Media mogul Rupert Murdoch wanted to tilt the U.S. presidential election to any candidate but President Trump, according to a longtime friend of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
"Murdoch instructed Ailes to tilt to anyone but Trump, Ailes confided to me before he was fired, even Hillary. (Ailes, for his part, characterized Murdoch's periodic efforts at interference as similar to Nixon's instructions to bomb this or that country — best ignored.)," Michael Wolff wrote in a column Thursday, one day before the one-year anniversary of Ailes' resignation.
The former writer for USA Today and the UK edition of GQ insisted Ailes' unapologetic support for President Trump ultimately led to his firing by the parent company's Murdoch family.
"It was Ailes' tacit support of Trump that, in part, made his removal from Fox all the more urgent for the Murdochs. And it was not just the liberal sons who were agitated by Ailes' regard for Trump, but also the father, whose tabloid, the New York Post, helped create Trump, but who found him now, with great snobbery, not of 'our' conservative class," Wolff wrote.
Wolff argued the allegations of sexual misconduct against Ailes were minor in comparison to those waged against Trump.
"The sons of the world's greatest tabloid purveyor had taken up arms, conveniently or otherwise, as a new moral force (and, in the coming year, would, as militant practitioners of corporate righteousness, oust a lineup of Fox managers and talent)," Wolff wrote. "While Ailes and other Fox cohorts were sent into exile, in this upside-down world, Trump, accused of far more louche behavior, was elected president."
Ailes died at the age of 76 in May.