Fox News CEO Roger Ailes as President?

If the mere existence of Fox News scares some liberals, the idea of Roger Ailes, founder and CEO of the right-wing network, running for office against President Barack Obama in 2012 should send them screaming into the streets.

Last week, Politico’s Mike Allen reported friends of Ailes are urging him to jump into the fray and run for President.

“Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and that’s what we need now,” Allen quotes one Ailes friend as saying.

But Ailes is “laughing off” the idea and later told Allen he isn’t interested.

“This country needs fair and balanced news more now than ever before, so I’m going to decline a run for the presidency,” Ailes said. “Besides, I can’t take the pay cut.”

Ailes is a long-time political power who made his name reshaping Richard Nixon’s image for television after the then vice-president lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960, due largely to a poor performance in televised debates.

Ailes later served as media adviser to Ronald Reagan.

While the 69-year-old CEO of Fox News has expressed no public interest in running, some say he could present a formidable challenge to Obama.

“I have known Roger Ailes for 29 years,” GOP pollster Frank Luntz tells Allen. “No one knows how to win better than Roger.”

Writes Allen:

Talk of an Ailes run, which informed sources said is based on more than mere speculation, could escalate the White House war with Fox war in wildly unpredictable – and fun – ways.

It was Ailes who recently held a private meeting with top White House adviser David Axelrod to ease tensions. The meeting was not a success.

Shortly after, the White House stepped up its attack on Fox – and Fox has proudly fired back.

Fox executives are relishing the public spat – so much so that virtually every on-air personality talks about it, and Sean Hannity has made it a central part of his show’s promo.

The biggest reason: ratings at Fox are through the roof.


  1. Hoosier_CowBoy

    Fox News, Lush Numbnuts, Sarah Palin, all gifts to the the Dems.

    I’m sure that whoever will run the 2012 Obama Campaign prays that a curmugeon like Ailes or an airhead like Palin will head the ticket.

    The GOP is a gift that keeps on giving.

  2. Sandra Price

    There is too much hypocrisy within the GOP to even begin to describe Roger Ailes. Imus had wonderful things to say about him and I read Ailes’ biography. I saw the GOP fall apart under Bush 41 when he worked on a One World Order leading America into an Empire within the Middle East.

    Of course he lost his reelection and put Governor Clinton in the White House. The GOP changed agenda again to try to impeach Clinton for bopping an intern. The Congress was filled with hypocrisy, promiscuity and homosexuality on both sides of the aisle. The GOP changed their agenda again to search out sexual evil in the government. They needed religious voters so they promised the churches faith-based grants. Robertson, Falwell and Weyrich set the agenda for this new American religious right. The Christians responded and registered and voted for Fox’s choice.

    The saddest part was that it brought Governor Bush into the White House. We went back into the Middle East and pursued our Empire building. After 911 it turned into a Crusade against Muslims.

    No responsible American who was responsible for the news on his own station would continue to buy the false reporting news based on a pack of lies simply to destroy the God of the Middle East. They found one who did.

    Prior to Fox News and the Drudge Report, most of the news reporters saw the Presidents of many years on the beaches with their girls and sometimes their prostitutes including Hollywood starlets. The reporters never said a word because they respected the President of the United States. It took Ailes and his moral pay checks to sit on Clinton and every woman he bopped.

    I cannot help but believe he destroyed the reputation of the Federal Government to anyone who watched his news. I cringed every time I heard the term “family values.” The GOP still fills the news with family values but don’t look too closely to see how few of their men ever served in our armed forces. They are more than able to send off our boys and girls to fight for their oil. I don’t care who they sleep with but I care who they send off to war to die for oil. Roger Ailes is 100% behind everything Bush 41 and 43 did.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler

    You have GOT to be kidding.
    Roger Ailes running for president would be the biggest laugh of the century.
    I sincerely hope that the GOP puts every nickel it has into nominating Ailes, and I hope he picks Palin as his running mate.

    Four more years!

  4. hologram5

    Making this idiot president would liken that of putting Pee wee Herman in the position of Czar of family values.

    To Boldly Go…
    Anywhere there is sanity…

  5. bryan mcclellan

    This could gel our image world wide and put the final brushstroke to the neocon painting of the United States as rogue liars and usurpers.

    Jabba the Hut for President.. Hack..