Reporter Behind Fox News Expose: I’m Totally Over Laura Ingraham Stealing My Boyfriend

“I got the dog and she got the guy, and I kind of think I got the better end of the deal.”

New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer last week published an explosive investigation that she said proves Fox News is now “an arm of the White House.”

However, in a National Public Radio interview about the report, Mayer acknowledged that she has her own ties to the conservative TV network.

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As “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross pointed out, a recent women’s magazine profile of Mayer revealed that in the earl ’90s, her boyfriend left her for Laura Ingraham. According to the article, Mayer returned from a reporting trip to find that the lawyer she had been living with had started dating the now-Fox News host.

The new couple refused to return Mayer’s dog, the article said, so Mayer and her friend Jill Abramson, who went on to become executive editor of The New York Times, broke into their house and abducted the pet.

“The fact that you’re reporting on her now, and you’re reporting on Fox News, just makes my head spin,” Gross said, laughing.

Mayer seemed to anticipate the question and was quick to downplay being spurned in favor of Ingraham.

“It was I think something like 30 years ago, and I’ve been happily married for I think 26 [years] ever since – to somebody else,” she said. “So yeah, it was ancient history, and I mean, I have to say, it was a situation where I got the dog and she got the guy, and I kind of think I got the better end of the deal.”

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Mayer added that she had mostly left Ingraham out of the article about Fox News “given that history.” Ingraham’s name only appears twice in the lengthy magazine story, she noted.

However, the mentions are not flattering. Ingraham is cited as an example of Fox New’s falling evening ratings and of the network’s repeated attacks on federal law enforcement investigations of President Donald Trump.

Ingraham aside, the three biggest revelations and allegations in Mayer’s article are: that Fox News owner and now-chairman Rupert Murdoch quashed the Stormy Daniels story ahead of the 2016 election to help Trump win; that then-Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes leaked debate questions to Trump; and that the president later tried to block the merger between Time Warner and CNN, a Fox News competitor.

Mayer has reported bad news for conservatives before. During Brett Kavanaugh’s circus-like Supreme Court confirmation hearings last year, she broke the accusations of youthful sexual misconduct against the judge by both Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

The veteran investigative reporter also cowrote a 1994 book with Abramson about Justice Clarence Thomas’ 1991 confirmation hearings, during which Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment.

Asked by Gross about the Kavanaugh and Thomas’ affect on the court, Mayer said: “The problem is it so undercuts the credibility and the prestige of the Supreme Court to have these questions unanswered the way they were.”

“There really is doubt hanging over two of the judges on the court,” she said. “My feeling as a reporter, someone who’s just out here trying to figure out what the truth is every day, my feeling is over time, the truth comes out.”

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