“Newt’s a prick.” – Roger Ailes
IN THE teaser on Vanity Fair’s website, previewing Zev Chafets’s book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, who had the Fox News channel chief’s cooperation, a stunning anecdote is revealed. President Obama actually went in to see Roger Ailes to complain about Sean Hannity.
After some pleasantries, Obama got to the point. He was concerned about the way he was being portrayed on Fox, and his real issue wasn’t the news; it was Sean Hannity, who had been battering him every night at nine (and on his radio show, which Fox doesn’t own or control). Ailes didn’t deny that Hannity was anti-Obama. He simply told the candidate not to worry about it. “Nobody who watches Sean’s going to vote for you anyway,” he said.
It’s truly stunning that President Barack Obama let a gnat like Sean Hannity bother him to this extent. Only his own ego could make Barack Obama confront Ailes over Hannity.
The White House could not have possibly been worried about Hannity’s impact, because absolutely no one listens to him other than the wingnut chorus, who would never vote for Obama in the first place. This is exactly what Roger Ailes told Obama.
It’s something the President should have known, because everybody else most certainly does.