Feb 24, 2011

NYT: Fox News chief allegedly told employee to lie

Bashing Fox News is cheap and easy sport for some on the left. But a report in today's New York Times looks like something different. After reviewing affidavits, the paper reports that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes allegedly encouraged Judith Regan to lie to investigators about an affair she had to protect the presidential aspirations of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican. Ailes is allegedly caught on tape telling Regan to obfuscate. From the Times:
After the publishing powerhouse Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins in 2006, she claimed that a senior executive at its parent company, News Corporation, had encouraged her to lie to federal investigators two years before.
The investigators had been vetting Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner who had been nominated to become secretary of Homeland Security and who had had an affair with Ms. Regan.


That complaint said that News Corporation executives “were well aware that Regan had a personal relationship with Kerik.” 

“In fact,” the complaint said, “a senior executive* in the News Corporation organization told Regan that he believed she had information about Kerik that, if disclosed, would harm Giuliani’s presidential campaign. This executive advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Kerik.”


Mr. Kerik, was sent to prison last year after pleading guilty to federal charges including tax fraud and lying to White House officials.
 *The "senior executive" referred to here is Ailes.

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