Roger Ailes shares important words with Fox News employees.

Dear colleagues,

The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including  James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its  constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United  States.  We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative  journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a  “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are because so many of you  have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or  email account to  gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have  done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees  will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test  of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press  intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the  truth.

I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years.  I stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our  unique American right of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be  an American journalist is not only a great responsibility, but also a great  honor.  To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime.   Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find  irrelevant things to cause us to waver.  We will not waver.

As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then  when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud and  fearless.  Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.


Roger Ailes


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