Wednesday, December 05, 2012

To avoid further embarrassment Fox News benches Karl Rove. Yeah, like THAT will help!

"You can't send me to the showers I was Bush's brain. Wait, that may not be helping me here."
Courtesy of New York Magazine:  

The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox in the post-election media environment, freshening story lines — and in some cases, changing the characters. According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris. Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. Inside Fox News, Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, according to a source, anchor Megyn Kelly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues what someone had told her: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.” 

A Fox spokesperson confirmed the new booking rules for Rove and Morris, and explained that Shine’s message was “the election’s over.” 

Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove’s election-night tantrum when he disputed the network’s call for Obama.

While I love this, because I like it when the inmates throw spitballs at each other, I don't think it will last very long.

There really is only a small stable of so-called "experts" who are willing to lie their asses off on cable television and become a national laughingstock while doing so.

Both Rove and Morris are shameless self promoters who really don't care about facts and reality. How many other people are there out in the world of conservative punditry that Fox can get to replace them?

Oops did I just make a certain roadkill bewigged crazy person sit up and take notice?


  1. Anonymous7:38 AM

    And they're keeping Sarah Palin? WTF

    1. Anonymous8:21 AM

      The erection Karl Rove gives the old guys is much smaller than the erection Sarah Palin gives the old guys.

    2. Anonymous12:12 PM

      I wish there was a way to give a "thumbs up" on this site....I would give you a big one on that comment.

    3. Anonymous2:36 PM

      Anonymous7:38 AM
      And they're keeping Sarah Palin? WTF


      what makes you say that ?

    4. Anonymous3:35 PM

      @anon 7:38, Missed you, honey. You're always there springing to Sarah's defense. Sarah Palin has been reduced to a joke. But, she is in good company. Fox has plenty of others who say stupid things that are the fodder of the late night comedians.

    5. Anonymous6:18 PM

      @anon 3.35

      Classic IM psycho. Someone writes a pretty obvious anti-Palin comment, but since they weren't literally frothing at the mouth and screeching about her looks or her boring family or being otherwise deranged, you take it upon yourself to declare them a Palin defender, a Palin lover from WAY back! My god, get a grip on reality already. Most of us find IM a good fun blog but don't spend hours a day obsessing over every Palin move and nonsensically screeching about her and her family. Our dislike of all thing Sarah is sufficient. We shouldn't have to meet a 'must be THIS crazy to be accepted as a regular on this blog' standard. Okay?

  2. Anonymous7:41 AM

    They're idiots. How they didn't realize sooner how they are a laughingstock to not only the U.S., but the world. Watching Fox News is like reading those check-out gossip rags, but watching with men in suits and women in professional attire. They crank out the meanest vile spin, with no shame, and constantly choose stories that are meant to put the fear of God in everyone.

    G., you should keep an ear out in case of rumors of equipment being removed from the Palin compound before the New Year.

  3. Anonymous7:43 AM

    Don't jump for joy...just yet. Rove is slick and I predict he'll busy himself with trying to muddy the 2014 midterm elections.
    He's a master manipulator, but the curtain was pulled back on him Nov. 6 for sure.

  4. Anonymous7:58 AM

    This is a calculated move by Faux to see how much outrage/support this shitstain will receive from their dumbass viewers.

    He'll 'return in glory'.

    Paul in Indiana

  5. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Karl Rove is still listed as a FOX On Air Personality, but I do not see Palin on the list...

  6. Anonymous9:08 AM

    How stupid can you be?

    Embracing elements like Sarah, Rove, Rush, Sean, and their ilk is doubling down on self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

    In descending order, the GOP fears DWS, Susan Rice, Hillary, and Elizabeth Warren.

    Believe it or not, any of those four are better than anyone the GOP offers up for sacrifice.

  7. Anonymous9:10 AM

    The best thing that Fox News could do would be to go off the air entirely!

  8. Rove is an OPERATIVE much more than he is a media personality, so this is NOT a big fucking deal. The public doesn't care about him as much as the Fox staff does, and he probably has to lie to Fox people just as much as he does to all of the talking heads. Some of the egg that is on Rove's face was splattered onto other Fox personalities and they're embarrassed, but the truth is that most of them are shills for whatever talking points that are handed down by Roger Ailes via Bill Shine. Rove knows where all of the bodies are buried, so the GOP will never disassociate from Rove entirely while he is alive. He might be 'penalized' with less face time, but 99% of his work is directly with big donors and his contacts, and there are very few go-to guys in the GOP.

    Fox might even 'fire' Rove from the payroll but still allow him to use them as a broadcast base to communicate with the GOP on occasion. It makes no difference to his main function of working with dark money.

    Morris has always been more of a clown act and he's out selling books anyway. He's not a player as much as he is a paid liar and propagandist who will say anything and do anything for a buck. There's no need for Morris to be featured anyway since there's a bit of a lull in the next 12 months or so with the media other than the general themes dictated by Ailes and the rest of the media cabal heads.

    This is Republican theater that is supposed to give a "we're cleaning up our act" message to the critics inside and outside the party. You can bet that Rove will be in the game in the mid-terms in 2014--- perhaps with less of a war chest--- but he will be working with tens of millions of dollars of anonymous donors' money, if not more.

    As slimy as he is, Rove didn't choose Romney, who was a losing candidate from the git-go, and Rove's BS made it closer than it should've been. So he takes the heat and the billionaires who employ Rove can maintain cover. Rove is a mouthpiece and operator on behalf of the cabal of wealthy and powerful individuals who run the Western world and Middle East (including Israel) via goverment officials in Wasington, Tel Aviv, London and Vatican City.

  9. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Question for Karl Rove: how's that "permanent Republican majority" thing working out for you?

    1. Anonymous1:28 PM

      Yeah, Rove did predict that, didn't he? Also, I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh in 2004 proclaim...'drumroll' "Democrats, it's over!" Like that was the end of the Democratic Party forever..
      Don't discount Rove, however. He's gearing up for the 2014 midterms, no doubt. Morris? Meh..
      Look, Rove is the person who reinvented George W. Bush and sold him to the American people as a Reaganite, ranch-owning, brush clearing, honorably serving ex-fighter pilot, born again Christian, when none of that was true. None of it. Fact. Sad to say, but Turd Blossom will be back..

  10. Red drover, red drover
    Send Krover right over (a cliff of silence)

  11. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Gryphen, why are my comments not showing up here anymore? This has been happening since you started asking for the persons Google account first, while still leaving the "Anonymous" choice available. It's when you use the "Anonymous" choice, that your comment is deleted. I hope you see this comment even though it will not show up in your comment section.

  12. Anonymous2:34 PM

    As slimy as he is, Rove didn't choose Romney, who was a losing candidate from the git-go, and Rove's BS made it closer than it should've been. So he takes the heat and the billionaires who employ Rove can maintain cover. Rove is a mouthpiece and operator on behalf of the cabal of wealthy and powerful individuals who run the Western world and Middle East (including Israel) via goverment officials in Wasington, Tel Aviv, London and Vatican City.




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