Monday, July 18, 2016

Lawyers for Gretchen Carlson accuse Roger Ailes of "judge shopping," as Rupert family argues about when to fire his fat ass.

Courtesy of TPM: 

Lawyers for fired Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accused network chief Roger Ailes of “illegal and inappropriate judge shopping” in a court brief filed Friday in response to Ailes’ trying to force Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit into secret arbitration. 

Ailes’ attorneys filed a motion on Friday seeking to move the lawsuit to federal court in Manhattan and push the suit, which details explosive allegations of retaliation and harassment against Ailes, into closed door arbitration, citing a provision of her contract with the network. 

But Carlson’s attorneys countered that Carlson’s contract was with Fox News, not Ailes. They argued the CEO therefore cannot benefit from the strict arbitration clause and the case should proceed in public. 

Ailes, the only defendant named in Carlson’s suit, was not mentioned in and did not sign her contract, the attorneys said.

In other news it appears that Rupert Murdoch and his children are arguing, not about whether they should fire Roger Ailes, but rather when they should fire Roger Ailes.

Courtesy of New York Magazine

Roger Ailes's tenure as the head of Fox News may be coming to an end. Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James — co-chairmen and CEO, respectively, of parent company 21st Century Fox — have settled on removing the 76-year-old executive, say two sources briefed on a sexual-harassment investigation of Ailes being conducted by New York law firm Paul, Weiss. After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go. 

You know of all of the ways that I imagined Roger Ailes might eventually leave Fox News, in handcuffs after being indicted for treason, on a gurney after being shot by an angry viewer, in a body bag after his heart explodes from seeing just one too many blonde in a short skirt, I think that being fired for being a lecherous old POS might be my favorite.

I have this terrible vision of them cleaning out his desk and finding thumb drives just filled with upskirt videos of the women working at Fox News, an over used penis pump, and a semen stained autograph picture of Richard Nixon.


  1. Anonymous4:21 PM

    Love how they're concerned for the GOP convention.

    A quick knifing of Ailes and then it's a redoubling of Murdoch's effort to get Donald Trump into the White House. The Murdochs hate America as much as they hate Australia.

  2. Anonymous4:40 PM

    I still would like to know how Joe McGinniss and he were such bosom buddies.

    1. 4:40, Ailes didn't want to do Joe McG. And by virtue of his gender, Joe had nothing that Roget wanted.

      Brain bleach, please!

  3. Hedgewytch4:49 PM

    Did you have to put that last picture of Ailes in my head. Euuewww. I'd need gloves and disinfectant. And a pair of tongs....

    1. Anonymous6:25 PM

      I don't think you'd need tongs - more than likely you"d only need tweezers.

  4. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Misogeny is rampant in Trump world and on the Right.

    Scott Baio, hand-picked by Trump for RNC stage, retweeted Hillary meme with vile slur for lady part

    1. Anonymous5:18 PM

      Like I care what Chachi says. They dug deep to find him and Sabato Jr. Was Kirk Cameron not available? Roseanne?

    2. Anonymous5:31 PM

      Roseanne was green party like cannabis green. Roseanne is now this>
      SB is BS.

  5. Anonymous5:08 PM

    'Hey, Todd, you been hanging out with hookers in Anchorage?'

  6. Anonymous5:11 PM

    Donald sucks up to religiosity:

  7. Zippity do dah (quoting John Boehner). Maybe sanity will come to Fox News (I do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt until there is no doubt).

  8. Anonymous5:20 PM

    Oh boy, this is going to be fun.

    It looks like Democratic strategists waited for just the right moment to give us the full portrait of Trump. Too soon, and the GOP might wrest the nomination away from this “sociopath”, as the ghost writer of his best known book, The Art of the Deal labeled him. But in addition to the withering New Yorker article about this ghost writer, also released last night was a piece on BuzzFeed by McKay Koppins, whom, we learn, is credited as the person perhaps most responsible for goading Trump into running for president.

    The Koppins article shows Trump as someone pathologically desperate to be accepted by high society, but unable to close the deal.


    From political power brokers to the entire island of Manhattan, a varied cast of taunting insiders has inadvertently driven Donald Trump’s lifelong revenge march toward the White House. This is what it’s like to be one of them.

    'What I didn’t realize at the time was that he’d felt that way his entire life — face pressed up against the window, burning with resentment, plotting his revenge.'

    Republican national convention 2016
    The 2016 campaign, minute-by-minute

    1. Anonymous5:30 PM

      Unfortunately he was right on.

    2. Anonymous5:30 PM

      “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

    3. Anonymous5:40 PM

      Wow. Hillary hits Trump for being investigated by the DOJ in 1973 for refusing to rent apartments to Black people.

    4. Anonymous5:51 PM

      In a Mostly Empty Room, 'Women for
      Angels for Satan

      Vegans for Cheeseburgers

      Ducks for Hunters

      Women for Trump

      Trump' Tries Really, Really Hard

    5. Anonymous6:03 PM

      Not one.

    6. Anonymous7:34 PM

      Most rich people have the decency to run as the servant of the people. Trump will make us and the treasury his servants.

    7. Anonymous3:27 AM

      burning with resentment, plotting his revenge.'
      Donnie in a nutshell.

  9. Anonymous5:24 PM

    OT, but let's see if Melania looks like she's had some recent work done. She's been completely out of sight for a month. Why? It was said today, too, that she's been practicing her speech for five-six weeks. Really? So secretively? What could she possibly have been told to do, over and over, for this long? It can't just be the words. No way would she ever have written her own speech. She'd have had lots of help. Was she being taught to speak with less of an accent and to add such things as articles into her sentences so as to sound "more American"? She has lived here for 20 years and still does speak as if she arrived here a year or two ago. I have no problem with that though--I will have a problem if I see that she has been told to do things so that she comes across as being taught to come across as less of an immigrant. Something feels very strange about how Melania disappeared for so long and now tonight she is finally going to show herself, and in such a way as to command attention. I'll be listening to her to pick up on what her speech preparers have taught her. And I'll be looking for the subtle signs of plastic surgery.

    1. Anonymous7:32 PM

      Melanie and Ivanka look alike except from hair. Daddy prefers his daughter to his wife.

    2. Anonymous8:49 PM

      I can't stand Melaia's frozen face. It seems like she is afraid to smile for fear of getting smile lines. Sad.

    3. Anonymous10:02 PM

      She spent weeks working on that speech Don the Con has written for her. His little paddy fingers were all over it. And you could tell she was reading it, even though she'd worked on it for weeks. From one teleprompter to another. Her face didn't crack. I guess she really worked on trying to minimalize the accent, but it didn't help. She will be no help on the campaign trail at all and I anticipate we won't see or hear much from her after this week.

    4. Anonymous1:56 AM

      Supposedly, she speaks 5 languages. I wonder if English is one of them? Speaking of her husband's soft side, I am amazed she did not mention that he pays all the bills and she does not have to work at all. Not bad for a "model" who never made it into the supermodel catagory, eh? I wonder hoe long she will last in the position? He likely has a 20 something blonde bimbo standing in the wings, waiting for her turn at the $$$.

    5. Anonymous3:02 AM

      Well Don the con didn't do a very good job of writing the speech:

      Melania Trump's speech appears to have been plagiarized from a Michelle Obama speech (seriously)

  10. Anonymous5:26 PM

    O/T sorry! I'm watching the Donald Trump show and one commentator said that by the end of the night the podium will be more diverse than the (all white) audience. LMAO! PS - It's kind of sickening so I have to turn away often!

    1. Anonymous5:50 PM

      I've got it on as I work here and every now and then I look up and see the token people of color who they bring out to speak in front of the white audience. I found the earlier lies about Hillary pretty disturbing. I was glad when Chris Matthews said something in sympathy for the woman who lost her son in Benghazi but who had also flat our lied about Hillary being responsible and that the woman's words about prison stripes were out of line. Man, the big Scott Baio moment was a nothing. It lasted all of a few seconds, but I thought his presence was supposed to be a big deal tonight.

    2. Anonymous6:02 PM

      I switched channels as well; will do the same for Dems. I can only take so much.

    3. Anonymous1:58 AM

      Scott Baio is a has been, that never really was. This appearance was his only one in how long?

  11. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Ailes is out.

    It's just a matter of whether it will be now or after the RNC convention. If he doesn't resign they are going to fire him.

    I guess that means Ailes is going to have to pay for his defense lawyer out of his own pocket. Karma baby.

  12. Anonymous5:39 PM


    His tactic: Requiring abortion clinic staff to bury or cremate the remains of every abortion procedure that takes place in their facility.

  13. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Donald Trump’s first 2 speakers made the subtext text

  14. Anonymous6:05 PM

    You think Sarah is sitting at home with a drink in one hand and tissues in the other watching the biggest Donald Trump reality TV show ever?

  15. Anonymous6:18 PM

    My goodness Rudi Guliani sounds like Elmer Fudd on steroids. They're going to have to seriously clean that microphone.

    1. Anonymous7:04 PM

      His bottom teeth are such a dark yellow and even brown. I was watching online and saw him up close, whereas on the TV my husband was watching you didn't see his mouth as up close. His top teeth are all capped and white. All the bottom ones look ready to fall out. How do these rich, public guys keep not seeing that their teeth don't match up?

    2. Anonymous7:29 PM

      No, he had prostate cancer and 911. No balls all mouth.

  16. Anonymous6:29 PM

    You Will Actually Be Surprised At Who 'Hill Billy Deluxe' Is Supporting For President

  17. Anonymous6:48 PM

    The Donald's Stepford Wife.

  18. Anonymous6:53 PM

    As you listen to Melania butcher English and sing her fat, disgusting, racist husband's praises, remember how it's REALLY done by a First Lady to be.

    The summer of 2008 was a strange and exciting time to be a Democrat. The party had just finished one of its most closely-fought primaries — and also made history by being the first of the two major parties to nominate an African American candidate for president. At the same time, the polls were still fairly close heading into the summer. Amidst the rancor, however, we all got to meet for the first time one of the oratorically gifted, level-headed, and just gosh-darn likeable players in the 2008 election: Michelle Obama and her 2008 speech was a game-changer.

    I love her and Barack and the girls and am sick that it's almost time for them to go.

    1. Anonymous10:13 PM

      I'm sure you know by now that Melania plagiarized Michelle's 2008 speech.

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


    2. Anonymous10:56 PM

      X 1,000 dowl!

    3. Anonymous2:07 AM

      The entire Obama family has been put through HELL by the gop. They have earned every last bit of happiness they will get when the term is over. Too bad we are the ones who recognize CLASS and intelligence, while the gop sinks further into the slime with this laughable orange yam and his temporary "wife". I said years ago, and it holds true today that the gop does not want highly intelligent people as their "leader". Look at Dubya, the drunken clown. Saint Ronnie had Alzheimers, and they covered for him. There was not a single candidate out of the 16 who ran that can come close to our President. He is respected worldwide, except in this racist country. Sad for us.

  19. Anonymous6:56 PM

    The Republican ploy to exploit Benghazi for political gain has backfired. Patricia Smith’s comments have already been fact-checked,, and it was found that there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton ever told the victims’ families that a video was responsible for Benghazi.

    Beyond factual accuracy, there was something deplorable about putting an obviously grieving mother in front of the national spotlight to exploit her pain for political gain.

    What Republicans have done is morally wrong. It was sleazy. It was distasteful and revealed that for Republicans, Benghazi has never been about the facts. For the GOP, Benghazi has always been a weapon to use against Hillary Clinton.

    1. Anonymous8:01 PM

      Yes. Patricia Smith they did not make her look well. They should have closed after Melania. It must have been very difficult for her. I think she did it as a dutiful wife. I thought she looked pretty and gave a political speech.

      So far most of it I don't care for the tone. It hasn't felt like a convention. It is a Trump show. I haven't seen many of his productions. I don't know how to compare them to this one.

      It was good he did not say much when he introduced his wife, the intro was fine for him.

    2. Anonymous3:21 AM

      There was something deplorable about Patricia Smith saying Hillary belongs in prison because she didn't return her phone call.

      This wasn't a grieving mother, her hatred was very obvious.

      As for Trump's staged entrance, robo man with the carbon emissions was a major failure.

  20. Anonymous6:58 PM

    Oh my, when Lt. Gen. Flynn said this isn't about bathrooms...he didn't get much applause & the audience seemed dumbfounded. But when he said THIS IS ABOUT WAR!!!!! the audience went wild. He's plain out calling for war.

  21. Anonymous7:00 PM

    Oh brother the general is leading them in a chant "Lock her up!"

  22. Anonymous7:07 PM

    Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes On Tax-Dodging Donald Trump

  23. Anonymous7:08 PM

    Donald Trump's greatest reality tv show on earth! They zoomed out on the stadium and it's not even 1/3 full!

    And Sarah if you're reading - You'll never be a Melania and that's why Donald didn't want you there trying to steal the limelight. Besides that Donald's kids are running things and they don't want to be caught with your thugs anywhere around them.

  24. Anonymous7:11 PM

    A lot of empty seats at the show now. It seems to me like people left in droves after the main attraction - Melania.

  25. Anonymous7:13 PM

    There are more flags than people there now! Joni Ernst is boring and put everyone to sleep.

  26. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Just watched Melania Trump. Five to six weeks to make this speech? Nothing in this speech remotely appealed to my heart. We now know why she has been kept in the closet. All is lost on the home front in the Trump campaign. Melanie Trump does not wish to be first lady.

    1. Anonymous7:55 PM


    2. Anonymous7:58 PM

      OMG, what has she done to her face?

      Melania Trump’s Convention Speech Failed Miserably To Humanize Donald Trump

      Republicans were counting on Melania Trump to make their nominee warm and likable. Instead, her speech was a chilly propaganda address that failed miserably.

    3. Anonymous10:48 PM

      Yes & now check this out..major networks & twitter afire how Melainia's speech she practiced on for 6 weeks was plagiarized from Michelle Obama's speech! I just thought it was great how she came out on the runway and modeled for the extreme right wing convention reality tv show. She knows how to do the eyes. God bless Donald Trump's beauty pageants.

    4. Anonymous1:30 AM

      Is Melania pregnant? That tight white dress did not hide the mid section of a "model" Melania. Most models that I have seen have no belly bulge.
      And plagiarism? What frauds all the Trumps are! What rubes the attendees at the RNC convention!

    5. Anonymous3:17 AM

      Melania Trump's speech appears to have been plagiarized from a Michelle Obama speech (seriously)

    6. Anonymous4:32 PM

      The poor dear just got tossed under the bus by Donald, who did nothing, zip, nada to defend her. Someone's head would roll if a real man were up there. She'll forever be known for being not too bright.

  27. Anonymous7:27 PM

    Amazing! Chachi said he was shocked when Trump offered him an opportunity to speak at the convention. Probably because he hadn't been formally campaigning for him.

    Sara should have played hard to get like Chachi or Mike Tyson or Tim Tebow. They didn't sacrifice their brands or campaign for Trump.

    1. Anonymous10:49 PM

      Well look, Trump's kids are advising him so what did we expect? The best of the best of their reality tv shows.

  28. Anonymous7:37 PM

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    We promise tonight's live show will have more going on than the RNC condiments station.

  29. Anonymous7:37 PM

    You mean like Sarah going 'judge hunting' for Track?

  30. Anonymous7:49 PM

    I read a quote today that Trump lives like what a bum would imagine a rich person to live like.

    So does Palin. Her family don't need no education because they are rich.

    I don't understand why she wears her daughter's clothes such as that white thing. She must look strange affecting a tan all of the time, since her younger photos have her with very irish skin.

  31. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Chachi, in his speech asked Is donald a messiah? Then said, no he's just a man etc.

    Evangelicals harken, Trump is the new messiah!

    1. Anonymous4:27 PM

      Chachi wrote his speech in a church. The things you learn watching television. He also has anti woman bullshit on his twitter feed, thing is, he'd shit his pants if Hillary snuck up and said "Boo!!!"

  32. Anonymous8:29 PM

    WOW. So Melania's speech plagiarized Michelle Obama's. Amazing. And as they're saying on MSNBC, Trump will just deny it.

    Melania said today, in a Today show clip released (she and Trump did an interview on the plane for the morning show)this afternoon, that she had written her own speech and read through it once. That surpsied me b/c word was earlier released taht she'd spent the past 5-6 weeks working on her sppech. i was confused by the contradiction.

    And now we know she had writers and they stole material. And, whoa, what brilliant mind steals content from the current FLOTUS' speech? I mean, come on, the words aren't that old.

  33. Anonymous8:35 PM

    LOL! Melania plagarized Michelle Obama's speech!

    1. Anonymous12:20 AM

    2. Anonymous12:24 AM

      Watch clips of the two speeches side-by-side here:

    3. Anonymous4:24 PM

      What a bimbo (lower case) She hired kyrocera and xerox as her "writers" because the english isn't her native language, though she's fluent in several others.
      I kept waiting for her to start bleeding from her eyes, her ears, her you know, everywhere. It's an often used signal.... the one in the white becomes the target. She makes Sarah look slightly smart.

  34. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Donald Trump doesn’t read. While the GOP nominee for president admitted he gets most of his news from “the shows,” meaning the Sunday morning talk shows, Trump doesn’t read about the news or the world the way other presidents or candidates for president have.

    ...Trump admitted that he does not need to learn what is happening in the world or read a broad spectrum of news because he always makes the right decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”

    When Sarah Palin sat down for the notorious interview with Katie Couric in 2008, the two discussed what Palin read to help enhance her understanding of the world.

    “When it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this—to stay informed and to understand the world?” Couric asked.

    “I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media, coming f—” Palin answered vaguely before Couric interrupted.

    “But like which ones specifically? I’m curious that you,” Couric said before Palin jumped in.

    “Um, all of ’em, any of ’em that, um, have, have been in front of me over all these years. Um, I have a—” Palin tried to answer.

  35. Anonymous10:53 PM

    In the Trump-Pence interview did anyone else notice that Trump is sitting on an elaborate golden chair exactly like Sadaam Hussein sat in? It wouldn't surprise me at all if Trump bid on it. Unfortunately he couldn't get it signed since Sadaam was dead.

  36. Anonymous12:26 AM

    Trump’s Grand Entrance To The RNC Is Getting The Brutal Mockery It Deserves (TWEETS)

  37. Anonymous2:00 AM

    Gryphen, I think the commenters hijacked your post about Ailes and turned it into an open thread about the convention, not that there is anything wrong with that.


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