Wednesday, March 6, 2013

- "Biden Is Dumb As An Ashtray!"

I haven't met Roger Ailes yet, and we aren't exactly cut from the same cloth. But based on what I've read and the few interviews I've seen, I can't think of anyone in American business who I admire more. And for that reason I found this interview in Vanity Fair absolutely fascinating:

Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.

“Does Rupert like me? I think so, but it doesn’t matter. When I go up to the magic room in the sky every three months, if my numbers are right, I get to live. If not, I’m killed. Our relationship isn’t about love—it’s about arithmetic. Survival means hitting your numbers. I’ve met or exceeded mine in 56 straight quarters. The reason is: I treat Rupert’s money like it is mine.”

One day during the 2012 primary season, Newt Gingrich complained that Fox News’s support for Mitt Romney was responsible for Gingrich’s poor showing. Rick Santorum had made a similar claim when he dropped out of the race. Gingrich and Santorum had been Fox commentators before getting into the race, and Ailes found their complaints self-serving and disloyal. Brian Lewis, his spokesman, asked Ailes for guidance on how to respond to Newt. “Brush him back,” Ailes said. “He’s a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner.” Lewis nodded.

Ailes was silent for a moment and then added, “Newt’s a prick.”

I highly recommend reading the whole thing, at the link.


frithguild said...

Aliles view appears to make Mr. Newt perfectly qualified to be a VP

Tom said...

Always count on you Frith to pluck and obscure bit of comedy from our 'insider' past. (I literally laughed out loud.)