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Lindsey Graham pushed Fox News president to stifle criticism of the immigration reform bill

Posted on 16-Jan-2014
Topics: Bias and Corruption in the News Media  

Lindsey Graham, one of the architects of failed 2013 immigration reform bill claims that he and others aggressively courted Roger Ailes to change the content of Fox News to help pass the bill, which he apparently did. Graham made the statement in defense of Ailes, who was accused of wanting to kill illegal immigrants in a new book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) says Roger Ailes is getting a raw deal in a new biography, at least as far as immigration is concerned. The book quotes Mr. Ailes offering a harsh prescription for illegal immigrants.

But Mr. Graham, an architect of last year’s Senate immigration bill, said in an interview that the chief of Fox News supported fixing the broken immigration system and that his network was “far more balanced” in covering the debate than it had been during the 2006-2007 effort. Mr. Ailes has also been quoted on the record supporting the immigration overhaul, including its most contentious piece, a path to citizenship for those here illegally.

“I met with him at least three to four times in person and talked to him a lot,” Mr. Graham said. He said he and others aggressively courted Mr. Ailes in hopes of toning down what Mr. Graham described as vocal opposition on Fox in the past. “People who observed the debate noticed that the tone was different and not so one-sided. It wasn’t ‘amnesty’ every 15 minutes.”

The new book, which goes on sale Tuesday, is titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country.” It recounts a conversation in which Mr. Ailes said that if he were president, he would send Navy SEALs in training to the border as part of a certification process.

“I would make it a requirement that you would have to personally kill an illegal immigrant coming into the country. They would have to bring home a dead body,” Mr. Ailes told a local politician, according to the book.

A former frequent Fox News guest claims that we has banned for being an opponent of amnesty:

Prior Fox News guest William Gheen is issuing a statement in response to The Wall Street Journal's report of January 14, 2014, written by Laura Meckler that reveals Fox News banned guests who are opponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants and political opponents of Senator Lindsey Graham.

The article indicates (click here to read) that after Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, came out in support of immigration reform amnesty three years ago, the CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes met several times with Senator Lindsey Graham to discuss controlling the content of Fox News in favor of amnesty legislation.

"I knew that I was banned from Fox News for my prior successful efforts opposing amnesty legislation," said William Gheen. "I am glad that Senator Lindsey Graham is now telling people the truth even though I believe he is boasting when he reveals how Roger Ailes banned people like me to help Graham pass amnesty legislation that would permanently destroy America's borders and permanently displace most Fox News viewers in American jobs and elections! I hope that all Americans will be warned that Fox News is neither fair nor balanced, and that totalitarian steps are being taken to silence the voices representing the views of most Fox News viewers."

William Gheen last appeared on Fox News, after being a regular guest for many years, as the first in studio guest on the historic Election Day of November 2, 2010. While banned from Fox News and other major networks that all support nation destroying amnesty for illegal aliens, ALIPAC and William Gheen continue to broadcast to hundreds of thousands of Americans via social media and email alerts found at www.alipac.us.

Sources:

[1] "Graham Defends Fox News Chief Ailes on Immigration", Laura Meckler, 14-Jan-2014

[2] "Banned Fox News Guest Releases Statement on Senator Lindsey Graham Revelations", ALIPAC, 15-Jan-2014

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