Monday, May 20, 2024

Fox News Falls, Drudge Reports Ailes Ouster Complete with $40 Mil Payout, Era of Conservative TV News May Be Over


WITH UPDATES: Drudge has walked back the complete ouster, and included a defense of Ailes in regard to Kelly. But now you have the star of the network with an accusation against Ailes. That climate can’t last very long…


ORIGINALLY You may not realize this but 20 years ago, there was no partisan TV News. Roger Ailes introduced conservative  edge reporting to cable news and put Fox News on the map. He had Rupert Murdoch driving the car, no expense spared.

But now the Drudge Report is saying Roger Ailes has been ousted. Murdoch’s liberal leaning sons didn’t like him. Their former brother in law derided Ailes to the New York Times. Last week, Newt Gingrich left Fox News like a rat jumping ship. He knew the end was near. That’s why he’s Newt. He didn’t leave to be vetted for the Vice Presidency, trust me.

With Ailes out, the era of conservative TV news may be over. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity may suddenly find themselves in uncharted territory. Megyn Kelly carried the brothers’ water. She is the new star.

Will Fox suddenly become actually fair and balanced? This would be such a sea change in their process, half the staff would have to go. I’m just waiting for Brian Kilmeade to break down on air and declare his love for Hillary.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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