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:
Contrary to published accounts no one at Fox News ever either cut my mic or told me what to say But I do advocate cutting Eric Bolling's mic
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) May 6, 2013