In an impromptu meeting with staff workers at Fox News in D.C., Fox News chief Roger Ailes
asked D.C. bureau employees to act like a family and stick together, forcefully urging them all to back off criticism of anyone connected with the network, reports TVNewser.
Ailes addressed the story from Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz that said anonymous sources had told him that Fox staffers were upset about Glenn Beck becoming the face of Fox News. The story’s source was believed to have come from the Washington bureau.
Ailes reportedly told his employees that, "Glenn Beck does his show and that’s his opinion. It’s not the opinion of Fox News and he has a right to say it. We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent."
"I was brought up to defend the family," Ailes added, according to TVNewser. "If I couldn’t defend the family I’d leave. I’d go to another family."