Fox News Chief Roger Ailes admits 'Rove Was Wrong'


Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel, attends the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media" at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City.


Stephen Lovekin

Fox News has been widely criticized for its election night coverage in which Karl Rove's refused to accept President Barack Obama had won Ohio and, thus, the presidency.

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Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes told TVNewser, “I turn on the TV and the first thing I see is Rove saying something like ‘you called Ohio too early.’ And I thought, ‘What the? What is this?’”

The news channel's own election team, along with NBC News, had already called Ohio for Obama and declared him president once again but Rove refused to agree.

Ailes told TVNewer he then called Fox Executive Vice President Michael Clemente and told him to have anchor Megyn Kelly, “'go confront the decision team. If you have to, make the decision team confront Rove... We can’t do anything off camera.' I didn’t want the public or our competitors to say we somehow panicked and didn’t confront the truth on camera.”

After weeks of silence, Ailes finally admitted Thursday “As it turned out Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes recently signed another deal with Fox that keeps him there for another four years.

As the Reporter noted, Ailes also said “We don’t — I know no one believes it — we have no agenda."