An author was recently given “unprecedented” access to Roger Ailes and came away with the Fox News president’s thoughts about a “lazy” President Barack Obama, a “dumb” Vice President Joe Biden and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who he described as a “prick.”
In an excerpt from the new book published online by Vanity Fair on Tuesday, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, author Zev Chafets writes that he personally met with Ailes over a period of months.
During the 2012 presidential primary, the Fox News chief’s spokesperson had sought guidance in dealing with Gingrich after the then-GOP hopeful had accused the network of being in the tank for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
“Brush him back,” Ailes instructed. “He’s a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner.”
He later added, “Newt’s a prick.”
After Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen suggested that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life,” Ailes immediately countered that it was Obama who was the “lazy” one.
“Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life,” he quipped. “He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.”
But when it came to Biden, Ailes said he had a “soft spot” for the vice president.
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