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Roger Ailes’ Cause of Death Revealed by Medical Examiner

 reports: Ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes died from complications of a head injury, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner said in a report on Thursday.

Ailes “died this morning of complications of a subdural hematoma after he fell at home injuring his head,” said the report. “Hemophilia contributed to his death and his manner of death was accidental. There was no evidence of foul play.”

Ailes died just three days after his 77th birthday. He was a towering figure in the fast-paced business of cable news, but sexual harassment allegations forced him out of Fox News last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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[CHART] How the Media Rigged the Election for Hillary Clinton

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Source: New York Times


‘The Power of Video’

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[VIDEO] Sean Hannity Karate Update #SeanFu

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DRUDGEFOXACALYPSE: Murdochs Push for Ailes to Leave Fox News

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The departure of Mr Ailes could have an impact on the Republican party. Supremely well connected, he has helped shape the Republican agenda for more than a decade. 

Roger Ailes is heading for the exit at Fox News Channel, the influential cable network beloved by American conservatives, with Rupert Murdoch and his sons in agreement that he should leave amid allegations of sexual harassment.

“Three of Fox News’ biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network…”

The timing and terms of the departure of the man who turned Fox News into a media and political powerhouse were unclear on Tuesday evening. Mr Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, the channel’s parent company, and Lachlan, his older son and co-chairman, would prefer to wait until after this week’s Republican convention, two people briefed on the matter told the Financial Times.

James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch’s younger son and chief executive, was pushing for Mr Ailes to go as soon as possible, those people said.

Late on Tuesday, the Drudge Report said that Mr Ailes had left Fox News with a $40m severance package. 21st Century Fox denied the report in a tweeted statement, saying: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

Washington, D.C. - April 21, 2007 -- Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch attend a party prior to the 2007 White House Correspondents Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, April 21, 2007.

“In another blow to Mr Ailes, New York magazine reported on Tuesday that Megyn Kelly, arguably Fox News’ biggest star, told lawyers leading the internal investigation that Mr Ailes had sexually harassed her a decade ago. 21st Century Fox declined to comment on the report and Fox News referred queries to its parent company.”

In 2012, the last year for which Mr Ailes’ pay was disclosed in the company’s proxy filing, he earned a total of $21m, including a $5m salary. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] THE PANTSUIT REPORT: Mark Steyn on Hillary Clinton’s Erased Emails


[VIDEO] WAGE GAP PANIC: Gavin McInnes Gleefully Baits Tamara Holder: ‘Thank U for Making @tamaraholder Head Xplode’

Or, as Ace puts it:

Gavin McInnes, Tamara Holder Have Respectful, Thoughtful Exchange of Ideas on Feminism

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Mediaite gets the vapors:

 writes: Sean Hannity panel tonight exploded when Gavin McInnes argued that many women are miserable because they “put work over family” — a result of modern feminism, he argued.

While debating the gender wage gap, McInnes asserted that women earn less “because they choose to” and are “less ambitious.” Tamara Holder was pretty taken aback, flatly telling her counterpart: “Your comments are absolutely deplorable.” (read more – Mediaite)

Even Fox host Sean Hannity squirmed (and laughed) during Gavin’s gleefully over-the-top rant. HuffPo‘s takedown:

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“Women do earn less in American because they choose to. They would rather go to their daughter’s piano recital than stay all night at work, working on a proposal, so they end up earning less. They’re less ambitious.”

“What?” replied an incredulous Holder.

“This is sort of God’s way — this is nature’s way — of saying women should be at home with the panic-bettykids,” he said. “They’re happier there.”

“If you were a real feminist you would support housewives and see them as the heroes and women who work wasting their time.”

“Why am I sitting here?” Holder asked at one point.

“You’re making a mistake,” he responded. “You would be much happier at home with a husband and children.”

Even host Sean Hannity did a face palm at that comment. “Oh boy,” he said, laughing…(read more)

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Most predictable freakout? Salon. Of course. Fox News should maybe be concerned about Gavin McInnes’ mental stability

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IJReview‘s Mike Miller has this item, with what I believe is the funniest and most accurate headline:

Gavin McInnes Gives a Master Class: How to Troll a Feminist Til She’s Shaking with Rage

During a “Hannity” panel debate about the “gender wage gap” on Thursday night, Fox News regulars Gavin McInnes and Tamara Holder predictably locked horns. Then it went downhill from there. Way downhill…(read more)

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Who the hell is Gavin McInnes?

avatar_151Regular watchers of Fox News late night show Red Eye, and readers of Takimag are familiar with Gavin McInnes’ wicked sense of humor. Browse Takis archives and you’ll see that he’s not afraid to write or say anything.

Here’s his bio at Taki’s. Read the rest of this entry »


Greg Gutfield To Pilot New Weekend Primetime Show For Fox News Channel

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 reports: gut_check

Fox News Channel is developing a new one-hour weekend primetime program to be hosted by Greg Gutfield, who’s being moved off late-night show Red Eye.

Gutfeld will continue to serve as co-host of The Five, airing weekdays at 5 PM ET, and will keep make his weekly appearance on The O’Reilly Factor. During this transition, a variety of rotating guest hosts will substitute host Red Eye. Gutfeld will address his sign-off from the show on tomorrow’s edition of Red Eye, which airs at 3 AM ET.

The pilot will focus on Gutfield’s “strong libertarian values, and social commentary,” the network said, highlighting Gutfield’s “whimsical nature and political satire.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] A Life that Matters: Bret Baier’s Profile of Charles Krauthammer

America’s leading political pundit Charles Krauthammer guards his private life to the degree that, until this recent flush of publicity for his book, many people knew very little about the man. Myself included. Other than his authoritative TV news commentary, and his Washington Post columns. We know he’s former New Deal/Great Society Liberal, Mondale speechwriter, who shifted to the right in the 1980s and ’90s. We know he has a Medical degree from Harvard. And we know he isn’t above throwing a sharp elbow to Republicans who don’t meet his standards of restraint and moderation, branding them as suicidal extremists. Much to the delight of Democrats seeking anti-Republican ammunition from a respected figure on the right.

Most viewers, and half the people that meet him in person for the first time (including Sean Hannity) had no idea Krauthammer is disabled. (I didn’t know until 2012) because of his stoic, FDR-like avoidance of being photographed in a wheelchair. He’s successfully made it a non-issue, and rarely discusses it publicly.

Krauthammer is the originator of the *insert president’s name here* “doctrine” tradition, when he articulated Reagan’s foreign policy agenda–something Reagan himself hadn’t even done–in a 1985 TIME Magazine column, and the tradition stuck. Now every president is required to have a doctrine, as Michael Kinsley dryly notes. (as you’ll see in the video)

Another thing I didn’t know: unlike his peers–who publish stacks of books decade after decade (George Will has at least 12) before the newly-released Things That Matter, Charles Krauthammer published (that I know of) only two: Democratic Realism: An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World (Jan 1, 2004) and Cutting edges: Making sense of the eighties (1985) This book promises to be his most revealing.

Over at the The CornerJonah Goldberg enthusiastically notes that Charles Krauthammer’s new book is currently #1 on Amazon.


DISCONNECTED: Obamacare Operator Fired After Taking Call From Hannity

Hannity To Give Her A Year’s Salary 

On the top of Thursday’s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year’s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.

SEAN HANNITY: Something happened between the time we made that call to you, and now, what happened?

ERLING DAVIS: They fired me from my job.

HANNITY: Because of the phone call, the information that you gave us?

DAVIS: Yes sir.

HANNITY: Tell us what happened.

DAVIS: Okay, the day I received the call from the radio station, I had to go pick up my best friend that night, and then someone was like, ”someone was looking for you.” But, I don’t know who that person is. So I was like, well I’m going to come back in the morning, because I had to go back to work. So the next day I came back and they had, like, two people escort me upstairs to H.R. And then it was three head people and me, we sat down, and I’m like, “why am I up here?” I figured, okay, they wanna talk about the phone call – the incident.

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Drudge: Megyn Kelly to Take Sean Hannitys 9PM Slot

According to the Drudge Report, there is a major shakeup under way at Fox News. For the first time in a decade,  changes are underway in the network’s top-rated primetime schedule.

Afternoon anchor and rising cable news superstar Megyn Kelly is moving into the 9PM hour currently occupied by Sean Hannity.

Hannity hosts one of the top two or three hours in all of cable. So it would be a major surprise if “Hannity” wasn’t moved into another primetime slot.

This post will be updated as new reports come in.

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