Sunday, January 10, 2010

Everybody hates Roger (Ailes)

The New York Times reports in a front page profile that Fox News boss Roger Ailes is "at the pinnacle of power in three corridors of American life: business, media and politics... the best-paid person in the News Corporation last year..." and "the most successful news executive of the last 10 years."

That doesn't sit well with the new wife and adult children of Ailes' boss, Rupert Murdoch, as is stated clearly by Rupert's son-in law, the British pubic relations man Matthew Freud in paragraph 14 of the piece:

“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to."

And that says a lot!

(We remember Roger's when corporate machinations and needling led Rupert's son Lachlan to bolt the company in 2005, leaving Roger to take his job in charge of Fox stations and cancel the competitive revival of A Current Affair. Sounds like the Time article is notice of the war ahead as Rupert nears his eighties.)