Would It Surprise You to Learn that Roger Ailes Apparently Loved the Homophobic F-Word?
CNN Money came out with a story yesterday after three different people came to them with a second-hand story they’d allegedly heard from former Politico CEO Fred Ryan. The story goes that Roger Ailes disparaged the founder of Media Matters for America, David Brock, by calling him “that faggot” in conversation with Ryan. CNN went on to remind readers that Ailes’ biographer Gabriel Sherman had claimed that Ailes was removed from NBC in the 1990s because he called executive David Zaslav “a little fucking Jew prick.” Ailes’ attorney insists that no such interaction ever took place, but there are plenty of other accounts ready to bubble up in its place if it is ever successfully scrubbed from the anecdotal record.
All of this is coming out now, of course, because Ailes is out at Fox News. Ever since Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment and Megyn Kelly allegedly backed her up, there has been no shortage of corroboration from those who want to underline the claims that Ailes is a misogynist, an anti-Semite, a racist, a homophobe, and a generally intolerant guy.
From the f-slur to the n-word, Ailes seems to have used them all during his time at Fox News. So, tell us: Are you shocked?
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