Fox News chief reacts to Karl Rove on Election Night: "What the? What is this?"

In a recent interview, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes revealed that he was just as shocked as the rest of America on Election Night when Karl Rove challenged the veracity of President Barack Obama's victory in Ohio.

Roger Ailes
Speaking to media site TVNewser, the Fox News co-founder described how he had been watching election coverage in the News Corp. Sports Suite, just down the hall from his second-floor office, when he decided to head home once he realized that the President would be re-elected for a second term.

"It only took 15 minutes to get home," Ailes said on Thursday. "I turn on the TV and the first thing I see is Rove saying something like, 'You called Ohio too early.' And I thought, 'What the? What is this?'"

In order to avoid the illusion that Fox News was trying to cover something up, Ailes immediately called executive vice-president Michael Clemente and told him not to break for commercials. Instead, it was Ailes' idea to have news anchor Megyn Kelly leave the floor and directly question the decision team about their call for Ohio. He also instructed the team to confront Rove with the results, if necessary.

Refusing to conduct business off-camera, Ailes suggests that he wanted to achieve transparency on live television. "I didn't want the public or our competitors to say we somehow panicked and didn't confront the truth on camera," Ailes explained. "As it turned out, Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out."

Although Fox News is widely considered to be a media mouthpiece for the Republican Party, Ailes claims that the accusation isn't true and promised to provide objective coverage of Obama's second term. "It's day to day for us," Ailes insisted. "We don't — I know no one believes it — we have no agenda. If he runs into a burning building tomorrow and saves four kids, he's gonna be the biggest goddamn hero Fox News ever saw. But if he leaves four guys behind on the battlefield but can't explain it, then he's gonna have a problem with Fox News."

How do you feel about Karl Rove's reaction on Election Night? Do you believe that Fox News is devoid of an agenda while reporting on Obama's presidency?

- Roger Ailes
- Karl Rove
- Megyn Kelly
- Barack Obama
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Written by: Chrononaut
Nov 16th, 2012, 2:26 pm


Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2012, 8:20 am
"Thank god theres fox for news.If we were to watch the state media (a.b.c)(n.b.c)(c.b.s)and c.n.n.there would be lies only." People that think like that are lemmings being led to the cliff. People that think like that are why people like Jim Jones can seduce people into drinking the Kool aid. People that think like that can stay in their one "real america" If only people that think like that make to "heaven" well then I don't want to go there. If your hearing voiced in your head, turn off Fox noise
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Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 9:03 pm
Thank god theres fox for news.If we were to watch the state media (a.b.c)(n.b.c)(c.b.s)and c.n.n.there would be lies only.

Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 6:11 pm
By "they," I meant that the Justices of the Supreme Court knew -by virtue of that decision alone- that they, themselves, are evil human beings. *** I did not mean that Super-pacs are evil, since they are inanimate entities (which, are _not_, in fact, people, my friend): it's what they _do_ that is evil. And it is those people that authorized unlimited plutocrat contributions who are evil people. Just to perfectly clear! *** Whoa, I went way off topic, when all I wanted to do was to tell Ailes to f--k off with obvious hypocrisy.

Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 6:06 pm
The hilarious thing (tragico-comically) is that he says it with a straight face. *** That's just fascism, plain and simple, fair-and-balanced, and Orwellian to the end. *** It reminds me of how the US Supreme Court of Injustice told Americans that Supper-Pacs are constitutionalegal... they did it with a straight face... but deep inside, they knew. They knew they are evil.

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Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 4:51 pm

Right, Fox News has no agenda.





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Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 2:39 pm

I love that Rove's ridiculous reaction on election night has effectively united all sides ot the policial spectrum in a collective facepalm.

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