Report: Fox News chairman tried to get David Petraeus to run for president
A new controversy is tying embattled former General David Petraeus to executives with Fox News over an apparent push by network executives to have Petraeus run for president.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes tried to enlist the four-star general to run for the White House back in 2011 before the sex scandal that ended his career as head of the CIA.
According to an article by The Washington Post, Ailes asked Fox News National Security Analyst Kathleen McFarland to pass along some advise he had for the general. He advised Petraeus to turn down an impeding CIA director offer from President Obama, rallying instead for "chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff." If the position wasn't offered, Ailes suggested Petraeus put his name in the hat for the presidency.
"If I ever ran, I would take him up on his offer. He said he would quit Fox and bankroll it," Petraeus said in an audio recording between him and McFarland.
"Big boss is going to bankroll it, Roger's gonna run it and the rest of us are going to be your in house," McFarland said in the recording.
Petraeus laughed off the offer, claiming, "My wife would divorce me. He went on to take the helm at the CIA.
As far as Ailes leaving his top spot at Fox to construct the campaign, he says it was all a joke, telling the Washington Post he only asked McFarland to float the idea to Petraeus.
In a statement, Ailes explained, "I thought the Republican field needed to be shaken up and Petraeus might be a good candidate. It sounds like she thought she was on a secret mission in the Reagan Administration."
But this revelation is raising eyebrows.
"He was an adviser to previous Republican presidents. This is just kinda what he does, but it very much reinforces the notion that Fox News is a political operation, not a media operation," Politico's Dylan Byers said.
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