NY Daily News: Roger Ailes Called Us to Complain About Headline


roger ailesOn Sunday, New York Daily News TV editor Don Kaplan wrote about the serious allegations against both Sumner Redstone and Roger Ailes, who he referred to right at the top as “two crusty old media moguls” undone by “their own loose zippers.”

Redstone is being sued by his ex-girlfriend Sydney Holland, who alleges among other things that he gave millions of dollars to mistresses and girlfriends, and you’re likely familiar with the allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes. The most recent one, as Kaplan wrote, concerns a Fox 5 reporter accusing Ailes of things like asking her to stand up and turn around for him.

A spokesperson for Fox Television Stations said in a statement last week, “We do not think the plaintiff’s claims have merit, and we intend to defend vigorously.”

Kaplan’s piece on both Redstone and Ailes featured the headline “Gropey old men,” and that apparently spurred Ailes himself to call the Daily News:

“I was hoping you would be a gentleman and apologize,” Ailes said, citing MediaBlast’s Sunday column…

MediaBlast asked Ailes why — out of the mountain of stories about his alleged behavior — was he responding specifically to The News. He said because he had read Sunday’s column, it was now in front of him and he was “finally annoyed” — especially by the headline.

An attorney for Ailes told the Daily News, “Roger Ailes called the paper because he wanted to make clear that he vehemently denies the ludicrous allegations that were lodged against him by Ms. Curanaj. Her complaint is a laughable stunt. And Roger should not be compared to anybody else. He’s an icon, a legend, a visionary — and he’ll be back.”

Kaplan ends his piece today on the call by saying, “I try to be a gentleman, but, sorry, I simply cannot apologize.”

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