FOX News Exec: Karl Rove Was Wrong
Karl Rove uses white board on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to illustrate his polling theory.
The Fox News implosion schadenfreude march of glee for liberals continues.
This time, it's a new group of comments from Roger Ailes to Mediabisto's TV Newser describing how the executive himself watched Karl Rove's moment of denial during election night.
“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?’”
Ailes watched as his highly-paid pundit was challenging his decision desk’s call which would give the election to Pres. Obama.
“So I quickly called [EVP of News] Michael Clemente and I said, ‘Michael whatever you do, don’t go to commercial. Don’t leave the screen.’”
Ailes instructed Clemente to have Megyn Kelly, “go confront the decision team. If you have to, make the decision team confront Rove.”
Ailes claims he wanted to do this for the sake of transparency, but it's also true, as TV Newser noted, that drama and confrontation play well. Still, Ailes admitted that Rove was totally in the wrong. "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.”
Did it? Fox News has sort of become a laughingstock because of that "famous walk down the hall." So although we can certainly chalk up another tally for Karl Rove's terrible, horrible, very bad week, it may be that there are no winners at all here.
The network's latest big move is trying todiscredit potential Secretary of State nomineee Susan Rice.