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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.”

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The Onion News Network On CNN, FNC, MSNBC: ‘We Will Never Misinform The Public As Much As They Do’

Earlier today IFC held a lunch to celebrate the launch of its own cable news operation, The Onion News Network.

Anchors “Brooke Alvarez” (played by former Fox News Channel anchor Suzanne Sena). “Tucker Hope” (played by Todd Alan Crain), “Jim Haggerty” (Brad Holbrook) and Tracy Gill (Tracy Toth) appeared in a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Alter, and also spoke to media reporters–in character–about the fake news show.

(l-r) Jim Haggerty, Tracy Gill, Brooke Alvarez, Tucker Hope and Jonathan Alter

“On behalf of our entire news team, I just wanted to say thank you to our competitors at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC,” said ONN executive producer Will Graham at the start of the lunch. “They really set the bar so high, whether it is making their graphics swooshier, or doing more and more coverage of missing teen girls every day, we wouldn’t have the inspiration that keeps driving us. Thank you to them, and just know that we will never misinform the public as much as they do.”

The program takes the format of cable news, and uses it to push outlandish stories… albeit stories with a grain of truth. For example, coverage of nasty winter weather comes with the splashy chyron: “SNOWLOCAUST:”
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The Ticker: FNC, BBC, Colbert…

> The highly-rated two-hour FNC weekend specials, hosted by Neil Cavuto, continue tomorrow, from 10-NoonET. The special, “Fox News Special Business Report: Stock Shock,” focuses on the economic turmoil this week.

> BBC America’s Newsnight airs at 6pmET tonight, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, with a focus on post-election issues, including the economy and foreign diplomacy. See a clip here.

> This exchange took place between Stephen Colbert and Jonathan Alter on last night’s Colbert Report: Colbert — “[Keith] Olbermann‘s insane, right?” Alter — “Olbermann is our great resource now in this country to get the truth out.” Colbert — “He rants like a guy who saves his own urine.” Click continued to see the interview…

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