Report: Fox News chief Roger Ailes told exec to lie on Bernard Kerik

The Associated Press
Friday, February 25, 2011; 1:48 PM

NEW YORK -- According to documents in a court case, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes told a former publishing executive to lie to federal investigators vetting ex-New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik for a Cabinet post in 2004.

The New York Times reported Friday that former lawyers for ex-publisher Judith Regan said in sworn statements that Ailes and Regan had a taped conversation about Kerik. Regan had previously said a senior executive at Fox parent News Corp. advised her to lie about the now-imprisoned Kerik.

News Corp. says Regan has already said in a letter that Ailes "did not intend to influence her with respect to a government investigation." The company wouldn't provide the letter. Regan declined to comment through her lawyer.

Some statements by her ex-lawyers have been removed from the public file.

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