Thursday, May 23, 2024

Murdoch Knocks Through Wall Separating FoxNews, HarperCollins: Previously Protected Authors May Not Stay


There has always been an unseen wall between Rupert Murdoch’s insanity at Fox News and the genteel world of publishing at Harper Collins books.

That may all change now. Harper Collins has introduced a Fox News imprint at Harper Collins. The first books are from right wingers Pete Hegseth and Shannon Bream. They represent the very fringe edge of Fox News’s daily dance with the truth.

Most Harper Collins authors would never appear on Fox News and certainly not on those shows. So far, over the last couple of decades, Murdoch has managed to keep the crazy away from Harper Collins. But this may be a different story if the books from a Fox News imprint are as untempered as their authors.

For example, Harper Collins has just released a posthumous book by the late beloved Congressman Elijah Cummings with a forward by Nancy Pelosi. I can’t even imagine the things Hegseth and Bream have said on air about Cummings and Pelosi, let alone the entire network of anchors.

Other current Harper Collins authors include Le Bron James, NBC reporter Jacob Soboroff, and Isabelle Allende, no to mention a catalog of authors who would certainly be classified as liberal. And while books by someone like Brett Baier of Fox News come from Harper Collins, they’re not branded as Fox News books or carry that baggage. It will be interesting to see how Harper Collins authors respond to being lumped in with Fox News. 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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