Fox News chief is reported to use homophobic slur

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel attends the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media" at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

According to the reports, the exec of one of the biggest news channel Roger Ailes has used words which can be defined as homophobic. He resigned from his role as Fox News CEO this month following a number of allegations of sexual harassment, with News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch taking direct control of Fox News. A CNN Money report raised further questions about Ailes’ conduct, with sources claiming that he used racist and homophobic slurs, describing gay Media Matters founder David Brock as a “faggot”.

The outlet reports of a meeting with Politico CEO Fred Ryan: “Ailes told Ryan what he wanted: He wanted fair coverage from Politico; he wanted the website to take stock of Fox News’ successes, not just its controversies; and he wanted Politico to stop taking talking points from ‘that faggot David Brock’.”David Brock claims not to be surprised, Alles has used such words before.

A representative for Ailes described the claims as “worn out and inaccurate gossip items”.But media columnist Michael Wolff defended Ailes. He told CNN: “What Roger says can often be, in polite parlance, inappropriate. But it is also very funny and keenly perceptive. This is not just vulgarity or slurs, it’s an original world view – novelistic in a sense. If you haven’t heard it, you’ve missed out on something memorable. He’s the Toscanini of inappropriateness.”


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