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Fox News Head Roger Ailes Offered TV Producer Money for Sex, Says New Book

| by Michael Allen

Fox News often portrays itself as standing for traditional values, but a new book about Fox News head Roger Ailes threatens to tarnish that conservative, family-friendly image.

The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman goes on sale Jan. 21, but was previewed today by the The New York Times.

Before he created Fox News, Ailes worked at NBC News where he allegedly made a sex-for-money offer to a female producer.

The New York Times reports:

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In one anecdote, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Mr. Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Mr. Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.”

A Fox News spokesman claimed that the "charges are false," but added "we have not read the book."

Purported pictures of Harrison were recently posted by EveryJoe.com.

The book also claims that Ailes called Fox News' host Bill O’Reilly “a book salesman with a TV show” and Brian Kilmeade “a soccer coach from Long Island.”

Sherman, who says he interviewed 614 people who know Ailes, claims it was the Fox News head who came up with an attack video against President Obama in 2012:

At the beginning of the general election, a four-minute video criticizing President Obama’s policies was broadcast on “Fox and Friends,” provoking outrage from the left and prompting the network to say publicly that Mr. Ailes had no involvement in its creation.

For his part, Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter that the publisher didn't fact check the book with him, which is not that unusual.

However, Ailes claimed the opposite: "What’s new is that Random House refused to fact check the content with me or Fox News -- that tells you everything you need to know about this book and its agenda."

Sources: The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, EveryJoe.com