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Roger Ailes Tries to Quiet The Jesse Jackson Rumormill

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>Update: TVNewser has learned Ailes’ letter was in response to one his office received earlier in the day from Hughes. We’re trying to get our hands on the letter…

>Update, Update: The Hughes letter to Ailes is also after the jump…

In response to the growing storm over what Jesse Jackson did or did not say during that open mic moment last week, none other than the founder and chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has fired off a letter to the founder and chairwoman of Radio One, Cathy Hughes.

Radio One is the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. One of its properties, NewsOne.com, reported receiving the Ailes letter late yesterday. It confirms what O’Reilly Factor EP David Tabacoff told TVNewser, that Jackson did not use the phrase “half breed n—–” when talking about Barack Obama.

Ailes writes, “I can categorically deny that Fox News Channel is in possession of a tape containing the alleged statement supposedly made by Reverend Jackson.”

Click continued to see the letter from Ailes…


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> Update: Below is the letter from RadioOne’s Cathy Hughes to Roger Ailes. The conversation began by phone earlier in the day, which is why Hughes’ first line is “Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry.”

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