This is great:
Sarah Palin’s announcement that she wouldn’t run for president disappointed her legions of admirers — but it infuriated Roger Ailes. The Fox News chief wasn’t angry about the decision itself. Rather, he was livid that Palin made the October 5 announcement on Mark Levin’s conservative talk-radio program, robbing Fox News of an exclusive and a possible ratings bonanza. Fox was relegated to getting a follow-up interview with Palin on Greta Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. show, after the news of Palin’s decision had been drowned out by Steve Jobs’s death. Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013.
Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel
Gawker uncovered an amazing document written by Fox News chief Roger Ailes in 1971 when he served as a consultant to President Richard Nixon. The plan was buried within Nixon’s presidential archives and explains how Republicans could circumvent the “prejudices of network news” and deliver “pro-administration” stories to television viewers.
Must read of the day.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), on Fox News president Roger Ailes saying that NPR is run by Nazis”:
“Mr. Speaker, I find those words to be very offensive and inappropiate. Relatives of mine were among the millions of Jews and others who died in the Holocaust… The Maddow Blog
The plot, she thickens.
Krugman calls FOX News ‘deliberate misinformation’ to Roger Ailes’ face.