Roger Ailes Interview…
The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael O’Connell interviews Roger Ailes. I found it superficially boring. You get to interview the most powerful man in news today, a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you waste time asking about Alec Baldwin?
Other people in cable news have said things in the past few months that cost them their jobs. What did you think of MSNBC’s Alec Baldwin experiment?
They dodged a bullet. They put him in there, and they would’ve had to fire him for no ratings. He gave them a reason to get fired. He appears to be angry and explosive, so that was essentially bound to happen. If somebody wants to book Alec Baldwin on one of our shows, and he wants to come on and talk to our people and say what he wants, I don’t care. We would question him on his choice of words. He’s sort of a ready-fire-aim kind of guy as opposed to ready-aim-fire.
Or you ask him what he reads?
When you wake up first thing in the morning, what do you read?
I look at four New York newspapers: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the [New York] Post and the Daily News. On my cellphone, I look at Drudge [Report] because he’s the best aggregator going on.
Much more interesting is Ailes’ take on business news…
What are the growth expectations for Fox Business?
I’m not sure business television has adapted to all the changes that have been presented to it nor the economic conditions of the country. Our lineup of top business talent is like the New York Yankees in their heyday. That’s going to work for us as the economy turns and people get a little more disinterested in socialism and a little more interested in capitalism. Business news has traditionally looked at yesterday … a bunch of old people looking at numbers. And the real business news is going to be what happens tomorrow.
As was Ailes on the internet…
Is building Fox’s web presence a priority?
I was a little slow to it, I think, because it wasn’t my natural medium. I probably should have spent money six months or a year earlier to bring in more people. It’s a very intense business. You don’t get as much money, so you don’t make as much money, so you can’t spend as much money.