Heads continue to roll at Fox News headquarters with the ouster of co-president Bill Shine as the latest piece of collateral damage over swirling accusations of widespread sexual harassment.
Fox’s troubles began during the acrimonious Republican race to capture the party’s nomination and the task of slaying Medusa herself, Hillary Clinton in the general election. It was during this time that the network came to be identified with the establishment anti-Trumpism that led to every dirty trick in the book being used to sink the candidate.
There was the controversy over the savage attack on Mr. Trump by Fox’s blonde bombshell Megyn Kelly during the first debate. One could surmise that the subsequent battles between the Donald and Ms. Kelly changed the trajectory of both of their careers.
Trump ended up in the White House and Kelly got paid by NBC where she can display her killer skills as one of America’s most important journalists by playing footsie with the Kardashians when she debuts for her new employer.
The internal strife at Fox, the raw ambition of owner Rupert Murdoch’s sons and the liberal smear machine all combined to take down the great and powerful Roger Ailes, a GOP media fixture since the days of Richard M. Nixon. Ailes was the driving force behind Fox during the network’s emergence as the conservative powerhouse that it was for years. A flurry of allegations of sexual misconduct led to Ailes’ downfall and his eventual resignation.
With blood in the water, the Murdoch boys along with liberals with axes to grind kept on hacking until they ended up with the head of bombastic Bill O’Reilly mounted upon their trophy wall.
Now as the blood purge reaches the next stage it appears that longtime commentator Sean Hannity may be in the crosshairs and according to some reports, already has one foot out the door.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 2, 2017
The liberal Daily Beast is reporting “Sean Hannity Eyes Fox News Exit, Insiders Say”:
Sean Hannity is looking to leave Fox News, according to sources, following the resignation of Fox News co-president Bill Shine officially on Monday.
Shine was Hannity’s long-time ally whom he personally recommended the network hire two decades ago to produce Hannity & Colmes. In recent days, Hannity warned it would be the “total end” of Fox News should Shine leave, and he rallied conservative activists to back him up.
Initially, insiders said, Hannity’s army of lawyers had hoped to discuss with Fox ways of protecting his 8-year-old primetime show, amid fears that Lachlan and James Murdoch—fresh off the ousting of Bill O’Reilly—were looking to push the network away from hard-right politics.
However, with Shine’s departure on Monday, one source told The Daily Beast, there’s no reason for Hannity to stay.
“The network now belongs to the Murdoch sons,” another Fox insider said after learning that Shine was gone.
While denials have emerged from both the network and the Hannity camp it would be a wise move for the host to get the hell out of Dodge. He already has a popular radio show and has recently been doing some of the best journalism of his career over the Obama regime’s surveillance of President Donald Trump’s transition team and perhaps, other Republicans.
That story is so hot and the potential ramifications so great that it has all but disappeared along with the entire Trump-Russia collaboration hoax. Hannity is a talented and intelligent man and inevitably sees the writing on the wall. Who could blame him for following O’Reilly, Shine and Ailes out the door?
The conservative network will soon be a shadow of its former self and could more resemble MSNBC by the time that the Murdoch boys are done with their transformation project.