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 »
Source: New York Times
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.”
“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 »
Lisa de Moraes reports:
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 »
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.
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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