Fired Fox News Exec Threatens To Fight Ailes And Co.
rian Lewis, the former chief lieutenant to Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, will apparently not be making a quiet exit from the company as he first indicated. Fired last week for cause because of what the company described as financial irregularities and multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract, Lewis at first exited after issuing a statement praising Ailes and his conservative news network. (I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News, he said at the time.) But on Tuesday lawyer Judd Burstein, indicated that he had been hired by Lewis to take legal action against Lewis's former employer. Two things are very clear to me, Burstein said in a statement. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp (sic) or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis. (Fox News is now part of Murdoch's 21st Century Fox company, not News Corp., his newspaper and publishing business.)