Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, in 1940. He has hemophilia, which didn't stop his father from beating him with an electrical cord. A story Ailes has told -- "his Rosebud story," according to Stephen Rosenfeld, who worked with Ailes in the 1970s -- is about a lesson he learned in his bedroom as a boy. His father, holding out his arms, told him to jump off the top bunk and then deliberately failed to catch him, saying "Don't ever trust anybody."
Friday, January 17, 2014
From Jill Lepore's profile of Fox newsman Roger Ailes in the current New Yorker: