Report: Writer reveals allegation made by Ailes after ouster

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Noting that it has now been one year since the late Roger Ailes was fired from Fox News, former USA Today writer, Michael Wolff, published an opinion editorial Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter, titled, “Lessons learned from Roger Ailes one year after his Fox firing.”

Wolff wrote that soon after Ailes was forced out of Fox News, he had started to speak with Ailes on a regular basis. He noted that Ailes’ firing came along at the same time that Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination, and claimed that the sexual accusations against him weren’t nearly as bad as what Trump was accused of – yet he was fired, and Trump became president.

Wolf also made another claim, saying Ailes had confided to him that Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch had instructed Ailes to tilt the news “to anyone but Trump.”

“Murdoch instructed Ailes to tilt to anyone but Trump, Ailes confided to me before he was fired, even Hillary. (Ailes, for his part, characterized Murdoch’s periodic efforts at interference as similar to Nixon’s instructions to bomb this or that country — best ignored.)”

Former Fox host Greta Van Susteren sent out a Twitter post in response to the claim, saying, “Just FYI: neither Roger Ailes nor @rupertmurdoch ever told me to say/do anything about the race.”

The Washington Examiner picked up the story, and Van Susteren’s comment, originally slanting her statement incorrectly to say she “pushed back” on the story, then corrected it at her request.

Van Susteren confirmed that her comment “merely stated a FACT about me and me ONLY.” She did not confirm or deny whether it was actually true that Murdoch told Ailes to “tilt to anyone but Trump.”

Ailes died in May, due to complications suffered after a fall in his home.


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