The always candid Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is stirring the pond again, telling Newsweek that he wants to hire one of the best-known liberals around to work at his conservative-leaning operation: Hillary Clinton.
“I’d like to hire Hillary Clinton. She looks
|Hillary Clinton would "get ratings," Fox News chief Roger Ailes says. (Getty Images Photo)
unhappy at the State Department. She’d get ratings,” Ailes spilled to Newsweek’s Howard Kurtz. No word on whether Clinton knows about – or would even consider working for Fox.
During the interview, Ailes shared his ideas on everything from the GOP’s field of 2012 contenders to his negotiations with Glenn Beck as he departed Fox.
Ailes told Kurtz that he doesn’t believe he’s a GOP kingmaker, “though he confirmed that he invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to dinner, [while denying he urged Christie to jump into the race],” and also hailed praise on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a possible presidential candidate.
|Ailes: Sarah Palin is "so smart she's got the press corps running up the whole East Coast behind her bus. (Getty Images Photo)
Kurtz interviewed Ailes recently about potshots levied at him in profiles published in two magazines. The New York magazine and Rolling Stone articles painted Ailes as “power mad, paranoid, and a GOP puppeteer,” Kurtz writes.
Ailes denied the accusation in one profile that he thinks potential Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin is an “idiot.” He said Palin visited his Manhattan office when she was in New York City on her national bus tour, and that she is “so smart she’s got the press corps running up the whole East Coast behind her bus.”
Asked about the scandal in which Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is accused of sending an inappropriate photo of himself to a college student, Ailes responded that he had instructed reporters to back off on the story. “The media’s had enough giggles over Mr. Weiner and his name,” Newsweek quotes Ailes as saying. “Sometimes the families take a bigger hit than the person that people are trying to destroy.”
Ailes denied Rolling Stone’s claim that his office had blast-resistant windows and that he travels with a large security detail. “He invited me to throw a rock at the glass — and promised security would arrest me,” Kurtz writes of his visit to the office.
He also discussed Fox News personality Glenn Beck’s recent departure. Ailes reportedly had met with the increasingly controversial Beck several times before an agreement was made.
Ailes didn’t reveal much, telling Newsweek that “[Beck’s] goals were different from our goals . . . I need people focused on a daily television show.”
Kurtz writes that Ailes’ calm under pressure is behind his success as a media heavyweight: “Part of his genius is that when he faces hostile fire, Ailes can turn unexpectedly mellow, the better to make his critics look like the loony ones.”
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