Saturday, May 18, 2024

Fox News Palace Coup Thwarted by Rupert Murdoch Who Names 2 Lieutenants as Co-Chiefs– Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss


The Fox News palace coup by James and Lachlan Murdoch is over. The boys have lost. Rupert Murdoch has named two of his lieutenants, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, co-chiefs of Fox News.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

With Roger Ailes ousted, James and Lachlan looked like they might take over Fox News and clean house. A week ago, one source of mine said, “The whole second floor could go.”

Alas, just as in other countries ruled by despots, Fox News has stood back a revolution. Nothing will change. The people who were running the network under Ailes continue to run the network without Ailes. Everyone stays in place including the oft-mentioned Dianne Brandi, Ailes’s corporate lawyer. The people who know where the bodies were buried will keep running the cemetery.

New York Magazine’s intrepid Gabriel Sherman, meantime, points out that when Lachlan Murdoch was removed from his old job by Ailes running Fox TV stations in 2005, it was Abernethy who succeeded him. So Rupert, who we thought was drowsy from a long honeymoon with Mick Jagger’s ex, Jerry Hall, has rebuked his own kid again.

Wait til that Thanksgiving dinner!

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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