Did Ailes Hatch Fox News Under Nixon?

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.