New York Magazine did a deep dive into the Roger Ailes/Fox News sex scandal.
I read through most of it and was planning to write about it today.
However Talking Points Memo just offered a summary which hits the main points that I was planning to cover so let's follow their lead.
Gretchen Carlson secretly recorded alleged instances of Ailes' sexual harassment
Sherman’s report confirmed speculation that former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who is suing Ailes for sexual harassment and retaliation, possesses taped recordings of Ailes’ alleged advances that back her suit, which opened the floodgates for the Fox News boss’ eventual downfall.
Apparently Carlson took her I-Phone in with her when she met wtih Ailes in his office and hit "record" when he started acting like a frat boy on Spring Break, and the rest is history. Just like his career at Fox News.
I saw the author of the New York Magazine piece being interviewed yesterday and when asked if the tapes had been played for Ailes and his attorneys, he said that they had been a central part of the case, so yes.
I'm not going to lie this made me seriously reconsider my former dislike for Gretchen Carlson.
She's a bad ass!
Fox News allegedly hacked journalists’ phone records
As Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire was embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal, Fox News allegedly employed “legally questionable means” to obtain a U.S. journalist’s phone records.
Okay now I have been waiting to hear evidence that Fox News was hacking people here in American ever since Rupert Murdoch's News of the World was busted for that back in 2011.
To me that sounded EXACTLY like something that Ailes would do, and once it was confirmed that Rupert Murdoch's papers did it in Britain, I knew that it was only a matter of time before we learned for certain that it was happening here as well.
Megyn Kelly reportedly rallied Fox women to speak to investigators
As Sherman tells it, fired Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit provided an opening for the network's star anchor. Ailes was no longer lending Kelly his support and she was in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations. When Kelly alleged to James Murdoch that Ailes had once made harassing comments and hugged her inappropriately in his office, Murdoch reportedly urged her to speak to the investigators at the law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting an internal probe into the Ailes allegations.
Kelly was the third or fourth woman to speak with investigators, an anonymous source briefed on the investigation told Sherman. After her interview, she reportedly called up current and former Fox staffers to encourage them to speak with the lawyers, and many more women came forward.
Damn! SO now I have to reconsider my dislike for Megyn Kelly too?
Real fears of a Trump TV network are reportedly swirling at Fox
Although there’s been wide speculation that Donald Trump’s 2016 endgame may be to break into cable news with a conservative network that would rival Fox News, anonymous network insiders talked about Trump TV as a near-certainty that was casting a pall over the network’s future.
The current top talent and leadership will only last through Election Day, one unnamed host told Sherman.
“As of November 9, there will be a bloodbath at Fox,” the host said. “After the election, the prime-time lineup could be eviscerated. O’Reilly’s been talking about retirement. Megyn could go to another network. And Hannity will go to Trump TV.”
Okay that's it.
If Fox News is actually worried about competition from Trump TV, then it virtually confirms that it is likely a real thing.
So Donald Trump's entire campaign is essentially a coming attractions trailer for his soon to be launched cable news network.
God Republicans are dumb!