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Ailes turned down Pawlenty for Fox News gig

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Poor Tim Pawlenty couldn't catch a break if he jumped off the White House roof. He gained no traction in his presidential campaign, dropping out after finishing third in the Iowa straw poll, and now we learn even Fox News wouldn't have him.

In a profile on Roger Ailes for "Newsweek," the Fox News CEO said Pawlenty came to him for a job but Ailes turned him down. "I’m not sure I want to sign you as a paid spokesman for [Mitt] Romney,” Ailes said. Pawlenty endorsed Romney earlier this month.

The article also quotes Ailes on his re-branding of Fox (it's deliberately steering more moderate), describes the inner-workings of a Fox executive meeting and delves into the preparation Fox's anchors went into for the last debate ("Let [Newt Gingrich] be the crazy uncle in the attic if he wants to be," Chris Wallace said before the debate.)

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