Gawker Story: Fox News’ Roger Ailes Spied on His Newspaper Employees

April 18, 2011

(ChattahBox US News)—Gawker’s John Cook and Hamilton Nolan published a piece today depicting Fox News’ president Roger Ailes, as a deeply paranoid employer who reportedly went to great lengths to keep tabs on the employees of a small town newspaper he owns privately. The former editor for the Putnam County News and Recorder was tailed by a News Corp. security worker. And staffers believed the office was bugged and videotaped. Ailes reportedly confronted the paper’s staffers with bizarre accusations that they were gossiping about Ailes and his wife, and saying mean things during lunch breaks. Creepy weird stuff.

Gawker writes:

“The small-town newspapers in New York’s Hudson Valley that Fox News chief Roger Ailes owns with his wife Elizabeth are in a staff revolt after employees caught Ailes spying on them with News Corp. security goons.” […]

“Ailes—who installed Elizabeth as the day-to-day manager of the papers while he finishes his tenure at Fox News Channel—has run the papers with the singularly paranoid and abusive management style he brings to all his projects, resulting in the defection of his hand-picked editor and two top reporters earlier this month after Ailes told them he’d had them followed, and their private conversations surveilled, to catch them saying mean things about him. The spying followed years of intense weirdness between the editor and the Aileses, who once asked him to personally stop a break-in at their home and who implied that, after Roger’s death, he’d be expected to replace him in their marriage.”

Ailes, a former Republican political operative, who runs Fox News as a propaganda arm for the GOP, recently attacked NPR as “the left wing of Nazism.” The bizarre paranoid behavior of Ailes documented by Gawker isn’t surprising at all. Not one bit.

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