Johnny Dollar Outed As Roger Ailes Operative?


Mark Koldys before he started using his powers for evil

In the annals of malevolent human malignancy, there are few people who can measure up to Mark Koldys, whose evil lair on the interwebs is called Johnny Dollar’s Place.

Longtime readers of the Not Now Silly saga are already aware of my long history with this piece of human excrement. However, new readers will naturally be in the dark. Bottom line: Dollar is so important to the NNS Newsroom that he has his its own rubric in the menu at the top of every page here: The J$ Wars.

Feel free to read through the many chapters at your leisure, but for now it’s enough to know that I came under a relentless, years-long, cyber-bullying attack from Johnny Dollar and his merry band of sycophants merely because I wrote Fox “News” criticism and — GET THIS! — they thought Fox was worthy of defending.

I have always threatened to turn this into a book. To that end, in 2015 I approached Mark Koldys to sit down for an interview in which we could kick shit around and I could realize the final chapter of a book called The Johnny Dollar Wars. Most of it’s written already. [See above.] I tried every method I had to contact Koldys, including his brother who I’ve exchanged pleasantries with a few times over the years. I couldn’t get Dollar to cooperate and I lost interest in making it into a book.

But, I digress.

I have long believed that Mark Koldys was employed to perform his mischief by the Fox “News” Channel, mostly because that’s what was alleged in David Folkenflik’s 2013 book Murdoch’s World. However, we may have all gotten it wrong. It now appears that Johnny Dollar was hired by the now disgraced Roger Ailes to attack and smear me, among many other people. This according to a new article at Salon. In Roger Ailes’ fake news empire: Former Fox News head presided over a panoply of phony “sock puppet” blogs, Matthew Sheffield writes:

In addition to operating The Cable Game, the Fox News black ops team also began subsidizing the work of a Michigan lawyer turned blogger named Mark Koldys, known online as Johnny Dollar, according to a source.

Koldys, who did not respond to an interview request, has defended Fox News and attacked its left-leaning critics online for many years. He began in July of 2004 with a blog called Johnny Dollar’s Place: Cable News Truth, whose first posts were dedicated to attacking an anti-Fox News documentary called “Outfoxed.” The site was frequently promoted on The Cable Game.

Besides writing for his own site (which still publishes material but apparently is no longer subsidized by Fox News), Koldys also frequently wrote for a now-defunct blog called OlbermannWatch, a site set up in late 2004 to criticize and parody former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. The creator of that site, Robert Cox, said in an interview that Koldys denied being paid by Fox News at the time. Cox further added that he had not been paid by Fox News.

The Fox News spokeswoman said that Koldys had not been paid by the network to the best of her knowledge. A legal representative for Ailes did not respond when contacted for this story.

Updated at 11:21 a.m. ET: This story has been updated to clarify Fox News Channel’s position on its relationship to Mark Koldys.

For once I’m going to believe a Fox spokesperson. [I hope this doesn’t become a habit.] Sheffield’s article makes a good case that it was Roger Ailes — fired with a $40 million parachute for sexually harassing women — who ran this illegal and reprehensible black box operation, and not Rupert Murdoch or the Fox “News” Channel.

Regardless of who paid him, Koldys used his knowledge of the law as a former-Michigan prosecutor to skirt around libel and slander laws, while still keeping to the mercenary mission of attacking and smearing anyone who had the temerity to criticize that laughable Fox “News” Channel.

Currently the New York State Attorney’s Office is investigating the secret payoffs from Fox “News” to the various woman harassed by Ailes and by Loofah Lad, aka The Falafel King. It is trying to determine whether Fox “News” shareholders were defrauded by these secret payoffs that have only recently come to light. Maybe while they’re at it, they can look into whether Mark Koldys was paid from Roger Ailes’ secret slush funds to make my life miserable for all of those years.


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Headly Westerfield
Calling himself “A liberally progressive, sarcastically cynical, iconoclastic polymath,” Headly Westerfield has been a professional writer all his adult life.