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Scandal: Fox’s chair Roger Ailes told Petraeus he’d quit to manage his prez campaign (AUDIO) Roger’s response to Woodward

Fox News likes to call itself “fair and balanced.” Key words: “call itself.”

The latest blunder for the cable news ratings leader is rooted in the new revelation that founder and chair Roger Ailes sent an emissary — Fox’s national security analyst K.T. McFarland — to offer General David Petraeus political advice and tell The General that he’d be willing to quit Fox to run his presidential campaign.

For realz. Comes from Bob “Watergate” Woodward in the Washington Post. And for those about to whine that this is mere conjecture from the liberal media, here’s a link to the audio of the conversation between McFarland playing bag man for Ailes to Petraeus.

Ah, yes. General Petraeus. You may remember him for the spectacular sex scandal that crashed his career a few weeks back. That Roger sure can pick ‘em.

Listen to the audio recording of the conversation because it is full of gems — starting with how McFarland tells the General that “everybody at Fox loves you.” Just because they’re “fair and balanced” perhaps.

Fox loves Dave so much that they want to know if there’s any suggestions he has, you know, when they’re covering the news in a “fair and balanced” way. Dave says he’s a bit worried about the “slant” he’s seeing at Fox. They’re sounding a little “skeptical”…you know, like journalists.

“The editorial policy of Fox had shifted,” Dave said. “It was almost as if, because they’re going after Obama, they had to go after Obama’s war as well.”

“Papers and news outlets have editorial policies,” the General said. “They know sort of how their bosses feel about things . . . and it causes a certain shading.”

Hmmm. Like say — hypothetically speaking of course — if the chair and founder of a network that bills itself as “fair and balanced” told a General that his network was COVERING that he’d quit to run his campaign for president. Would it be any wonder if the employees at that network “loved” that person.

And nice job by McFarland, who is supposed to “analyze” national security affairs for Fox. If she fawned over Petraeus any more than she did in this conversation, she could be his biographer.

Roger’s response to Woodward?

“It was more of a joke, a wiseass way I have,” he said. “I thought the Republican field [in the primaries] needed to be shaken up and Petraeus might be a good candidate.”

Nothing breeds credibility more than the I-was-just-joking defense from the leader of the network. As they say on Fox, “We report. You decide.”

by Anonymousreply 912/10/2012

Think about this. A NEWS organization, MEDDLED in politics, to try and get a MILITARY LEADER to run for President.

If you're not scared by this, you should be.

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

Nobody else is freaked out by this?

Roger Ailes belongs in prison (or a sanatorium), not a business office.

by Anonymousreply 212/10/2012

So do most of the highly overpaid and unscrupulous CEOs in the USA, r2!

But, nooooo, they are worshiped by the GOP! Sick fuks, all of them.

by Anonymousreply 312/10/2012

Doesn't matter. Murdock just signed him to another long term contract. The Cancer keeps growing.

by Anonymousreply 412/10/2012

Take it to or ThinkProgress.

Might get some visibility.

by Anonymousreply 512/10/2012

Of course this demonstrates an obvious bias for FUX news. Sex scadal? If you mean Betrayus it was not exactly spectacular. He had an affair that was not all that much of a scandal. He cheated on his wife is all. One problem is Betrayus is responsible for the disaster that Obama agreed to when he bought into the push in Afghanistan 2 years ago. He is also responsible for the plan that promised to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans while welcoming and giving our enemies access to our troops so they can blow them up and shoot them. He limited engagement of the troops, limited their ability to protect themselves to show the enemy how much we trusted them with our young men and women. We lost many lives with his policies. We will never win their hearts and minds. We are the enemy. Yes they want our money but they hate us and want to kill us. Under his watch the contractors robbed the US blind. Much of the money we gave to Afghanistan was absconded and misappropriated just as in Iraq.

Here is the rub, no one will criticize him while McCrazy and company have vilified the least responsible person for this mess Susan Rice. They have vilified Rice for a political purpose. Betray us is a complete fraud. His so called distinguished career is either an illusion or a complete fraud.

by Anonymousreply 612/10/2012

Betrayus testified before congress against the end of DADT along with his pal McCrazy. Guess they thought they would not be able to control the buggery. So now you know he doesn't know what he is talking about. There has always been buggery in the military.

by Anonymousreply 712/10/2012

[quote]He had an affair that was not all that much of a scandal. He cheated on his wife is all.

When the head of the CIA exposes himself to blackmail via an extra-marital affair, he compromises the security of the USA. This is a huge scandal.

by Anonymousreply 812/10/2012

Also, it seems clear that some national security secrets were leaked to the mistress.

by Anonymousreply 912/10/2012
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