TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily
KOB - TV is looking for a Morning Executive Producer. next job Bloomberg LP is looking for a Senior Producer. next job WKOW TV is looking for a News Director. next job NBCUniversal is looking for a Producer, WVIT. next job WTKR/WGNT TV is looking for a News Producer. next job KGW is looking for a News Producer. next job WPIX11 is looking for a Line Producer. next job Vidicom is looking for a TV News Writer. see all

Roger Ailes Responds To Claims Made In Jonathan Alter Book

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes emailed with Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, to talk about a new book by Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter. Alter’s book is about the 2012 election campaign, but there are also elements about the intersection of the media and politics, including a number of points about the Fox News chairman and CEO.

In the emails to Allen and VandeHei, Ailes disputes most of the things Alter writes about him in his book.

Allegation: “Tales of his paranoia had circulated for years, like the time he tried to order bombproof glass for his office because he thought homosexuals outside News Corp. headquarters on Sixth Avenue might shoot at him.”

Ailes: “He says I tried to bombproof the office by ordering bombproof glass because I thought that homosexuals might shoot at me. First of all, Alter must be homophobic to even think like that. If a bomb goes off the whole damn building goes down, it doesn’t matter what glass you have. It’s a stupid accusation. I came into this office 17 years ago, the same windows exist and the blinds are frequently open.”

Allegation: “[A]fter Murdoch pushed him to moderate Fox’s coverage of Obama, Ailes threatened to quit.”

Ailes: “Rupert Murdoch never asked me to ease up on Obama and I never threatened to resign.”

They also got a response to Ailes’ response from Alter:

Alter, during a break between interviews on his book tour, told us: “The question is, do you believe me or Roger Ailes?”

Alter said his scoops “came from current or former News Corp. employees.” Saying how surprised he was that Ailes would engage “at this level,” Alter added: “Roger is a bully. And like a lot of bullies, he can dish it out but he can’t take it.”

Mediabistro Course

Get $25 OFF Podcasting

PodcastingStarting July 31, learn how to develop and create your own podcast in just a a matter of weeks! In this course you'll learn how to determine the goals of your podcast, pinpoint your concept, contact and book guests, distribute and market your podcast and more. Get $25 OFF with code CLASS25. Register now!