Gretchen Carlson Taped Conversations With Roger Ailes (Report)

Roger Ailes Gretchen Carlson
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Roger Ailes’ ouster from Fox News has created new challenges at the network, according to a new report by New York magazine, which is now contending with a shift in leadership and will in months to come may have to work to keep its primetime lineup intact. The shocking episode was spurred, according to the report, by more than a year of inappropriate remarks made by Ailes to former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who taped her conversations with the executive on her iPhone and then filed a lawsuit.

Representatives from Fox News Channel and 21st Century Fox declined to comment.

The New York report offered new details of Gretchen Carlson’s efforts to fight back against a culture in which Ailes’ harassing remarks had become the norm: “She settled on a simple strategy: She would turn the tables on his surveillance. Beginning in 2014, according to a person familiar with the lawsuit, Carlson brought her iPhone to meetings in Ailes’s office and secretly recorded him saying the kinds of things he’d been saying to her all along. ‘I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better. Sometimes problems are easier to solve’ that way, he said in one conversation. ‘I’m sure you can do sweet nothings when you want to,’ he said another time.”

The report suggested Carlson may soon announce an eight-figure settlement in her legal battle. Ailes has in the recent past denied all charges against him levied by her and other women. A spokesman for Carlson’s attorneys declined to comment on the report.

Since Ailes’ ouster, 21st Century Fox has set executive chairman Rupert Murdoch at the top of both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network and elevated Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy to supervise programming and business operations as co-presidents. The New York report suggested the parent company is likely to bring in a new executive to take over for the elder Murdoch whose sons, James and Lachlan, are more involved with the day to day operations of the media conglomerate. Potential candidates for the job might include everyone from Jesse Angelo, publisher of the New York Post, Rebekah Brooks, a longtime News Corp. UK executive; NewsMax CEO Christopher Ruddy; or an outsider, the report suggested.

Meanwhile, Fox News faces talent challenges in 2017. Bill O’Reilly, one of the network’s main draws, has suggested in interviews he might consider retiring, while a contract for Megyn Kelly, the 9 p.m. anchor, elapses next year.

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  1. Mark Behringer says:

    How about proof-reading your articles? That first sentence had one word too many, ruining its structure. Choose : it WILL, or it MAY. It can’t do both.

  2. This is bull, Fox coup in full effect

  3. IT--II--IT says:

    MEDIA is 100% INTEL RUN.

    ALLL the SEX HEX items are deployed.

    MANY are HOAXES.

    RED CHINA TREASON was PULLED OFF.

    AMERICA is –clearly– being PULLED.

    The SEX ITEMs and mind control MEDEA – –remain- – – KEY.

  4. hmpowell says:

    A Sad era for Fox and America, This goes FAR toward viewers losing respect and thinking this station has any integrety ! Where are the Christain leaders at in USA?

  5. Bob says:

    And now Jabba the Ailes is working on Trumpilstilskin’s campaign. Perfect couple.

  6. BC says:

    O’Reilly will retire because he wants to avoid similar lawsuits.

  7. I don’t even like Gretchen Carlson, but fuck Ailes. No one deserves what she experienced.

    I hope she whoops his ass in court.

    • Bansi Jones says:

      Court? Ahhhh, no way this see’s the inside of a courtroom. But man that would be sweet. I’m no fan of Gretchen either, but Ailes is sick. They are all ready talking “8 figure” settlement. That means it starts at 10 mil.

      • I used to be an avid viewer of Faux news until I woke up and realized that all media are government puppets. The lying just gets worse CNN ,Faux, Msnbc-they all lie.Wake up people and see what a lie America has become.I love America it’s the crooked leadership I fear.This country is circling the drain!As for Roger Ailes I hope she cleans his filthy elitist ass out of tons of money!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael anthony says:

      Agree with first paragraph. Yet, one can’t help but wonder, did she report him or contact HR with her tapes? I would think the law requires an employee to notify someone and then if they don’t take action, or fire her, then she can use. Sure, she was let go at the end of her contract and she had rapidly declining ratings. She says she didn’t have poor ratings but was let go because she wouldn’t play his game. That’s where HR comes in. It will be a toughness for her to win, as it should be. Plus, what are the laws in that state regarding taping another person? Many states don’t allow it. If this went on during all her years at Fox, I would wonder why she didn’t do something sooner?

      • Zach says:

        You’re wrong. Most states do allow you to record a conversation, as long as one of the parties, in this case it would be Ms. Carlson, is aware of and consents to the recording.

        Also, Fox’s HR policies and protections likely wouldn’t necessarily apply to her, as I’d be willing to bet she was an independent contractor and not classified as an employee.

      • Jay Kareem says:

        @Michael anthony—–ONLY a man would make the above comment, yet believe strongly in its correctness.

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