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!
Just donated to the Todd Palin Defense Fund here: http://bit.ly/qzWnqH Via @rsmccain
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.
But I didn't know until this day, that it was Barzini all along.
Right. Because Ailes is so stupid that having a washed-up politician on contract is so good for ratings. You know, I occasionally start to think that the liberal media's influence is waning, but then I read a piece of crap like this and see conservatives falling for it.
And I have to admit that its influence is just as big as ever.
Well Sarah has her reason now to terminate her contract w/Fox.
I say do it.
He’s afraid he’s going to run into the subject, or the subject’s husband, or both, in the halls.
The sleazy SOB just did.
And so is Ailes.
Wow it sure is getting crowded under the Sarah bus. Especially considering how the bus isn’t even going anywhere.
When does MacDonald get a retrial with DNA evidence? McGuiness f’ed up an Army officer’s life over a speculative book!
When does MacDonald get a retrial with DNA evidence? McGinniss f’ed up an Army officer’s life over a speculative book!
mmmmmmmmmmmm, FOX , mmmmmmmmmmm
the last straw for me was this week when I saw Megyn Kelly tell the shrink that he was a hater because he said letting kids kids watch chaz bono pretending to be a man is not good for them.
she went off the deep end and that was it for me. She and FOX have finally put the last nail in the coffin except friends in the morning and that is very brief.
The book is chock full of lies, so why do people believe this one aspect?
Fox News chief Roger Ailes ----> Chris Wallace RomneyBOT
Fox News chief Roger Ailes ----> Hyper-biased FOX NEWS ProRomney Panel on Sundays
Fox News chief Roger Ailes ----> McGinniss has been friends with Roger Ailes for 44 years
Conclusion: SMELLS LIKE MITT AGAIN
Poor sport spoiler Romney doing what he does best:
"Despite outspending his rivals by huge margins throughout the primaries,
(Mitt Romney, Carpetbagger UT,CA,MA,NH,Mexico) lost Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and California.
The only primaries he won were in Michigan, where Dad was governor; LDS states;
and a few states on Super Tuesday in which his California-obsessed rivals
couldn't spare the cash to advertise.
Only John Connolly in 1968 had a worse cash-to-delegates ratio.
And John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries.
(W)hen (Romney's early leads) started slipping away, he resorted to unfair,
distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't
afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges."
[Romney: A Mistake for McCain, 7/23/2008, Dick Morris]
Since Murdoch’s done business with Bertelsmann, some joint venture in Asia, IIRC, McGinniss ducking FNC is certainly interesting...
FWIW, smells like Bertelsmann to me. I don’t give Romney that much credit.
Wow I had no idea she did that. I had such respect for her. But that is some messed up stuff, letting little kids in on this gender reassignment thing. I had no idea what homosexual was until I was in the 9th grade and that was only because of the show “Soap” otherwise I might have gone to my senior year in ignorance of folks who were attempting to mate two male ends.
Bertelsmann? Is she running for President, too?
Who knew? Who knew?
I wouldnt give that a-hole two seconds on the air..he is a scumbag and a pervert who enjoys peering into the bedrooms of little girls. All McGinnis deserves is a smack in the face..and a nice trip in the pokey for stalking
“I cant, for example, tell you what Roger really thinks of Sarah Palin”
Would anyone really care, anyway?
I’ve seen her defend her homosexual NY city friends before but this was the final straw for me.
After she said to the Do that he has no proof he hurts kids then he turned it around and said well there is no proof it doesn’t, well she did not like that at all.
I heard that she was on big mouth O.R still preaching that chaz bono was normal and that if you oppose this weird crap then we’re haters which is a typical thing for the left wing nuts.
Not saying she is left wing but she certainly can get all defensive for her pals up in NY City and name call like the left does.
I won’;t be tuning in in any more now.
BTW, sorry I forgot to add, I had no idea either till later in life and the first I ever saw was a trip to Boston with my kids and we turned on to Boylston street where there was a parade and I have never seen such sick things, pretend Nuns feeling each other up with a crucifix, two men walking in daisy duke leather shorts touching each other and my oldest aged 5 back then asking “Dad why are they feeling each others bums”
It was sick but now seeing Megyn Kelly defend cross dressing and thinking this was alright and we’re haters in her words then I was disgusted.
Why would anyone give free airtime to this scumbag unless the interviewer intends to ask some probing, truly inquisitive questions, which not many in the main stream media are willing to do. Perhaps some hosts on Fox would ask such questions, and the weasel is afraid to go talk with them?
It is a lawyer disease, Megan and that ditz Hoover, are a pair, Megan is beautiful, but straining at Gnats is the downfall for both, can’t watch either of them.
Anyone that can listen to Hoover for a segment and still complain about Palin’s voice as got a lot of gall.
Yeah, Fox is sooper-dooper conservative when it comes to the topic of things like taxes... yeah! Obama bad! Obama bad! ... but when it comes to about any other issue, and especially in regards to social-conservatism, they are unpalatably lib. Sometimes they try to hide this fact, so as to not alienate their viewers. This was very, very evident when the “gay marriage” in New York situation was going on. They barely mentioned it anywhere on their broadcasts, relegating it to a ten-second voiceover clip at ten minutes after the hour (while it was ‘headlining’ the other news outlets, which were obviously in celebratory mode). Downplayed the whole thing, so as not to rile up the ‘rubes’ in flyover country.
>> “So Ailes is friends with a scumbag for 44 years, another piece of the puzzle” <<
Ailes isn’t exactly a sweetheart himself.
>> “Because Ailes is so stupid that having a washed-up politician on contract is so good for ratings.” <<
If you look at MSNBC as an example, its clear that to the Mediots, their ratings are secondary to their mission. Ailes works for one of the most mendacious men on Earth.
Now they claim she had an affair with a black man. I just read an article that said she could be racist but still infatuated enough to have sex because it was taboo.
I think they have Sarah mixed up with Stanley Ann Dunham. She did that back in the 50's because it was taboo.
They are scared as hell about Sarah and pulling out every means they can. I don't think people are going to by their shit anymore.
Just in case the spelling police come out, that should have read buy their shit... :-)
I am so with you on m. kelly!
I nearly threw my shoe at the TV but el doggie wouldn’t move!
El doggie likes to sit on my shoes for some reason whereas m. kelly needs a a cranial/rectal transversion.
It’s my new thing with my family, gives them good reason to think that they can insert and reverse at a moments notice! “Oh Honey, it’s all good , you just need a “transversion” “Then I am just gonna swoop down and re-inversion you... if you get myah drift darlin””
The cranial and rectal aspects in this syndrome are not only healthy for your brains, but they help to prevent hemmohoids as well.
If I believed in pharmaceuticals, which I don’t, I would recommend giving the boob a drug at least once daily.
Good lord, what a dope!