By now you have probably seen this story about Fox News honcho Roger Ailes trying to convince then-not-disgraced Gen. David Petraeus to run for president in 2012, with his help. (This was a Washington Post exclusive, filed in their Style section, for some reason.)
Nobody should be surprised that Ailes would want to feed his ego by masterminding a presidential run, or that Petraeus brushed him off (he's stupid enough to have an affair with his biographer, but not stupid enough to think he'd gain any credibility by running for president on Roger Ailes' command).
What IS surprising is that Ailes allegedly sent a Fox News national security analyst, KT McFarland, to deliver his suggestion to Petraeus. Which she did! And now Ailes is trying to throw McFarland under the bus, because that's the kind of boss he is:
In a telephone interview Monday, the wily and sharp-tongued Ailes said he did indeed ask McFarland to make the pitch to Petraeus. [...]
Ailes added, "It sounds like she thought she was on a secret mission in the Reagan administration… She was way out of line… It's someone's fantasy to make me a kingmaker. It's not my job." He said that McFarland was not an employee of Fox but a contributor paid less than $75,000 a year.
According to McFarland's website, she "is FOX News' National Security Analyst and appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News. She is also the host of FOXNews.com's DEFCON 3, one of the internet's most watched national security shows. Ms. McFarland writes a column for FOX FORUM, and records a weekly video blog for FOXnews.com, DEFCON 3 by KT."
First of all: That sounds like a LOT of work. What do actual employees have to do–host the shows, write the blogs and clean their own offices?
Second of all: If anyone was on a secret mission in the Reagan administration, it was Roger Ailes.
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