Fox “News” Chief Roger Ailes Instructs Employee To Lie. Again.
Well, no rest for the weary! Here’s another one:After the publishing powerhouse Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins in 2006, she claimed that a senior executive at its parent company, News Corporation(the company that owns Fox “News”), had encouraged her to lie to federal investigators two years before.
The investigators had been vetting Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner who had been nominated to become secretary of Homeland Security and who had had an affair with Ms. Regan.
The goal of the News Corporation executive, according to Ms. Regan, was to keep the affair quiet and protect the then-nascent presidential aspirations of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Kerik’s mentor and supporter.
And who was this senior executive? Why, the most senior one they had.But now, affidavits filed in a separate lawsuit reveal the identity of the previously unnamed executive: Roger E. Ailes, chairman of Fox News.
Well, that’s a real problem, isn’t it?Depending on the specifics, the conversation could possibly rise to the level of conspiring to lie to federal officials, a federal crime, but prosecutors rarely pursue such cases, said Daniel C. Richman, a Columbia University law professor and former federal prosecutor.
“In the scheme of things there are other priorities, and these are not necessarily easy cases to make,” Mr. Richman said.
Really? Other priorities that are more important that when the head of a giant “news” network that’s frequently accused of misleading a giant chunk of the American populace also turns out to personally encourage his employees to lie to federal officials? […]