Skip to comments.McGinniss ‘too busy’ for Fox? [McGinniss and Roger Ailes friends for 44 years]
Posted on 09/15/2011 5:06:35 PM PDT by Al B.
Erik Wemple reports that Fox News says it tried to book Joe McGinniss to talk about The Rogue, but he said he was too busy.
Thats an interesting decision, given that McGinniss has been friends with Roger Ailes for 44 years.
McGinniss wrote in May about their friendship, which started when he was writing a column and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Ailes was producing the Michael Douglas Show in Philadelphia.
The post was sparked by Gabriel Shermans story on Ailes, which quoted an anonymous associate of the Fox News boss saying that he thought Sarah Palin was an idiot a claim that drew ferocious pushback at the time, but which McGinniss said he believes.
Note the true affection in McGinnisss writing about Ailes:
But the one quality Roger possesses that I admire above all othersand it is undoubtedly the one least known and appreciated by those who deal with him only professionallyis his generosity of spirit. Roger will do anything for a friend. My respect for his privacy prevents me from getting into detail, but I know this first-hand. Maybe someday, when hes retired, hell let me tell people about his extraordinary loyalty, unselfishness and generosity.
Roger and I are in frequent contact by email, we talk by phone at least monthly, and we get together for lunch or dinner at least a couple of times a year. We talk far more about family than politics. I gave up trying to convert him years ago, and hes known from my Philadelphia newspaper days that I was beyond redemption from his point of view.
When we do talk politics, its always off the record. Because Roger knows Ill never violate a confidence, he has no qualms about telling me exactly what he thinks of the various high-profile political and media people with whom he deals. So I cant, for example, tell you what Roger really thinks of Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: McGinniss responds: "Roger one of my closest friends over many years, but Crown publicity has me already booked for next week. Maybe later."
Ping. dot dot...connect the dots.
Do they perhaps molest the same chillun or something?
I’m sure he lied about knowing Ailes, too.
Hit him again, Todd!
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So Ailes is friends with a scumbag for 44 years, another piece of the puzzle
The Palin snubs and sniping, is starting to all add up, isn’t it?
How sure are you?
Bah! It figures!
Well, pretty sure, but have no proof just going on all of the lies he has told otherwise.
I never believe a liar.
Why put him on the air and give the book publicity?? If McGinniss showed up on Fox News, I'd change the channel.
Just a guess but, me thinks that McGinniss has a very high and undeserved opinion of himself.
McGinniss and Roger Ailes friends for 44 years
WHAT? Ailes would be friends with this slimeball ?
Wow... dots hell... I see the portrait!
Can this be true? I guess so.
Connecting the dots .... makes quite an ugly picture.
McGinniss is a creep.
Right! Ailes has not wanted Sarah to run and the orders to trash her and snub her have had to come from him. BOR has been particularly smarmy, and only Greta and Hannity have given her the respect she’s earned, save for Eric Bolling and a couple of others on the business side. Chris Wallace has treated her nicely too, (for the most). part.