Fox News CEO Roger Ailes For President in 2012???

@anniepa (27279)
United States
October 23, 2009 8:57pm CST
This is from Politico: Fox News President and CEO Roger Ailes is laughing off the entreaties of some friends and associates and will not run for president in 2012, an aide said Friday. Ailes replied when asked about the possibility, according to the aide: “This country needs fair and balanced news more now than ever before, so I’m going to decline a run for the presidency. Besides, I can’t take the pay cut.” Friends and associates have encouraged him to run, POLITICO reported earlier Friday. "Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and that's what we need now," said one friend of the he Fox founder, chairman and CEO. Frank Luntz, the well-known Republican pollster, said Ailes would be a force if he made the run. "I have known Roger Ailes for 29 years," says Luntz. “No one knows how to win better than Roger." See it here: http://www.politico.com/click/stories/0910/ailes_declines_12_draft.html What do you think - could Ailes have been a viable GOP or third party candidate? Does the fact that he's been mentioned in such a way kind of take away from the "fair and balanced" claim? Annie
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• United States
25 Oct 09
I do find it funny that one of the reasons was pay. It would be interesting if he wasn't the republican candidate, and ran as a third party candidate (seeing how he worked for the republican news network). I wonder who they would support?
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 09
You were supposed to find it funny, it was a joke. I think that he hasn't considered the other ways to make money as president as Clinton and Obama have discovered. There's the Nobel Prize for being a wimp in foreign policy, but that's a long shot. You have to be nominated BEFORE you do anything to get that. But there's always the confiscation of antique White House furniture and the selling of pardons to make an extra buck.
• United States
25 Oct 09
"You were supposed to find it funny, it was a joke." I really don't think it was, a million plus a year pay cut is a lot of money. "I think that he hasn't considered the other ways to make money as president as Clinton and Obama have discovered. There's the Nobel Prize for being a wimp in foreign policy, but that's a long shot. You have to be nominated BEFORE you do anything to get that. But there's always the confiscation of antique White House furniture and the selling of pardons to make an extra buck." Well he could do what Bush Sr. did, and use his friends in Saudi Arabia to get a job at a major PE firm like Carlyle Group making millions doing something (no one really knows). Along with all of the money that Mr. Bush makes doing speaking engagements (we all remember his trip to Japan when he lost is lunch on a Panda). There are many ways to make money as president, and I am sure that we will see more when Bush gets done with this speaking tour.
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 09
Okay, just want to say this again - Bush isn't the president anymore, either of them.
@debrakcarey (19921)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I'll address the democratic challenger for 2012 first; I don't think there'll be one. Obama will go unchallenged within his own party. I'm of the opinion the democratic party is scared of him....for what it's worth. As for someone suggesting that the CEO of Fox run...I think it was a joke, designed to make Obama fume some more over his recent embarrassment concerning the banning of Fox from an interview. You know, kinda like a poke in the ribs...to watch him further make an a$$ out of himself. lol
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I don't think there will be a Democratic challenger for the nomination either but not because they're "scared" of Obama but just because there usually isn't a challenger to an incumbent President by his own party. As for the rumors about Ailes, I don't know why that would even bother the President and it certainly doesn't make him make an "a$$" of himself. Actually I'd guess the Administration and the Democratic Party would be thrilled with an Ailes candidacy! Annie
@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 09
I don't think there's any question that Obama has been making an a$$ of himself with the White House war on Fox News. Even the other news media have decided that enough is enough with this suppression of a free press. I know it makes him look petty, vengeful, and frightened and you know it too. It's only now starting to dawn on him that people aren't taking his attempts to control the media well. So the WH tried to pretend they didn't try to exclude Fox, but CBS called them out on it. Anyone looking at this from a fair and balanced perspective can see that the president waging war on a news organization is making an a$$ of himself. Even if I had supported him, I would really start to wonder what's he's afraid of, just as many who did vote for him are now starting to wonder.
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Potential Presidential candidate names are bantered around all the time. Just because some of his friends say he should run doesn't really mean anything. There are people on this board who are thinking of running in the next election. I know, I know, these aren't serious claims but still you get the point. So do you know who the Democratic Presidential representatives who are going to run against President Obama in the 2012 primaries are? No, probably not. I haven't heard of anyone who as of yet has announced a bid for the Presidency. Obviously, this is just something that someone thought might be a news story but really isn't it because it is really someone's opinion about a friend that they think should run. Kind of like telling someone they should do something but that other person probably won't do it.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I think it would be surprising if ANY Democrat were to run against President Obama in 2012 but stranger things have happened. Ailes would NOT be running as a Democrat, that's one thing for sure. Annie
• United States
24 Oct 09
It really wouldn't be that surprising at all. After all, people ran against President Bush in his last primary.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
24 Oct 09
I have never even heard of this guy actually. Maybe he's a great ceo, obviously he has done some pretty good things for the news organization, but does that mean he can govern? It demonstartes executive experience, a knowlege of finance and business. but i don't nessesarily see that translating to a good presidency. Even if he could win, it doesn't mean he could govern. Honestly, I don't know enough about this guys beliefs and ideology to make a call.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
24 Oct 09
"Honestly, I don't know enough about this guys beliefs and ideology to make a call." Well, he runs Fox News, that should tell you all you need to know about his bliefs and ideology. Also, he worked for Nixon years ago. Annie
• United States
24 Oct 09
Annie I am quite sure no-one takes this article seriously however as far as the media goes we certainly do need fair and balanced news more now than ever before as it is so one-sided it is a sad day for the USA.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
24 Oct 09
We sure do need fair and balanced news but we sure don't get it from Ailes organization. Not by a long shot! Annie
@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 09
"Does the fact that he's been mentioned in such a way kind of take away from the "fair and balanced" claim?" I assume that up until now, you believed that the CEOs of all the news and media outlets had no political affiliations? That is, the head of CBS or NBC or ABC, they have no political ideologies, they don't vote and they purge themselves twice a year in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park to keep themselves pure from the taint of political leanings? Can we have a fair and balanced society if you don't let conservatives own news networks?
• United States
25 Oct 09
"Can we have a fair and balanced society if you don't let conservatives own news networks?" Just to get technical here Rollo, he doesn't own the network, he just runs it. Rupert Murdock owns it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Fox News is definitely full of gas. It won't take much viewership here, because people here want change, want genuineness, definitely not a conservative type. There in US, it draws viewers because of its emotional news content, being flabergasted and whatnot. With O'Reilly at the helm of its top programs, it won't have shortage of viewers, might it be republicans or democrats. Many hater of Fox News, admit it or not, watch FOX NEWS! Because they can't stop seeing the O'Relly factor, and many of its programs, they want to get inflamed again and again. They get addicted to watch FOX for the purpose of seeing how far it can get to being a one-sided network. It can go on for maybe more than their lifetime, our lifetime, because the Network gets profits even because of its haters watching their channel. ^^,
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
If I can vote there, my vote would still go for a democrat candidate. I can vote for a republican if only he/she is not ultra conservative and has the will to effectively command the empathy of the people, in essence, a god-given gift of leadership. I don't like BUSH, his governance, his minions, his deceptions "looking good, nice, being like simple" - oww com'on we know your horns, his overalls. I feel pity for his father, the former president, for having a son to degrade their family's honor and respect. You see, all around the globe, especially there in europe, they won't be deceived anymore by bush junior like character. You've seen, we've seen the protests, the outrage of the world against BUSH..Republicans have carved out a picture for themselves, they pictured themselves in relation to greed, deception, oil, and many more. If those traits are not of republicans, then i can be a fan of them too, but hell its NOT. I'm tired of Bull**** like them. Here in our country, we have politicians just like those republicans, and they are called as "TRAPOS" a short term for traditional politicians. They impede growth, just go for where the money is. But you won't see it coming because just like the republicans in the states, they have double faces, you see they have to make you believe that they are caring and good, for the people, for reform. and after you voted for them, they become what you've known them all along. Gloria Arroyo is one of them, is the worst of them. And a sidekick of BUSH here in the Philippines..and much hated too, hell she beated Marcos as the worst president of the Philippines on record, and to the eyes of the people too.