September 23, 1989 |
Warning: I'm about to violate the code of ethics for political writers. I'm coming to the defense of a highly paid political operative who plots television strategy for candidates. The man in question is none other than Roger Ailes, the Republican strategist who came to fame two decades ago as the shrewd media master of Richard Nixon's comeback. As portrayed in Joe McGinnis' book The Selling of the President, 1968, Ailes was the sharp-tongued operative behind the warmer, less frightening "new Nixon.
July 29, 1993 |
The Whitman campaign yesterday apologized to former GOP media guru Roger Ailes for incorrectly linking him to an infamous 1988 TV ad that critics say pandered to racial fears. The apology came one day after Ailes issued a blistering statement that labeled GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Todd Whitman "slick Christie" and questioned her integrity for saying that he had been responsible for the Willie Horton commercial. The campaign issued a statement yesterday that said there was "no intention to disparage Mr. Ailes or his reputation" and apologized for any confusion over Whitman's remarks.
September 7, 1988 |
Dear Jack: You might be amused to learn you were required reading in my political science class at Fairfield University. Before you start thinking royalties, though, I must add that the text wasn't "by" you but about you. I'm referring to Joe McGinniss's classic, "The Selling of the President, 1968," where he described your heated television confrontation with Richard M. Nixon during that unworthy's presidential campaign of the same year....
July 26, 2011 |
TRENTON - The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey said Monday that it would likely drop a lawsuit filed earlier in the day against Gov. Christie seeking records that confirm he met with the head of Fox News last year. The ACLU filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of a reporter for Gawker Entertainment L.L.C., saying the governor's office had issued a blanket refusal to release any records pertaining to the meeting. After the governor's office confirmed the September 2010 meeting, the ACLU relented.
November 21, 2002 |
'FOX NEWS ALERT" . . . there is bias in the news media. Bob Woodward of Watergate fame has written a new book called "Bush at War. " It's an inside account of the Bush administration in the first 100 days after 9/11, a fascinating look at the White House behind closed doors in a perilous time. One subject covered in the book is generating controversy. Woodward reports that Fox News honcho Roger Ailes sent written political advice to the president in the aftermath of 9/11. To Fox's critics, who love the flap, this is confirmation of a slant in the network's coverage.
August 11, 2003 |
MARIA Shriver will take a leave of absence from NBC News while her hubby, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, runs for governor of California. Shriver requested the leave to avoid any potential conflicts of interest between her job and her husband's campaign. In a related story, Shriver has also requested a leave of absence from the Kennedy family. Tattbits Mike Newell, the British director of "Four Weddings and A Funeral" will direct the fourth Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fox News officials reacted with outrage last week to the revelation that the Justice Department had closely scrutinized the newsgathering practices of its reporter James Rosen as part of a leak investigation. But federal prosecutors sent an e-mail to Rosen and a certified letter to Fox's parent company in 2010 notifying them that the government had seized phone records for five numbers associated with the network, according to a law enforcement official. "The government provided notification of those subpoenas nearly three years ago by certified mail, facsimile, and e-mail," said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case.
August 9, 1989 |
Gov. Kean, in his first speech to rally the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Jim Courter, said last night that New Jersey voters had embraced eight years of GOP stewardship in Trenton and wanted eight more from "Gov. Courter. " Kean, signaling a major theme of the Republican campaign, said that the "malaise, no-growth and high taxes" of the Democratic Party were rejected at the beginning of the decade and that voters would not return to that approach in the 1990s. "The people of New Jersey don't need more than one warning," Kean told 600 Republicans at Courter's $1,500 a plate event that raised more than $1 million.
June 10, 1998 |
Thick, dark brows furrowed in a frown, trademark fedora cocked back on his head, Matt Drudge leans in for his close-up. The 31-year-old Internet gossip - the man who named names in the Clinton sex scandal, put Monica Lewinsky's resume on his Web site, and is currently the subject of a $30 million libel suit - sits behind a scarred wooden desk and eyes the amber cut-glass '50's style ashtray beside a haphazard stack of prop newspapers. "I wish I smoked," he says regretfully, perhaps picturing how a coil of blue smoke would play against the green metal filing cabinets and battered wastebasket behind the desk.
September 3, 1988 |
The Democrats have been bushwhacked. In the past month, a quarter of all Americans have changed their minds about who they want to be the next president. What happened? What became of that "wimp" wandering the vice president's mansion? Where is that titan from Brookline, Mass., who was swept to his party's nomination on a wave of good humor about the hapless veep? The answer lies in the tactics followed by the two sides. The Democrats moved first. As they approached their 1988 convention, the Democrats learned from their political reconnaissance that the number one factor driving up support for them was the unpopularity of George Bush.