Several years ago, during the early days of the 2014 primary season, I was scheduled to be on Fox News and the hit got cancelled. That, in and of itself, was not unusual. What happened next was. And it is somewhat relevant to this piece circulating from the New York Post about Mitch McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao.
Roger Ailes had Bill Shine reach out before he himself reached out. Roger had a problem and the only way he could resolve the problem was to take me off the air. Elaine Chao was on the Newscorp board of directors and, according to Roger, Elaine was "riding [his] ass" about me being on Fox. I was supporting Matt Bevin in the 2014 Republican primary in Kentucky against McConnell. And it didn't matter why I was on television and on what topics I was or was not talking, Chao had told Roger I was an unwelcome presence on Fox and not a team player. Roger had not only told me, but conveyed to my boss at RedState that I was becoming a problem for him with Elaine.
Roger felt the need to apologize, but told me that as long as I was writing about McConnell at RedState that I would find my appearances on Fox limited. I kept writing about McConnell. To his credit, Roger later called me and said he appreciated that I was willing to give up air time to keep doing what I believed in. He said most people would have shut up to be on TV.
Still, it was an unusual thing. At CNN, numerous Republicans and some Democrats had complained about me being on TV. But no one ever got me taken off air. I had long dismissed the idea that Fox really was tied in some way to the GOP. But the wife of the Senate GOP leader was able to get the head of a TV network to take me off air for writing about her husband at an unrelated website.