If Roger Ailes believes in anything, it's the counterattack.
When you're accused, losing, wounded, bleeding - hit back hard. Go for the jugular.
That philosophy - actually, a whole way of life - is surely what's behind a letter sent a few days ago to New York magazine from one Charles Harder, on behalf of the deposed Fox News founder, suggesting that a defamation action may be coming.
Harder is the high-profile Hollywood lawyer behind the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that, in effect, put Gawker out of business last month. He's the same lawyer representing Melania Trump in her assertions that publications defamed her when they reported that she once was associated with an escort service; one of those publications took down its story after the threats.
And so, when a letter arrives from Charles Harder, it sends a loud message: Stop messing with my client, or else.
Or else what? Well, in the post-Gawker era, the suggestion is this: Or else we'll come after you so hard, and with such deep pockets, that you'll have to fold.