Poll Context: A report published in New York magazine is shedding light on Donald Trump’s ongoing saga with Fox News. Reporter Gabriel Sherman indicates that Trump has insider information on the news network that has kept both the CEO and GOP power-broker Roger Ailes from declaring outright war on him.
Sherman wrote a biography on Roger Ailes, ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’, which was apparently so damaging it that Ailes fired his PR adviser Brian Lewis, believing that Lewis had been an anonymous source for the book.
When he was fired, Lewis went on a rampage, threatening to drop ‘bombs’ that would destroy both Ailes and Fox News. It was when Lewis hired powerhouse litigator Judd Burstein to represent him in severance negotiations with Fox News that Trump says he got involved, since he previously worked with Burstein.
‘When Roger was having problems, he didn’t call 97 people, he called me,’ Trump told the magazine. ‘Roger [Ailes] had lawyers, very expensive lawyers, and they couldn’t do anything. I solved the problem.’
After many meeting at Trump Tower, Fox settled and paid millions to keep Lewis quiet. However, Trump learned all the dirt known to Lewis.
‘Trump, I’m told, learned everything Lewis had planned to leak. If Ailes ever truly went to war against Trump, Trump would have the arsenal to launch a retaliatory strike,’ Sherman writes.
So does Trump know enough to destroy Fox if they played hard ball against him?