The New York Times’ Bill Carter writes about a rumored settlement between FNC and Brian Lewis. Carter’s piece isn’t very informative about the settlement but it sure as hell is informative about just how seriously the network is about keeping a lid on it…
At the time, Judd Burstein, the lawyer Mr. Lewis hired in the wake of his firing, responded with a statement of his own: “Roger Ailes and News Corp. have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.” Mr. Ailes is the chairman of Fox News.
When contacted two weeks ago for confirmation of the settlement, Mr. Burstein responded with a short sentence: “I have been advised to refer you to Dianne Brandi at the Fox News Channel.”
Upon being asked four more questions related to the possibility that a settlement had been reached, Mr. Burstein repeated the same sentence. Contacted on a second occasion this week, Mr. Burstein searched through notes to retrieve the agreed-upon statement and repeated it again.
Ms. Brandi is the lawyer for the Fox News Channel. Every attempt to seek information from Ms. Brandi — which included both phone calls and email — had the same result: silence.
A series of corporate communications executives who work either for the channel or its parent organizations 21st Century Fox and News Corporation, offered the same response to inquiries about the settlement: “I can’t help you on this.”