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Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes Revealed in Documents in Judith Regan News Corp. Lawsuit

Judith Regan‘s four-year-old wrongful termination lawsuit against News Corp. is back in the news today.

The New York Times uncovered documents from the suit which show Fox News co-founder and Chairman Roger Ailes is the senior News Corp. executive who, Regan claims, asked her lie to federal investigators about her affair with NYPD chief Bernard Kerik, who at the time of the alleged request was being vetted as DHS secretary. (He didn’t get the job and is currently in prison).

The TimesRuss Beutner also writes about an alleged taped phone conversation between Ailes and Regan:

Of course, if it were to become public, the tape could be highly embarrassing to Mr. Ailes, a onetime adviser to Richard Nixon whom critics deride as a partisan who engineers Fox News coverage to advance Republicans and damage Democrats, something Fox has long denied.

In 2008, Regan settled her $100 million lawsuit against News Corp. for a $10.75 million, an amount which was only revealed when Regan’s lawyers sued her for firing them. It is from documents in that suit, which revealed today’s news.

News Corp. spokeswoman Teri Everett tells The Times News Corp. has a letter from Regan “stating that Mr. Ailes did not intend to influence her with respect to a government investigation.”

“The matter is closed,” she added.

Somewhere, Keith Olbermann is wishing he had a show tonight.

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The Ticker: Oz, Ifill, Ailes…

> Dr. Mehmet Oz was surprised this morning on Good Morning America by a man he helped after a traffic crash in Virginia Beach last week. “I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Stanley Tatum to Oz by phone. “You don’t just talk the talk, but you walk the walk.”

> As he mentioned on today’s Media Menu, FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin reports on “what some TV types are talking about today“: Gwen Ifill‘s rare appearance on ABC’s This Week yesterday. The regular Meet the Press guest had expressed interest, and was reported to be considered, for the moderator job.

> At the end of today’s Rush & Molloy-refereed brawl between Judith Regan and Michael Wolff, FNC CEO Roger Ailes makes a guest appearance. Wolff says Ailes called “a date” with Regan “the scariest three hours of my life,” Regan responds by saying “we went out to dinner to talk business,” and Ailes concurs: “Judith’s version is correct. It was a business dinner.”

Morning Media Menu: December 15

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Today on the podcast: David Gregory Meets the Press, Politico meets Reuters and Judith Regan promises to meet Michael Wolff…in court.



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Morning Media Menu: December 10

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Today on the podcast: Illinois Gov. Blago and the Tribune, the New York Times’ financial troubles and Judith Regan‘s settlement revealed.



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