If some have wondered why Fox News, as Univision’s Jorge Ramos has suggested, is soft on Donald Trump, it may be because Donald Trump has a plethora of dirt on Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes.
According to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, Trump has “insider information” on Ailes. The writer published in 2014 what the Daily Mail characterized as an “embarrassing biography” of Ailes, which reportedly led to the firing of the chief executive’s public relations adviser Brian Lewis. Lewis claimed to have “bombs” that could potentially bring down Fox News.
Roger Ailes won’t attack Trump because he has information that could destroy Fox, report claims https://t.co/TrLzXJDnCi
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 4, 2016
Trump was reportedly asked by Ailes to handle the situation. Trump said, “When Roger was having problems, he didn’t call 97 people, he called me.” The businessman added, “Roger [Ailes] had lawyers, very expensive lawyers, and they couldn’t do anything. I solved the problem.”
During the process of firing Lewis and keeping him quiet, Trump apparently learned all he needed in order to go after Ailes, if Fox News ever turned on him. Sherman wrote, “Trump, I’m told, learned everything Lewis had planned to leak. If Ailes ever truly went to war against Trump, Trump would have the arsenal to launch a retaliatory strike.”
— SensibleOne (@SensibleOne) April 4, 2016
Sherman’s article could potentially explain why, according to some, Fox News was slow to respond to Trump’s attacks on Megyn Kelly. Trump has repeatedly gone after Kelly with insults and comments which were determined by many to be misogynistic and demeaning.
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Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik called out Fox for not doing more to protect and defend Kelly. “I defended her more than Fox did. I went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and said why don’t you defend her the way you defended Juan Williams after NPR fired him?,” said Zurawik.
For the moment, Trump has not revealed what he knows, while Ramos and others contend Fox News continues to treat the candidate with kid gloves.