05/06/2013 09:08 am ET Updated May 06, 2013

Roger Ailes Reportedly Cut Geraldo Rivera's Microphone During Fox News Appearance

Oh, Roger Ailes.

The New York Times preview of journalist Jonathan Alter's new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, begins with a story about Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera, who was defending the Obama administration a few days before the presidential election in November.

According to Alter's book, Ailes watched Rivera argue with another Fox News host for a few minutes, and then did what any head of a news network could theoretically do -- he ordered the control room to cut off Rivera's microphone.

A new biography on Ailes, which was trashed in a review by the New York Times, also recounted a few colorful moments with the Fox News chief. In Zev Chafets' Roger Ailes: Off Camera, Ailes called Obama "lazy" and Newt Gingrich "a prick." Another book on Ailes, by Gabriel Sherman, is due out January 2014.

UPDATE: Rivera denied that the incident had taken place in a tweet:

(h/t NYMag)



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