REPORT: Roger Ailes Used Millions In Fox News Money To Finance Campaigns Against His Enemies

Whoa. From New York Magazine:

As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes’s ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims without it setting off alarm bells?

According to three highly-placed sources, part of the answer is that there were few checks on Ailes when it came to the Fox News budget. “It was the culture,” one Fox executive said. “You didn’t ask questions, and Roger wouldn’t entertain questions.” One former News Corp executive explained that because Fox made more than $1 billion in annual profits, the funds that were used for settlements amounted to little more than “a rounding error.”

But with Ailes gone, Fox executives are now looking closely at how Ailes spent Fox money. And what they are discovering is that, beyond the sexual harassment claims, Ailes was also able to use portions of the Fox budget to hire consultants, political operatives, and private detectives that reported only to him, according to a senior Fox source.

Last week, according to the source, Fox News dismissed five consultants whom Ailes had hired to do work that was more about advancing his own agenda than Fox’s. One of the consultants, Bert Solivan, ran negative PR campaigns against Ailes’s personal and political enemies out of Fox News headquarters, a source said.

There’s much more at the link. Fascinating story.

  • olandp

    And this is surprising why?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Because it’s the sort of behavior one might expect from a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, that’s why. /s

  • JustSayin’

    Ha Ha

  • Mary

    Evil Corp.

    • Rambie

      If we ever needed Mr Robot to go after a company, that’s the one.

  • bkmn

    If you give a pig a free run why would you be surprised when he makes a mess?

    • crewman

      That’s too benevolent a reading. They hired the pig because of what he would do. There is no surprise other that faux surprise like all the fake emotion and fake news that surrounds everything to do with Fox.

  • crewman

    Is there a meaningful difference between ‘the CEO of Fox financed campaigns against political enemies’ and ‘Fox News financed campaigns against political enemies’? A CEO spending millions of dollars of the company’s money is acting on behalf of the company, unless criminal charges of misappropriation or embezzlement are pursued.

    • clay

      one minor effect– Fox News employees sign binding arbitration clauses not to sue the company. So, they can sue Ailes, personally– except not in his official capacity. Any of this is shielded from whistle-blowers by that requirement of private arbitration.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Does Ailes have any children? I hope they weren’t expecting a major inheritance.

    • Christian Flanagan

      No. Unfortunately he could only ejaculate into somone’s mouth while laying on his back watching porn on his phone. So, no children.

      • Kruhn

        I thought he had two. They’re behind the shakeup in Fox News. They forced dad to split the company. He got the print side while they’re slowly taking over the TV/movie studio side.

        • TrollopeReader

          that’s rupert’s kids, i think.

  • BearEyes

    I suspect this iceberg goes much deeper. Faux Snooze didn’t get to be what it is just by bleating propaganda.

    • Librarykid

      And Rupert Merdedock’s sons might be more interested than daddy ever was in just where all of the money went. This is going to be like investigating a sinkhole caused by a septic tank collapse threatening a mansion: lots of deep shit has to be excavated.

      • agcons

        Upvote for “Merdedoch”.

  • robirob

    Can Rupert Murdoch really afford to be made look like he isn’t in control of his media ventures anymore? I know that was the picture deliberately painted to get him out of being charged for the UK media scandal a couple of years back for which Rebekkah Brooks took the fall.

    Is the power of Rupert Murdoch waning and his son, or sons, will not be able to be as powerful as him?

    • RoFaWh

      Every empire eventually disintegrates.

    • ChrisMorley

      Rebekah Brooks was and is Rupert Murdoch’s protege.
      ‘Following a criminal trial in 2014 she was cleared of all charges by a
      jury at the Old Bailey, which accepted her defence of incompetence:
      that she had no knowledge of the illegal acts carried out by the
      newspaper she edited.[8]
      In September 2015, Brooks was confirmed as CEO of News UK, the renamed News International, re-establishing the working relationship with News Corp founder and chairman Rupert Murdoch.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Someone inform Julian Assange, there is a better candidate for him to hack into. I bet the little bitch can’t get over his mummy issue to do that.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Please tell me that they can bring criminal charges against him for embezzlement.

    He won’t spend much time in jail, if any, but it’d be nice to see him in those snazzy cuff links that the police give out.

    • GayOldLady

      You mean those silver looking cuff links that jingle when you move your hands?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Yes, the ones that you need to have help to remove.

    • Chucktech

      It’d be just as nice to see him in those new-fangled, plastic zippy ones that don’t jangle…

    • clay

      Only if they choose to press charges, and have all of this come out in discovery.

  • Acronym Jim

    “It was the culture,” one Fox executive said. “You didn’t ask questions, and Roger wouldn’t entertain questions.”

    So it was literally a real life Mad Men advertising agency for Republicans. No wonder everybody on that side of the aisle seems to want to go back to the early 60s. Personally, I’d take McMahon & Tate over Fox News any day.

    • lymis

      Honestly, how could this be a surprise?

    • ICrackMeUp

      Those were the days, Sammy!

  • Cuberly

    Possessed by the ghost of Nixon I presume.

    Con-servatives, old dog stuck with old tricks.

  • WeRTheSquirrels

    “Oh My God! I never would have expected this from Mr. Ailes,” said no one ever.

  • “…Fox executives are now looking closely at how Ailes spent Fox money.”

    Of course they are. They’re upset that the money that amounts to little more than “a rounding error” didn’t stay in the company and end up in their pockets.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    When you’re in bed with the AFA, you’re bound to wake up with fleas.

  • WebSlinger
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  • Hue-Man

    The Chief Financial Officer should be fired for cause if any of this is true. She or he has responsibilities to the Board of Directors and to shareholders that go beyond the whims of the current CEO.

    • TrollopeReader

      when you’re given a blank check ….

      • David L. Caster

        Ha, the whole damn checkbook and signing authority with a high limit.

  • fastlanestranger

    Where’s my fainting couch? Would someone fetch me a mint julep? I am SHOCKED by this revelation.

    • Librarykid

      Yeah, this is as surprising as the the second turd that follows the initial one that was holding back the huge blast of gas.

    • perversatile

      As my Granny would say, ”you can’t get mad, if you’re not surprised.”

  • Herald

    Disgusting and evil, but no surprise at all!
    This and much more needs to be investigated and prosecuted if possible.

  • zhera

    $1 billion dollars annually. Hate sells.

  • Someone get me the name of his plastic surgeon, we need to get him working on the makeup for SNL.

    • Librarykid

      No, I’m sorry. The raw material they will be working with is Jabba the Fuckin’ Hutt. I think Computer Generated Animation is their only hope.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Roger Ailes is Linda Tripp in male drag? That explains things.

  • goofy_joe

    Jail. That’s where he should be.

    • Librarykid

      Chained to a wall.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    “Last week, according to the source, Fox News dismissed five consultants whom Ailes had hired to do work that was more about advancing his own agenda than Fox’s. One of the consultants, Bert Solivan, ran negative PR campaigns against Ailes’s personal and political enemies out of Fox News headquarters, a source said.”

    This completely unsurprising. Completely.

    But, that said, if you were some “consultant” whose job was to go after Roger Ailes’ personal enemies, and Ailes gets ousted, why the FUCK are you even still there?

    Why wouldn’t you quit as soon as Roger boy was shown the door?

    I mean, you’re coming to work even though your boss was booted in disgrace? What the fuck?

    • Gerry Fisher

      “…it’s a paycheck.”

      • Duane Dimitrov

        I guess.

        Or there is likely a contractual issue: you have to wait until you’re fired and the contract terminated–likely meaning Fox News has to pay you a cancellation fee–or else you will have to pay back monies paid to you.

    • CraigNJ

      Because they were still being paid.

  • Mark

    hmmmp. sounds like the reincarnation of J Edgar Hoover….

  • AJ Drew

    A selective photo, sorta, but still… that’s a face and cold-eyed stare that only his, um, gold-diggers could love.

  • KP

    So droopy his face needs a bra.

  • coram nobis

    A few million dollars is “a rounding error.”


    • Ben in Oakland

      Lots of zeros. Lots of round things.

      • anne marie in philly

        round like roger’s body!

        • Ben in Oakland

          Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww! He has a body!

          • Not really. Once there was a 7-foot tall bodybuilder. Then a mad, evil scientist removed all the bones, and we ended up with this…

          • Ben in Oakland

            Now Im Having nightmares.

            Save me, Mommie!

          • anne marie in philly

            and a vagina face!

          • grada3784

            He’s not of the body. Lawgivers!!!!!!!!!

  • Librarykid

    The IRS could invite itself into this situation along with other government agencies; just the thing to warm the cockles of conservatives’ hearts.

  • D. J.

    I hope this will lead to the world knowing which and how many governments have paid (and how much) Faux Gnus to proliferate propaganda.

  • Bob Conti

    A personal piggy bank PLUS a $40 million farewell handshake. Pretty sweet gig while it lasted.

  • thatotherjean

    That’s par for the course for a certain sort of rich, greedy Republican, isn’t it? Never spend your own money if you can steal it from somebody else. If the “somebody else wasn’t Rupert Murdoch, I might feel sorry for them, but, no.

  • StraightGrandmother

    I love that reporter,
    Gabriel Sherman,
    at the New Yorker, don’t you?
    He’s Totally going to town.
    Compare Warren Buffet to Roger Alies, both running successful businesses producing billions in profit. Warren Buffet says he will drive people to the polls on election day.

  • Ginger Snap

    Poor Faux News fucked by one of its own spawn.

    • boatboy_srq

      The amazing thing isn’t that Fox is found out – it’s that the Rube Goldberg nature of the contraption worked this well this long.

  • BeaverTales

    This really is fascinating:

    A national media organization being run simultaneously like a banana republic-style military dictatorship, a cult of personality, and a propaganda machine. It’s almost like it’s the 1930s again, in a nation that destroyed itself in a bid to make itself militarily strong again..

    I wonder what other parallels will emerge in the next few years, if any? History is like a drag queen–it often does repeat itself…it just changes the details and outfits in the intermezzo between the big Acts.

  • SilasMarner

    Ahh, another J. Edgar Hoover.

  • motordog

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I hope Shelley is keeping tabs on how Joe is spending the money.

  • No surprise here. That revolting little toad has never found a scummy bottom he wouldn’t sink to. Saw this on Fuckbook today – made me think of Ailes for some reason…

  • fuzzybits
  • andrew

    Fox investigating the crimes and shady dealings that went on at Fox, means the American public will soon learn the truth. LOL.

    • boatboy_srq

      It IS a problem that a source so compromised is the best resource for this information.

      OTOH, if Fox exposes Ailes (and possibly Murdoch), wingnuts are less likely to disbelieve it.

  • Captain Obvious

    It sounds fairly imbalanced over there.

  • JCF

    Perp Walk! Perp Walk!

  • EdA

    I wonder if/how much Fox money ended up illegally in Republican political campaign accounts.

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