‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 5.04.58 PM Following the death of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes last week, tributes were offered in print and on air both from likely, and perhaps unlikely, sources. But in the opening paragraph of a New York Times op-ed out Monday, Monica Lewinsky said that she did not plan to have her piece serve as another Ailes obituary. “It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally,” Lewinsky wrote. Calling it a “culture of exploitation,” Lewinsky blasted the environment at Fox News and other cable news outlets — where salacious Lewinsky coverage turned out to be a ratings dream. “Their dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote. “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings.” Lewinsky, in the piece, referenced the apology Continue reading "‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed"

Roger Ailes’ Son Swears Vengeance Against Father’s Harassment Accusers: ‘Hell Is Coming With Me’

ailes-300x196 During a funeral service for Roger Ailes this weekend, the teenage son of the former Fox News chairman seemed to promise that he would have his revenge on the people who “betrayed” his father before his death. The memorial took place at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida, and it was attended by conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and various hosts and contributors for Fox News. Ingraham’s website Lifezette put out a report on the event, and they described the eulogy that was given by Ailes’ 17-year-old son, Zachary. “I loved my father. He considered how much certain people hated him as a measure of success,” said Ailes’ son. “I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I’m coming after them…and hell is coming with me.” The report suggests that Ailes was directing his comments towards Gretchen Carlson Continue reading "Roger Ailes’ Son Swears Vengeance Against Father’s Harassment Accusers: ‘Hell Is Coming With Me’"

Rachel Maddow Laments Passing Of Roger Ailes: ‘I Considered Him To Be a Friend’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spoke to Access Hollywood about the death of Roger Ailes, where she said it was a “shock” for her because she considered the former Fox News chairman as a “friend” and a “mentor” to her. Speaking with Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover, Maddow said that she had a “collegial friendship” with Ailes ever since she asked him to review her performances on TV. Maddow acknowledged that Ailes’ sexual harassment scandals were a “huge deal”, but she went on to say that it was undeniable that Ailes had a major impact on the cable news business before he was fired from his network. “The reason that he left is dire stuff,” Maddow said. “But this corner of the news business, I think it’s worth noting, really, was created by Ailes….All of us [in cable news] had something to do with him because he was formative. Continue reading "Rachel Maddow Laments Passing Of Roger Ailes: ‘I Considered Him To Be a Friend’"

In One Tweet, Chelsea Handler Offered The Most Brutal Roger Ailes Burn Yet

Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes died yesterday and the Internet made quick work of memorializing him. Some people were kinder than others. There were on-air tributes and in-writing take-downs. A few tweets really encapsulated the moment’s emotions… …but none quite like this one from comedian Chelsea Handler: Graphic? Yes. Point made? Yes. Ailes was known not only for being the force behind Fox News, but for how he left it. Last summer, mounting allegations of sexual harassment against female employees pushed him out the door and into a strange existence composed of equal parts infamy and obscurity. [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Matt Taibbi Delivers Vicious Takedown of Roger Ailes: ‘The Christopher Columbus of Hate’

matt taibbiedited Following the announcement of longtime Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ death yesterday morning, there was a polarized reaction that seemed fitting considering Ailes’ life. Over on Fox News, the day was filled with emotional tributes, while former network star Bill O’Reilly penned a sympathetic obituary for USA Today. Meanwhile, many on the left tore into the combative personality, citing his numerous sexual harassment allegations to label him a “predatory monster.” Add Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi to the list of those who aren’t sad to see Ailes gone. In what can only be described as a nasty takedown of the ex-FNC head, Taibbi blamed Ailes for creating the “hyper-divisive media environment” American public — described as “a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people” — currently finds itself in. Then he had this to say about the man who had just passed away:
Ailes was the Continue reading "Matt Taibbi Delivers Vicious Takedown of Roger Ailes: ‘The Christopher Columbus of Hate’"

‘Roger Had My Back’: Bill O’Reilly Pens Op-Ed on Ailes’ Passing

oreilly-e1484833485375 With the news of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ passing this morning, a number of Fox News employees took to the air today to discuss their feelings about the man. Anchor Shep Smith delivered a moving monologue during his program this afternoon while the Fox & Friends crew got emotional announcing his death. And now we’ve heard from perhaps the biggest FNC star of all time. In an op-ed for USA Today, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lauded Ailes for his vision in creating a channel where “conservatives like him were heard loud and clear,” adding that it’s “a very good thing for the republic.” The ex-O’Reilly Factor star also noted that in his nearly 20 years working for Ailes, the ex-FNC head never pushed him to say anything on the air. “When stuff hit the fan, as it will when you are doing daily Continue reading "‘Roger Had My Back’: Bill O’Reilly Pens Op-Ed on Ailes’ Passing"

‘I Created a TV Network for People 55 to Dead’: MSNBC Analyst Spills on an Interaction With Ailes

With Roger Ailes‘s death today, according to The Nation correspondent and MSNBC analyst Joan Walsh, comes the ending of the gag on an off-the-record meeting the two had. In The Nation this afternoon, you can see her version of a memorial to the man who was ousted from Fox News last summer amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. The piece details a meeting she had with him in 2000 while she was with Salon, which was trying to pitch a show to Fox News. Here is the most buzzworthy revelation:
“I created a TV network for people 55 to dead,” Ailes boasted to us. “Nobody believed it could be done, but I did it. It’s for guys who sit on their couch with the remote all day and night.” That seemed a condescending way to talk about his audience—not to mention, much of the Republican base—but Continue reading "‘I Created a TV Network for People 55 to Dead’: MSNBC Analyst Spills on an Interaction With Ailes"