Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes may think he's slick, but he really isn't. Tell me what's wrong with this exchange.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2 -- At a secret meeting with Barack Obama three months ago, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes says, he tried to clear the air with the Democratic senator by saying that his organization was determined to be fair but would not be "in the tank" for Obama's campaign.Well, there's the little matter of the reason for the boycott in the first place, namely that Fox News has been in the bag for Republicans since its very inception, and that progressives not only don't get a voice on your network, they're openly mocked by both your analysts and "news" anchors.
During the sit-down in a Waldorf-Astoria hotel suite in Manhattan that included Rupert Murdoch, the network's owner, Obama expressed concern about the way Fox was covering him. "I just wanted to know if I'm going to get a fair shake from Fox News Channel," Ailes recalled him saying.
"Senator, you're the one who boycotted us," Ailes says he replied. "We're not the ones who boycotted you. Nor did we retaliate for your boycott."
But my favorite part of the exchange is Ailes saying that "his organization was determined to be fair but would not be 'in the tank' for Obama." Like that was ever going to happen. Fox News, after all, is the media organization that gave us the "terrorist fist jab" moment. Being in the tank for Obama is the least of our concerns, Mr. Ailes.