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The Criminal Probe of Fox News is Growing

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Federal prosecutors and a federal grand jury are reviewing accusations that Fox News hid settlements with women who accused Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly from company shareholders, but according to CNN the federal investigation has expanded in scope.

There may be something far more shady Roger Ailes hid from the company and the public and the United States Postal Inspection Service, which handles mail and wire fraud, has joined the investigation.

Investigators have also been asking questions about mysterious confidants of Ailes -- people who were known inside Fox as "friends of Roger."

Ailes, through Fox News, employed a number of longtime friends as consultants, for purposes that remain unknown. One of the consultants earned $10,000 a month by submitting a monthly invoice to Fox. [...]

Some of the people interviewed by investigators have been asked about these "friends of Roger" and what they did behind the scenes at Fox.

These mysterious "friends of Roger" could be tied to accusations that Fox spied on its own employees and used sockpuppets to harass them on social media, or it could be something else entirely.

You have to question the competence and sanity of 21st Century Fox executives who allowed Roger Ailes to employ shadowy agents who were paid $10,000 a month for unknown purposes. That's a lot of money to pay someone whose activity remains anonymous.

What the hell were they doing? Where did that money really go?

  • muselet

    Josh Marshall asks, “Can Fox News Survive?” His answer is yes, but only if the internal culture of the organization changes, and changing that internal culture risks losing viewers.

    If it turns out these shadowy “friends of Roger” turn out to be the spiritual successors to the Nixon White House’s “Plumbers,” then I figure it’s probably game over for Fox News. While that’s good news, another Righty news outlet will take FNC’s place in short order.

    21st Century Fox is a publicly-traded company. I wonder how long shareholders will put up with this crap and oust Rupert Murdoch?

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    Man….with this, the continuing revelations about Trump/Russia, and the news that Jane Sanders’ Burlington College land deal is being investigated by the FBI….Hillary Clinton has to be laughing at the karma clearly catching up with some folks…

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    “Someone get me a pen. It’s time to defund the US Postal Service”–Donald Trump.

  • Aynwrong

    Given what has been revealed about Fox News already these “friends of Roger” could potentially be anything. FNC’s very own, private Men in Black. Which is a genuinely frightening notion.

    • JMAshby

      Is this starting to remind anyone else of the Church of Scientology?

      Now that you mention it, yes.

      • Victor the Crab

        The Church of Scientology looks admirable when compared to the House of Drumph.

  • Draxiar

    FOX News is, unfortunately a juggernaut so I wonder if these deplorable shenanigans will take it down but I sure hope they do or at the very least wound it for a good long time so it crawls with a limp.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I remember another case that started with a simple break-in. We can only hope this house of dominoes tumbles similarly.

  • gescove

    I will bring marshmallows when they burn it down. Good riddance to the hubris and malevolence that is Fox.