News Corp. is fighting off the pesky phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch and friends (that sounds like a bad Saturday morning cartoon) are still making bank. According to The Guardian, Murdoch got a $12.5 million bonus for this past fiscal year, boosting his total pay up 47 percent to $33 million. The rest of the company’s leadership did well too.

James Murdoch might be skating on thin ice, but that ice is made out of $100 bills. Yeah, that doesn’t really make any sense, but c’mon, it’s the Friday before a holiday. James received a $6 million cash bonus taking his total to about $18 million — a 74 percent increase.

Chase Carey had a good year as well, taking in a $10 million bonus for a total of $30 million. Then there’s Roger Ailes, the mastermind of Fox News. He only got a $1.5m bonus, bringing his pay up to $15.5 million.

Not bad for a company that’s supposedly facing some tough times, right?

UPDATE:
James has reportedly just turned down his bonus because of the phone hacking scandal.

Gawker Suing Chris Christie Over Fox News Probe

Gawker is bringing Governor Chris Christie to court, alleging that he and Roger Ailes have exchanged emails that go beyond the typical LOLCat forward.

John Cook, a writer for the site, tells The New York Times that he believes those emails (which the governor’s office is refusing to give up) will prove that Ailes is providing political advice to Christie:

Through the lawsuit, Mr. Cook hopes to either obtain the records of contacts between the two men, or, alternatively, to have Mr. Christie’s office explain to a judge why each of the records is confidential. ‘That,’ he said, ‘would be, in and of itself, a newsworthy outcome.’

This is the first time Gawker Media has filed a lawsuit to obtain information, and they sure picked a big target. If it seems like pretty much every News Corp. entity is under attack lately, well, that’s because they are.

Fox News Launches its iPad App

If 24 hours a day of Fox News coverage of the world isn’t enough for you, Mashable reports that conservatives’ favorite news network is now launching its very own iPad app, promised to be as fair and balanced as the rest of Roger Ailes‘ empire.

According to Jeremy Steinberg, Fox News VP of digital media ad sales and business development, Fox News waited until now to release its app because it was looking for “the critical mass that would support the app financially.”

What you can expect: the app is divided into two key sections: a “Happening Now” section and a story timeline. Also, lots of ExxonMobil advertising, as Exxon is the exclusive launch partner for Fox News’s iPad app. But no live video so far. So don’t give up the cable channel just yet.

Dan Abrams Lashes Back After Greta Van Susteren Blasts Mediaite

Another Monday, another weekend media feud to report. This time it’s between Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren and blogul Dan Abrams, who owns Mediaite and its related sites, including our personal favorite, Mogulite.

On Saturday, Van Susteren took to her blog to complain about the fact that she and Fox News had covered a serious, important story about how North Korea is about to run out of food in June, but when Mediaite covered her report, they focused only on how many viewers they had. This was their “silly” headline:  “Among Viewers 25-54, Van Susteren Leads Cooper By Just 63,000 Viewers At 10 P.M.”

Van Susteren starts out by saying she’s upset that Mediaite chose this trivial angle to report on, and not the real North Korea story. But her point gets lost because she then seems more upset that Mediaite didn’t choose to report more flattering numbers:

I figure the website hates Fox since, although equally trivial when millions are dying, mediaite.com chose not to highlight that 1.6 TOTAL watched our broadcast

If the number of people who watched is so trivial compared to the story, Van Susteren, why keep quibbling over it? Moreover, Mediaite is a website devoted to reporting ratings. Comparing ratings between networks is their beat! They never purported to be a general news site. The whole thing is sort of maddening.

Abrams posted an annoyed response:

I was struck by the hypocrisy of your post. When you and Fox News crow about your own ratings do you put an asterisk when the ratings skyrocket for something trivial like the national obsession with Natalie Holloway? Of course not. What if during that same period, CNN is covering stories of far greater national significance?

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Former Newsweek President Explains Magazine’s “Disaster” First Quarter Ad Sales, April 18
  2. Roger Ailes Allegedly Caught Spying on Newspaper Reporters, April 18
  3. New York Times and Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism, April 18
  4. Veteran Imus Sidekick/Newsman Charles McCord Retiring, April 15
  5. New Adweek Features Typo on Cover, April 19
  6. Exploring the New Toni Braxton and Sisters WEtv Reality Show, April 12

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