Nixon Memo Reveals Ailes' Plan for Fox Prototype
TV great, memo said, because people don't like to think
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2011 7:35 AM CDT
Roger Ailes, right, testifies during a hearing on election night 2000 coverage by the networks before the House committee on energy and commerce February 14, 2001 on Capitol Hill.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Where did Roger Ailes get the idea for Fox News? Maybe from a Nixon-era memo aptly titled “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV,” that envisioned a kind of proto-Fox News delivering “pro-administration” news to stations around the country. The 1970 memo, which Gawker found buried in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, wanted to avoid the “censorship, the priorities, and the prejudices” of network news by taping their own segments.

With cable then a smaller phenomenon, the plan was to tape segments and rush them to local newsrooms around the country, banking on them to accept the free content. The memo is anonymous, but has Ailes’ handwriting all over it. “Basically an excellent idea,” he commented, offering to run the program. But he warned that the administration “will get some flap about news management.”

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truesoy
Jul 2, 2011 10:48 AM CDT
This is so,so communist like and,yet, the conservatives are still in denial. They have a lot more in common with communism than they care to admit, and that's the truth!!!!!!!!
shonangreg5
Jul 2, 2011 5:46 AM CDT
Why are none of the "conservatives" commenting on this story? They might think this story's very existence here is evidence of newser's "Liberal bias" . . . I can barely imagine being so dumb. .................................................... And somebody is going to want to censor this message because I am saying "conservatives are dumb", treat this an an insult, and then delete the message. At least one of the moderators has done this multiple times.
greenlantern1
Jul 1, 2011 10:26 AM CDT
Ever wonder why FOX never probed the Diem Cable? Chuck Colson, under orders from Nixon, forged that document to make it appear that Kennedy masterminded the murder of Diem! Clifford Spencer