I have consistently posted here on GretaWire about the overuse of anonymous sources…..there is a legitimate use but there is also overuse…
At the risk of getting into trouble by sticking my nose into this…..I do think in a perverse way this stuff about Roger Ailes being isolated and Brian Lewis the #2 is all silly but it is another perfect example of why anonymous sources are so full of ****. You all know I hate anonymous sources unless it is national security. Who gets fired at the #1 cable news network (yes, that is FNC) is hardly national security. Let me do the unthinkable and go ON THE RECORD (I am not afraid….I have a long term contract for prime time even though the crazies, the anonymous sources, have me booted long ago! Ha!)
First, contrary to what I read this morning, Roger Ailes is not isolated. I see him every time I go to New York. We sit around his office – I have a Diet Coke – and we talk, we laugh (he is very funny.) While I am with him, he gets calls non stop, he gets notes run into him and people pop in and out. It doesn’t stop. Isolated? Not at all — although with the level of business traffic in and out of his office, I bet he might wish to be isolated.
Second, contrary to what I read this morning, Brian Lewis is NOT the #2 at Fox News Channel, is NOT the right hand man to Roger, and is NOT largely responsible for building the network and its success. Really? Brian? Are you kidding? Where was he? I have been at Fox for 11 1/2 years, with tons and tons of non stop interaction with the management, and I can remember only once ever seeing him (he was in DC on a college tour with a child who has long graduated and we talked college, not Fox!) No one inside Fox ever talked about Brian as the #2 or the force behind Roger or the success of Fox News Channel. If he was the #2 at Fox News and and largely responsible for its success, that is a Fox News Alert to this prime time anchor of 11 1/2 years! Frankly, I don’t think I could pick Brian out of a line up!
Where do people get this stuff? Yes…I know, those anonymous sources. The ones who don’t have the courage to speak up. I do. My name is on this one.
(Yeah, I know, get ready…put on the crash helmet for lots of anonymous sourced articles about me now…….)