Did Ailes Hatch Fox News Under Nixon?

    Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News studio in New York in this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo. Ailes will direct the new Fox Business Network channel, which starts up on Monday, challenging CNBC.

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    The seed of Fox News may have been a Nixon administration plot to undermine the “prejudices of network news,” as outlined in “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News,” a memo found deep within the Nixon presidential library, Gawker reports. A 318-page stash of documents outlines the work of GOP media strategist Roger Ailes who advised both the Nixon and H.W. Bush administrations. Working as a consultant for both presidents, Ailes offered advice on everything from regulating campaigns to staging photo-ops. Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996 as a “fair and balanced” alternative to liberal leaning news.

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