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God Bless Roger Ailes

Busy with end-of-school events–child number three, Nico, graduated from high school this weekend–I’ve fallen a few days behind in my reading, so I only just now came across the memorandum that Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News, sent to Fox employees four days ago.  

You’d expect the leader of a news organization to create a flap when one of his reporters gets shoved around by the feds, and Ailes certainly sticks up for Fox reporter James Rosen. But only Roger Ailes could have written a note of such angry defiance–and such insistent patriotism.  

You could close out Memorial Day in worse ways than by reading this:

Dear colleagues,

The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States. We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.

I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years. I stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our unique American right of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be an American journalist is not only a great responsibility, but also a great honor. To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime. Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find irrelevant things to cause us to waver. We will not waver.

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.  Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.

Sincerely,

Roger Ailes

  1. Barbara Kidder

    The irony here is that, because Fox News is as large and successful a media entity as it is, being the object of President Obama’s assault on our liberty, will be successfully thwarted.  In fact, you could see it as engendering much sympathy for Fox itself and a ‘teaching moment’ for the country’s abysmally ignorant populace on the important of the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution!

    Things could have been very different if , instead of Fox News,  AG Eric Holder had spied on a small, struggling newspaper or radio station that few people had heard of, and whose veracity could have been called into questioned.

    I suspect that this whole outrageous scandal has been very good for business for Mr. Ailes, and good for morale at Fox News!

  2. The Mugwump

    ScandalGate has already become bigger than Roger Ailes and Fox News.  Last week members of the Tea Party marching on IRS headquarters in Washington were met by armed officers from Homeland Security.  The tea partiers weren’t intimidated either.

    Consider for a moment what the citizens of this nation are facing.  We have a president willing to use a politicized bureaucracy to harass and intimidate the citizenry.  We have a head of Homeland Security who thinks American patriots are a bigger threat than Muslim extremists.  And we also have our first political prisoner, Nakoula Nakoula, who was arrested in the middle of the night and sent to jail on trumped up charges.  Smell like tyranny, much?

    Even congressmen from the president’s own party are starting to see the threat.  No, we’re not going to be intimidated.  The sleeping giant is about to wake.  His resolve will be terrible indeed.     

  3. PracticalMary

    Call me cynical. It seems he broke the stories when told to.

  4. Robert Ham

    I hadn’t seen this either – thank you for posting. 

  5. Richard Stewart

    Practical Mary, can you elaborate on that? Who’s doing the story-breaking? Are you talking about James Rosen?

  6. KC Mulville

    He’s one of the reasons why I doubt that the Justice Department actually sent notice to FoxNews that James Rosen was being investigated. That’s not something Ailes would have idly ignored.

  7. Eric Hines

    Frankly, I was disappointed in the letter.  Ailes’ words are just so much ObamaTalk–idle chit-chat.

    What did he say he actually was going to do, either as the head of a major enterprise, or by hav his major enterprise do?

    Nothing, in that letter.  Not even something so simple and straightforward as “all the financial and legal resources of Fox News are committed to the Rosen case, and we’re going to drive this home to a successful conclusion for Rosen and for Fox.  There will be no respite for the government in this legal, and moral, matter.  Nor any secret settlements.”

    No, none of that.

    Eric Hines

  8. Caryn
    Peter, Amen.
  9. Matthew

    That’s the kind of support I wish I had from my boss.

  10. Larry Koler

    What a great man he is, indeed.

    Our modern media is so abjectly postured in love and worship of Obama that I believe history will report this era as a scandalous time for the press. We have a free press but it is more in lock step with the government than one that is explicitly controlled by the government.

    Only Murdoch and Ailes have picked up this prize of the centuries, our great press freedom, and raised it in defiance — and, in doing this, they have heaped scorn on the lazy and biased “Mainstream Media.”

    Vive La Fox.

  11. James Of England
    ~Paules: ScandalGate has already become bigger than Roger Ailes and Fox News.  Last week members of the Tea Party marching on IRS headquarters in Washington were met by armed officers from Homeland Security.  The tea partiers weren’t intimidated either.

    Isn’t it normal for federal buildings to be protected by the armed officers of the Federal Protective Service? Since that is, so far as I can tell, the entirety of their job, I’d like to think that they did it.

    I mean, if they were particularly rude, that would be unfortunate, but their presence seems unrelated to ScandalGate.

  12. Call2Doody

    Just finished and reviewed the Ailes biography.

    Those who represent us well will tenaciously defend the First Amendment rights of Fox News.

    Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch have given us a marvelous gift in Fox News, and no freedom-loving American benefits from government efforts to intimidate it. 

  13. PracticalMary
    Richard Stewart: Practical Mary, can you elaborate on that? Who’s doing the story-breaking? Are you talking about James Rosen? · May 28, 2013 at 4:11pm

    I meant the IRS/Tea Party persecution in particular as it has been known about since at least 2011.