Monday, April 04, 2016

Is Donald Trump blackmailing Fox News? Maybe.

Courtesy of New York Magazine: 

It was also thanks to some information he had gathered that Trump was able to do something that no other Republican has done before: take on Fox News. An odd bit of coincidence had given him a card to play against Fox founder Roger Ailes. In 2014, I published a biography of Ailes, which upset the famously paranoid executive. Several months before it landed in stores, Ailes fired his longtime PR adviser Brian Lewis, accusing him of being a source. During Lewis’s severance negotiations, Lewis hired Judd Burstein, a powerhouse litigator, and claimed he had “bombs” that would destroy Ailes and Fox News. That’s when Trump got involved. 

“When Roger was having problems, he didn’t call 97 people, he called me,” Trump said. Burstein, it turned out, had worked for Trump briefly in the ’90s, and Ailes asked Trump to mediate. Trump ran the negotiations out of his office at Trump Tower. “Roger had lawyers, very expensive lawyers, and they couldn’t do anything. I solved the problem.” Fox paid Lewis millions to go away quietly, and Trump, I’m told, learned everything Lewis had planned to leak. If Ailes ever truly went to war against Trump, Trump would have the arsenal to launch a retaliatory strike.

The above was written in the New York Magazine article by Gabriel Sherman who wrote the book "The Loudest Voice in the Room" about Roger Ailes back in 2014.

 I read that book but I have to admit that I did not remember this passage, which seems to suggest that Trump may have Roger Ailes in a very ticklish position.

If accurate it not only reinforces the kind of prick Donald Trump is when dealing with people who might stand in his way, but it could also open him up to all kinds of legal problems if it came to light that he was overtly threatening Ailes.

I swear I have NEVER in my life seen anything like this 2016 presidential race in all of my years following politics.


  1. And here I thought I was past being shocked. Trump is slime. And I don't even like Roger Ailes.

  2. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Slimy gutter scum attracts slimy gutter scum. Which, if you think about it, is what brings Trump and Palin together!

    1. Anonymous9:07 PM

      They are so much alike it makes you wonder what the attraction is. However, Trump has said that to make yourself look better and smarter always surround yourself with dumb people. Well, Palin is dumb.

  3. The only thing that will bring Ailes down (because I read the book about him and it definitely signals a very troubled, paranoid, noxious man) is that I believe Fox may have done what Rupert did in England---bugged peoples phones, hacked emails etc. If so--- there goes Fox. The ramifications are immense.

    Not a lot of Americans paid attention to the hacking in England (we tend as awhole to be uninterested in the rest of the world)---but it took a whole lot of people down and sickened a country.

    Whatever it is --it only signifies why Donald Trump shouldn't be allowed out of NYC without an ankle bracelet = and certainly should only get in the WH through the visitor's entrance
    only visit the WH

  4. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Remember 2012?

    Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency
    Carl Bernstein
    Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?

    "So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.

    In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012 election.

    Thus in the spring of 2011 – less than 10 weeks before Murdoch's centrality to the hacking and politician-buying scandal enveloping his British newspapers was definitively revealed – Fox News' inventor and president, Roger Ailes, dispatched an emissary to Afghanistan to urge Petraeus to turn down President Obama's expected offer to become CIA director and, instead, run for the Republican nomination for president, with promises of being bankrolled by Murdoch. Ailes himself would resign as president of Fox News and run the campaign, according to the conversation between Petraeus and the emissary, K T McFarland, a Fox News on-air defense "analyst" and former spear carrier for national security principals in three Republican administrations.

    All this was revealed in a tape recording of Petraeus's meeting with McFarland obtained by Bob Woodward, whose account of their discussion, accompanied online by audio of the tape, was published in the Washington Post – distressingly, in its style section, and not on page one, where it belonged – and, under the style logo, online on December 3. "

  5. Anonymous5:16 PM

  6. Anonymous5:27 PM

    I still wonder how Joe McGinniss and Ailes could have been BFFs.

    That being said, Ailes always did say that the only reason he hired $arah initially was because she was hawt. That only went so far and he fired her.

    1. Anonymous6:59 PM

      She was good for ratings and click bait at first but then people tired of her.

    2. Anonymous6:41 AM

      I have been around people verbalizing worship of her seeing her on Fox. One said "Saint Sarah" because she was going to save us from Obama and his plan to enforce communism not letting people speak etc. She explained her father was imprisoned by her birth country communist government. I wonder what this woman and others think of Sarah's stance anti immigrants and how they are all a danger to us?

  7. Anita Winecooler5:31 PM

    Roger's been low keyed lately, This neither shocks nor surprises me. I wonder how much he donated to Donald on the down low?

    1. Anonymous6:20 PM

      Murdoch used to select the GOP Nominee. He certainly can't abide Trump bashing Fox and still leading the pack. Ailes is finished.

  8. Anonymous5:34 PM

    dRumpf Loser>

  9. Anonymous5:40 PM

    Yeah Lewis gave up everything to Trump, riiiight. And he did this because?

    I ain't buying it for a second. Now is Dirty Don extorting Ailes based on nonsense? That might be possible.

  10. Anonymous5:59 PM

    OT-HRC on "The View' tomorrow.
    Then April 14th>

  11. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Remember when they were hauling Dick Ckeney around in the wheelchair like Dr. No? That's how I think of Ailes.

  12. Anonymous6:14 PM

    With Support Down Among Women, Trump Calls in His Wife (the Donald didn't call in the crossed eye babbling idiot from Wasilla)

    With his support among women voters slipping, Donald Trump called on a woman who knows him well -– his wife.

    Melania Trump, in a rare campaign appearance, joined her husband on the trail Monday night ahead of the Wisconsin primaries ...


    Is it okay for Melania to speak on the campaign trail? Did she get her green card yet

    1. Anonymous6:22 PM

      Nice try, but Melooowmia is not going to attract women voters.

      She is a bimbo trophy wife.

    2. SallyinMI6:43 PM

      I don't think her English is great (but then, look at native born Palin) but Barbara Walters found her to be very intelligent. Regardless, to me, nude pictures takes her right out of the running to be First Lady. Heck don't nude photos get girls thrown out of Trump's beauty pageants?

    3. Anonymous6:58 PM

      "I’m very proud of him. He is a hard worker, he’s kind, he has a great heart, he’s tough, he’s smart, he’s a great communicator, he’s a great negotiator, he’s telling the truth, he’s a great leader, he’s fair. As you may know by now, when you attack him, he will punch back ten times harder,” Melania Trump said to applause as part of her short scripted speech. "No matter who you are, a man, or a woman, he treats everyone equal."

      What does Melania mean when she said Donald Trump is tough and will punch you back ten times harder? Look like Donald was scared at his rally when the guy approached him on stage.

    4. Anonymous11:19 PM

      She said all of that in 1 minute.She did a fine job of memorizing her line.Then she was gone.

  13. Anonymous6:21 PM

    I seriously doubt this would be the first time “little fingers Donnie” blackmailed someone.

    I am surprised we haven’t heard more from people that were involved in his business dealings or did he threaten them to keep their mouths shut also?

    Didn’t he make a remark to Cruz, that he could release stuff about Heidi, not exactly blackmail, but a threat of blackmail. Didn’t he “threaten” the GOP if he doesn’t get the nomination, people will riot.

    Donnie preys on the weak. The fact that he makes his campaign volunteers sign a document never to speak badly about the donald and his family for the rest of donnie’s life speaks volumes about how donnie does business.

    Maybe it will come out The Donald has been hiding his money in Panama!!!

    1. Anonymous8:50 PM

      So what did Sarah have to sign?

  14. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Both fat f*cks deserve each other.

  15. Anonymous7:04 PM

    Is that Melania or Caitlyn Jenner giving speeches for Donald?

  16. Anonymous7:37 PM

    O/T - what a disaster this new Bernie interview is! !

  17. Anonymous7:48 PM

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  20. Anonymous7:55 PM

    1. Anonymous9:38 PM


      Cenk should ask her about July 3 2009.

      Lies sex and videotape!

  21. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Trump, the national front-runner, arrived to a half-empty auditorium at the Milwaukee Theatre in a defensive crouch, beaten down by days of bad headlines and growing signs that Wisconsin — and perhaps even his best shot at winning the GOP nomination outright — was slipping from his grasp. He had his wife, Melania, make a rare campaign speech in the hopes that she might extinguish the recent fierce criticism over his remarks regarding women. She spoke for only two minutes, reading from notes.

    Trump was not in his usual loquacious mood, at least initially. “I know you have a baseball game and a basketball game, we’re going to go really quickly tonight,” Trump began, as he looked out at empty balconies.

    In the nearby suburb of Waukesha, the scene was much different.

  22. Anonymous9:30 PM

    Trump is such a piece of crap. He regrets the retweet of the Heidi Cruz pic so much that it's still there for everyone to see among his 3/23 tweets.

  23. You say, "I swear I have NEVER in my life seen anything like this 2016 presidential race in all of my years following politics."

    Here is the last part of a British observer of the U.S. election posted today in The Guardian:

    "Clinton will very likely beat Trump decisively because he is even more unpopular with Republicans than she is with Democrats. There’s every chance that conservative donor money will start to flow towards Clinton who at least knows to speak very carefully about the things that really matter, like trade deals.

    At least we’ll get the entertainment of watching her trying to destroy Isis using the methods by which she helped to create Isis, turning the Middle East into an endless game of Whac-A-Mole.

    For America, and indeed the rest of the world, Clinton versus Trump will be like being on a bus being driven at high speed towards a cliff by a psychopath, where there’s a chance that a chimpanzee might grab control of the steering wheel.

    It’s not a question of whether this will make things better or worse, it’s more that the whole idea of “better” may be gradually ceasing to exist."

  24. And here is The Guardian's Frankie Boyle describing Trump:

    "Trump seems to have the emotional range of a Power Rangers villain and the social skills of a teenage Minotaur. He looks like a pumpkin having a nervous breakdown, talks like the words are being fired out of his mouth by a tennis ball launcher and has the general manner of an arrogant televangelist suspected of murder by Columbo. His approach to public speaking? “If in doubt, switch to your internal monologue.”

    "His core demographic? Possibly men whose holiday destinations would significantly overlap with a list of missing women. Trump is bringing out people who’ve never voted, people who felt they had no one to speak for them until now, people who throw microwaved beans at the television and people who go shopping in their pyjamas.

    And who knows, if Trump’s supporters are using their eight-fingered fists to make banners and red hats rather than drunkenly beating their kid into a coma that they won’t let a black doctor treat, maybe that’s a good thing.

    "Trump knows that he appeals to people who are suspicious not just of political elites but everything those elites believe in, including rationality, and when confronted with anything empirical instinctively retreats into unverifiable anecdotes."

    Guess who is getting sued?

  25. Anonymous5:33 AM

    I read recently (wish I could find the piece, I will look for it) that Ailes isn't around much anymore. His health is poor, I think it said he walks with a cane and really doesn't participate in much day to day, works from home in some limited capacity, he's already pretty much dunzo.


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