Fox News chief accused of spying on newspaper editor

Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes has denied accusations that he spied on employees working for one of his newspapers.

Staff on the Putnam County News, based near New York’s Hudson Valley, are reportedly “in revolt” after Ailes “admitted to spying on the editor, Joe Lindsley, and two reporters – T.J. Haley and Carli-Rae Panny”, reports MediaGuardian.

All three have resigned, claiming that Ailes accused them of bad mouthing the paper’s day-to-day manager, also his wife, Elizabeth.

Lindsley also claimed that he was “followed by a News Corporation security man who admitted he was doing so at Ailes’s direction”.

Elizabeth Ailes hit back: “These rambling allegations are untrue. There’s a sad disconnect between his claims of undying gratitude and his current state of agitation.”

(Sources: MediaGuardian, Gawker)




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