Gawker Editor Says Roger Ailes Had Him Tailed

Gawker editor John Cook told Capital in an article published Monday that Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes had him tailed in 2012.

According to Cook, a former Fox News executive told him last summer that Ailes had hired someone to follow Cook. The former executive knew that Cook took his children to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for picnic lunches.

Cook also said that the former executive told him that Ailes had also had Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan tailed.

“Roger Ailes is a vindictive paranoid maniac,” Cook told Capital, “and I’m glad that he wasted either his own personal funds or the funds of News Corp. shareholders by sending people on a wild goose chase to watch me have fun with my family in the park.”

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