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Friday, July 29, 2011

Is The Relationship Souring Between Murdoch And Fox’s Ailes?

Roger Ailes, left, stands in front of News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch at a conference after he was named chairman and CEO of News Corp.'s Fox News in 1996. (AP)

Roger Ailes, left, stands in front of News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch at a conference after he was named chairman and CEO of News Corp.'s Fox News in 1996. (AP)

As head of News Corp. Rupert Murdoch tries to stem the damage from the British hacking scandal, reporter Tim Dickinson takes a closer look at Murdoch’s relationship with his holding Fox News, specifically its chairman Roger Ailes.

Fox is the most profitable arm of News Corp. and Dickinson says that has given Ailes power within the company–that some say makes him impossible for Murdoch to manage.

“There is some deep enmity that has developed over the years.” Dickinson says that’s in part because Ailes helped engineer the ouster from News Corp. of Rupert’s son Lachlan Murdoch, who was long Rupert’s heir-apparent.

Fox News responded to this story by saying that “Tim Dickinson is a fraud who continues to peddle lies about Roger Ailes, FOX News and Rupert Murdoch.”


  • Tim Dickinson, reporter for Rolling Stone magazine

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  • Matt

    I found myself continually saying “That’s what I though!”  Through this whole story.  Thanks.  One other thing to remember though.  Fox makes great entertainment.  Say what you will about their politics, they know how to entertain and keep you coming back for more.  That is what, in my opinion, is so sad about this whole media mess we find ourselves in.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jtaylor37 Jonathan Taylor

      Yeah then you find that they are very “deceptive” behind what they do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551540641 Elstun W. Lauesen

    So…this man who worked as a lobbyist to influence media and message for the Tobacco Industry against health care now sits atop the most successful cable news network in the world. And Juan Williams is making a career out of whining about liberal bias at NPR? Why doesn’t Juan take on a real monster…Oh…I almost forgot: Roger Ailes hired him for $2 M to add to his useful tool chest.

  • PS Frog

    Here’s an idea…how about getting a former or current Fox reporter like Ed Henry or John Roberts and ask them if they were told to slant their reporting?  Maybe ask them compare the experiences with CNN and Fox?   I guess it’s easier to keep  “passing on speculation” as your guest admitted at one point during the interview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acperrin Chris Perrin

    Just more evidence that “Faux” News is just the propaganda arm of the Republican Party.

  • jen

    How come there is never an article on how MSNBC is 24/7 pro democrat anti republican.?
    Oh yea, that would show the blatant hypocrisy of the left wing hacks.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jtaylor37 Jonathan Taylor

      Typical tea party idiot! Fox news unlike all of the other media is right wing ALL THE WAY! Tell me of 1 liberal person (other than Colms)? MNBC employs MANY conservatives as well as progressives!

      • PS Frog

        Bob Beckle.

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