Fox News Turns Away From Anthony Weiner Scandal

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."

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

More in Politics

Just In