Roger Ailes Addresses FNC Staffers Re: The Rosen Investigation…

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple has a memo from Roger Ailes to his staff about the James Rosen investigation controversy…

Fox News chief Roger Ailes has sent a memo to his subordinates at the leading cable news network. He sent this memo to his staff today in connection with the federal investigation into an alleged leak to Fox News reporter James Rosen, a story that the Washington Post’s Ann E. Marimow broke earlier this week.

The memo’s a masterpiece, too. For all those who wonder what it is about Ailes that endears his people to him — and that makes him such a good interviewee for any media reporter lucky enough to get an audience with him — just read this.

Read the memo here

The only question I have, which has been banging around in my head for the past couple of days, is about the subject of whether this was reporter intimidation or not.

Sure the optics of this reek of reporter intimidation. But the key sticking point in such a theory is this is a tree falls in a forest scenario wrapped up in a chicken or egg scenario. All this took place a few years ago in secret and Rosen and FNC, apparently, were totally unaware it took place. So how can you intimidate someone if they don’t even know they’re being intimidated? Sure, now that the news is out it’s intimidation because Rosen now knows that his movements were being tracked. But at the time the investigation was taking place…if Rosen didn’t know, how was he being intimidated? Don’t you have to know what you are doing is being monitored in order to be threatened? If the news never got out would Rosen and FNC be looking over their shoulders now?

This is just an interesting thought exercise for me. I deplore what took place. It shouldn’t have happened. And now everyone will be looking over their shoulder when they meet with any government source.

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17 Responses to “Roger Ailes Addresses FNC Staffers Re: The Rosen Investigation…”

  1. Perhaps Holder’s original plan of intimidation was to march Rosen off to jail. The Obama folks were feeling their oats with a war on fox a delight to many.

  2. As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud and fearless.

    “And thank you, President Obama, for handing me the greatest day of my life.”

  3. Obama checked the tires on the bus today just in case it needs to roll over Holder.

  4. Every paranoid, “us against the world”, bunker-mentality fantasy Fox News has promoted for over a decade was handed to Rupert and Roger on a silver platter by these idiots. The gig is up, the party’s over. Every time they bring on the crocodile tears and claim persecution by The Big Bad Liberals, we’ll have Barack Obama and Eric Holder to thank for giving them the right to claim it.

    Nice work, boys. Some of us out here were actually hoping we would eventually get a less tabloid, more honest conservative media somewhere down the road. Not gonna happen. You let them win at the game they were playing. Idiots.

  5. Every paranoid, “us against the world”, bunker-mentality fantasy Fox News has promoted for over a decade was handed to Rupert and Roger on a silver platter by these idiots. The gig is up, the party’s over. Every time they bring on the crocodile tears and claim persecution by The Big Bad Liberals, we’ll have Barack Obama and Eric Holder to thank for giving them the right to claim it.

    Yep. Next time Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity go around claiming they’re the victims of a big, evil, liberal conspiracy, they’ve got the right to do so with credibility on their side.

    Next time Wayne LaPierre says background checks are really a plot by Obama to create a secret registry so he can take away everyone’s guns, he has the right.

    Obama needs to demand Holder’s resignation and then he needs to resign himself. As long as he is the face of “progress”, we’ll never be able to do a damn thing.

  6. But Obama is just too arrogant to do that. He’s all about saving himself. Hell, he has nothing to lose and he already blames everyone else for everything – what does he care if the Republicans get supermajorities in the House and Senate in 2014 and wins The White House in 2016? What’s he care if they get in power and enact their radical, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, “me first f everyone else” agenda? As long as he’s in power, he doesn’t care. He’s just too arrogant.

  7. An excerpt from what Z wrote in 2009 as the WAR ON FOX was started by Obama and Anita Hill:

    “he and his administration have more contempt for the press than any president since Richard Nixon. I wonder what Constitution it is exactly that Obama’s an expert on.”

  8. Republicans get supermajorities in the House and Senate in 2014 and wins The White House in 2016? What’s he care if they get in power and enact their radical, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, “me first f everyone else” agenda?

    Do you seriously believe even half of this sh*t?

  9. scary ain’t it?

  10. I wonder what Constitution it is exactly that Obama’s an expert on.

    Possibly the old Soviet one or that of Cuba. It certainly isn’t the United States Constitution.

  11. paminwi Says:

    The Constitution be damned. He makes a great speech and according to the folks on MJ he needs to go back to making great speeches to get his 2nd term back on track. They all thought the one yesterday was just “fab”!

    Have we ever heard a President talk about being a “king” so many times? That’s what he really wants to be.

  12. harry1420 Says:

    NOW if fox would report politics fair and balanced like it claims it wouldn’t be seen as biased as it is. REPORT the news…and leave opinion out of it. That is where fox runs into problems!

  13. Thanks for that nattering nabob of nothingness.

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