Fox News Turns Away From Anthony Weiner Scandal

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Weinergate, with its lewd photo evidence and awkward press conferences, is a TV producer's dream. While a prudent newspaper editor will always tell the newsroom to advance a story rather than dwell on reported facts--this is cable news. Add in the possibility of embarrassing a rising-star Democratic legislator--red meat for the Fox News crowd--and you'd imagine that Roger Ailes would be pretty happy right now. But the Fox News president Roger Ailes told his newsroom to "move on" from the controversy surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner's alleged twitter photo unless a new development manifested itself.

"The media's had enough giggles over Mr. Weiner and his name," said Ailes, in an interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz. "Sometimes the families take a bigger hit than the person that people are trying to destroy."

The uncharacteristic quote is all part of Kurtz's thesis that Ailes is starting to sound "strangely reasonable these days" as his detractors depict him as "power mad, paranoid, and a GOP puppeteer."

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