" ... How was [Roger] Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims without setting off alarm bells? ... Ailes was also able to use portions of the Fox budget to hire consultants, political operatives, and private detectives that reported only to him ..." - Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine, August 7, 2016. Here is the article.
Gabriel Sherman presents this information based on his long list of sources about Ailes.
For years, Sherman has been developing a niche industry covering Ailes. That culminated in his January 2014 negative biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room." More than two years later, it retains a high ranking on Amazon. Today it was at 14,639 Here you can order it.
Back when Sherman's book was being published, Bob Dilenschneider, who had been and may still be Ailes' personal public relations representative, purchased $15,000 in ads pumping an earlier positive Ailes' biography by Zev Chafets.
Since that Chafets' book was not a newbie on the market, this initiative seemed odd. Media sleuths uncovered Dilenschneider, founder of The Dilenschneider Group, as the buyer.
If Sherman's sources are on the money, literally, then that means that culture and systems at Fox allegedly allowed Ailes to leverage the corporate budget as his own sort of ATM machine.
As we in legal media well know, when lawyers do that sort of thing with client funds, if they are found out, they can lose their license, have to make restitution, and could wind up serving a prison term. On "The Good Wife," law partner Will Gardner was suspended from practicing law for several months. He had "borrowed" from client funds to pay off gambling debts.
One wonders if the Sherman allegations are proved, if this data will be turned over to law enforcement? Since the Fox parent, 21st Century Fox, is a public corporation owned by shareholders, The Three Murdoch MediaTeers will not have total say in this.
The Fall of the House of Ailes' saga is proving to be a sustained media story. It could wind up the Watergate of the 21st century. Instead of misuse of power in government, the meme could be the problem with power and corporate leadership. The governance experts could jump into this one with both feet.