Friday, November 16, 2012

Roger Ailes: Karl Rove Was Wrong But 'We Have No Agenda'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Stop the presses.

Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes says Karl Rove was wrong.

Referring to his network's election night coverage, Ailes told TVNewser, “I turn on the TV and the first thing I see is Rove saying something like ‘you called Ohio too early.’ And I thought, ‘What the? What is this?’”

The news channel's own election team, along with NBC News, had already called Ohio for Obama but Rove refused to agree.

Ailes told TVNewer he then called Fox Executive Vice President Michael Clemente and told him to have anchor Megyn Kelly, “'go confront the decision team. If you have to, make the decision team confront Rove. ... We can’t do anything off camera.' I didn’t want the public or our competitors to say we somehow panicked and didn’t confront the truth on camera.”

After weeks of silence, Ailes finally admitted:

"As it turned out Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out.”

Ailes also said, “We don’t — I know no one believes it — we have no agenda."

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