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December 4th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

2011 audio: Fox courts 'Pres. Petraeus'

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on 2011 audio of Fox News chief Roger Ailes' offer to get David Petraeus to run for president.


Filed under: David Petraeus • Fox News • Jim Acosta • Roger Ailes
July 3rd, 2011
09:24 AM ET

Fox News conceived during Nixon years?

Washington (CNN) - The claim is ubiquitous on Fox News Channel: we're "fair and balanced". To many observers, that's a way of saying Fox is a conservative foil to what some believe is the liberal-leaning mainstream news media. Was there a blueprint for Fox News Channel in the early days of the Nixon administration?

A fascinating document from the early-1970s, obtained by CNN from the Nixon Presidential Library, is entitled "A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News." The memo openly says it's an idea to avoid "the censorship, the priorities and the prejudices of network news selectors and disseminators." The stated goal: "To provide pro-Administration, videotape, hard news actualities to the major cities of the United States."

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