When Gen. Petraeus was the commander in Afghanistan, the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, tried to get him to run for President. Bob Woodward got the audio recording of the Fox News correspondent making the offer. Ailes would quite Fox News to run the campaign and Rupert Murdoch would bankroll it
in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan to pass on his thoughts to Petraeus, who was then the commander of U.S. and coalition forces there. Petraeus, Ailes advised, should turn down an expected offer from President Obama to become CIA director and accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military post. If Obama did not offer the Joint Chiefs post, Petraeus should resign from the military and run for president, Ailes suggested.
The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. She did so at the end of a 90-minute, unfiltered conversation with Petraeus that touched on the general’s future, his relationship with the media and his political aspirations — or lack thereof. The Washington Post has obtained a digital recording from the meeting, which took place in Petraeus’s office in Kabul.
When asked for comment and in the light of the 13 minutes of audio, Ailes pretended he wasn't behind the offer and threw the Fox journalist under the bus.
I also like this part where she promises him that Fox News from top to bottom would be be working for him with Rupert funding it, Ailes mangaging it and the rest of Fox begin his "in house" team.
“Tell him if I ever ran,” Petraeus said, and then laughed, “but I won’t . . . but if I ever ran, I’d take him up on his offer. . . . He said he would quit Fox . . . and bankroll it.”
“Bankroll it?” asked McFarland, who served as a senior aide to Henry Kissinger and later as a Pentagon spokeswoman in the Reagan administration.
“Or maybe I’m confusing that with Rupert,” Petraeus said.
“I know Roger, he’s done okay,” McFarland replied, “but . . . no, I think the one who’s bankrolling it is the big boss.”
“That might be it,” Petraeus said.
“Okay,” McFarland said, “the big boss is bankrolling it. Roger’s going to run it. And the rest of us are going to be your in-house.”
Wow, that's some banana republic shit...in Mexico, the two biggest media conglomerates, Televisa and TV Azteca who both own more than 90% of the country's media outlets, just got an empty suit elected by promoting, doing softball interviews and generally pushing to the electorate that only Peña Nieto was electable and that his election was inevitable. Obviously most folks ate it up
Fortunately, it would be much harder to pull that off in the US, there are tons more media options and we just saw Fox' Romney get his ass handed to him
Hahaha, Fox News is so fair and balanced that you righties thought Romney was gonna landslide his way to the WH, I mean you guys really ate that shit up while everyone else was reading Nate Silver, Sam Wang etc and saw that Obama was a clear favorite.