Monday, January 18, 2016

Insiders say that Rupert Murdoch is easing Roger Ailes out at Fox News. Is that kind of like they eased Sarah Palin out?

Courtesy of New York Magazine:

According to four high-placed Fox sources, Murdoch is upping his presence at Fox while Ailes has become less visible to anchors and producers, signaling a shift that marks a new chapter in the network’s history. The most visible change is that, since June, Murdoch has been attending Ailes’s daily executive meeting held on the second floor of Fox headquarters. The secretive afternoon gathering in Ailes’s conference room is attended by about a half-dozen of the network’s most senior lieutenants. It’s where some of the most sensitive decisions about running the channel are discussed. 

Meanwhile, Fox hosts and producers tell me Ailes has been a somewhat diminished force at the network. In 2014, he took an extended leave of absence after a health scare. He still has trouble walking and rarely ventures out of his executive suite. A friend who ran into Ailes in Palm Beach over the holidays remarked that he was using a walker. “He seems detached and removed,” one Fox personality tells me. “He’s not around as much,” says another friend of Ailes. “He doesn’t have as many meetings with talent.” 

What this means politically is that during this year’s fractious Republican primary, Fox isn’t functioning like the disciplined campaign it’s historically been. “There's no directive on anything,” one anchor told me. “There used to be directives on everything, and now there's not, which is kind of nice.” By far, the clearest sign of this leadership vacuum is the network’s erratic handling of Trump in the wake of his feud with Megyn Kelly. “There is no Trump strategy,” the source explained.

Well isn't that interesting?

The article goes on to say that Murdoch is no fan of Trump or Cruz and has been pushing the cable channel to be more hostile towards them while attempting talk up the more establishment candidates like Marco Rubio.

Personally I think that the best thing that could happen to Fox News right now would be for Hillary to win the election.

Let's face it NOTHING brings the conservatives together quite like bashing a Clinton.

Update: Oops I forgot to mention that the best thing that could happen to the country is for Fox News to go out of existence altogether. Which, considering how quickly their audience is dying out, might not be completely out of the question. 


  1. Anonymous6:24 AM

    So what? I'd personally like to see Fox go straight down in flames. They're not just conservative, they're dangerous and irresponsible.

  2. Anonymous6:27 AM

    By far, the clearest sign of this leadership vacuum is the network’s erratic handling of Trump in the wake of his feud with Megyn Kelly. “There is no Trump strategy,” the source explained
    So basically they just admitted what we all know, they are not reporting the news, they have strategies to handle the news.

    1. Anonymous6:44 AM

      Exactly what I thought.

    2. Anonymous6:47 AM

      That would be stategies to manipulate the news.

    3. Anonymous8:11 AM

      6:27 Last word should be LIES!

  3. Anonymous6:32 AM

    “He doesn’t have as many meetings with talent.” The only talent at faux news is the talent for lies and stupidity

    1. Anonymous8:43 AM

      Now that Murdoch is dating Jerry Hall, it's doubtful he will pay too much attention to the election himself.

    2. Anonymous9:30 AM

      Try engaged. I must admit my jaw dropped with the eeeewww factor but she always has been a gold digger and I don't find her even remotely attractive.

  4. Anonymous6:34 AM

    Since this is a xtianist network, I hope Ailes rots in hell.

  5. Anonymous6:44 AM

    Are they outing Ailes? We call that the Sarah Palin Curse. Ailes is cloaked with the curse.

    No good comes with Sarah Palin, ask Levi Johnston, John McCain, Dakota Meyer, people of Wasilla and the State of Alaska.

    We keep telling people but nobody listens to us at IM. So don't blame us.

  6. Anonymous6:46 AM

    And meanwhile, Rupert is busy salivating over arm candy Jerry Hall. HOw in the heck she can stomach beign in the same room with im after the vitality of a Jagger. Yeah Yeah $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Still she's now just a whore, no matter the price.

    1. Anonymous6:53 AM

      Both Murdoch and Jagger are double baggers. "Vitality" of Jagger... Please!

    2. It must just be frying the Wasilla Wendigo's ovaries that she wasn't able to bag that old man. Just THINK of all the people she could injure, and all the purses, shoes, wigs, boobs, etc., she could buy! I'm betting she's sobbing in her beer!

    3. Anonymous7:43 AM

      Oh she "can stomach" him 6:46. She swallows..

    4. Anonymous8:45 AM

      HOw in the heck she can stomach beign in the same room with im
      I have wondered how any man could stomach being anywhere close to Hall, the woman is an ignorant anti-female golddigger. She never was hot either, I think Jagger's ego just liked the blind adoration

    5. Anonymous12:36 PM

      didn't a rock and roll song decribe her?
      eww that smell can't you smell that smell?

  7. Anonymous7:24 AM

    @ 6:53 What are you - ten, and totally ignorant of history? Hall was with Jagger in the 80's and 90's. My point was that even today, Mick still has the moves; performing, touring, writing. Murdoch at only a decade older is an old, old, man in thought and physical looks and mannerisms.

    Then again Hall has never desired to be anything other than a narcissistic concubine: “I’ve been very careful not to bring up things that would upset a man,” she said while still involved with Jagger in 1985. “I’ve always felt the man is king of the house and should be amused and treated well.”

    1. Anonymous7:33 AM

      Actually, I am north of fifty. But I've never been a Stones fan and I still think Jagger is a double bagger. Love, 6:53am

    2. Anonymous8:04 AM

      Lets see how Jagger is doing in a decade.

    3. Anonymous11:06 AM

      He already looks like an animated corpse, I doubt he makes it another decade.

  8. Anonymous7:26 AM

    I coulda sworn Murdoch and his kid were headed to JAIL. What happened to that?

    Best thing for the country/world would be for Faux noise to just disappear.

  9. Anonymous7:37 AM

    WayO/T but please take the time to read the Stonekettle Station entry this week (in the Alaska blogroll to the left). I learned quite a bit of military history Miss Anderson forgot to tell us in the 60s.

  10. Anonymous7:39 AM

    “He doesn’t have as many meetings with talent.” That's a good one! Has he ever?

    1. Anonymous8:20 AM

      In TV parlance, "talent' refers to anyone on Megyn Kelly, for instance, or Palin, while she was in their employ. I wonder if all his meetings with the females were private.

  11. Anonymous7:39 AM

  12. Anonymous7:39 AM

    OT-Did anyone see Sean Penn on 60 minutes?
    He QUESTIONed Charlie Rose on Journalism in this country and just what the fuck it is they do any longer?..I applaud him for calling them ALL out..
    Noting you don't have to have a license to be one..

    1. Anonymous8:21 AM

      I've watched Charlie Rose throughout the years and find him very uninteresting. His personality is so bland!

    2. Anonymous8:30 AM

      8:21--Each to their own. I don't really want my journalists to be "personalities" (a la Matt Lauer or Barbara Walters, I suppose.) Charlie is a more measured interviewer and never makes the story about himself. He also doesn't ass-kiss his interviewees as some do. I like that in him.

    3. Anonymous8:38 AM

      Sean Penn is a scumbag and a woman beater.

    4. Anonymous8:48 AM

      I, for one, am sick and tired of the likes of Walters and Lauer. Bring back true investigative journalism and stop the damn pandering.

    5. Anonymous9:29 AM

      Oh God was that interview a trainwreck.

    6. Anonymous11:07 AM

      Penn is running scared since he was blamed for Chapo's re-capture. How long until Chapo's folks take revenge?

  13. Anonymous7:42 AM

    Gryphen are you gonna trot out a few "cousin" posts today or can you not think of anything Earth shattering to make up?

    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      You're barking up the wrong tree 7:42, but I do agree with you that 'cousin' has a good imagination when it comes to 'making up' stuff.

    2. Anonymous8:34 AM

      I can see that the cousin has someone worried enough that they'll go to some effort to discredit the source. Here's a hint, Sarah--the best way to draw attention to something is to point at it and say, "Pay no attention to this!"

    3. Anonymous8:59 AM

      @ 8:34 When cousin tells me something I haven't already read here or could surmise from reading here, let me know. Feel free to start a list...

    4. Anonymous9:08 AM

      7:42/8:27 AM Do you Palinbotd post comments just so that you are the only 2 who agree with them? 'Cousin' is making you trolls nervous.

    5. Anonymous5:03 PM

      MALOE, MyAuntLivesOnEnsure, Cousin says of Willow Palin:

      "She works, like for real works not fake work like Bristol."

      Cousin forgot to mention all the vacations, trips to Hawaii for the fall wedding of
      Aaron and Crystal Loyer and the like.

      Like: Willow Palin Raises Funds for Special Needs and Trig Palin Thrives.

      "The entire family is involved in using Trig as a prop or ignoring the horrendous neglect and abuse."

      Willow did sell her soul to the devil, as do all the Heath-Palins and company.

      She has not said anything new and with no back up to verify, it is mute. A smidgen of entertainment. It is already getting same old shit.

      Cousin may be Willow for all you know....

    6. Anonymous6:09 PM

      Based on all the frenetic push back there has been on this blog to MALOE's comments, I'm guessing that the cousin is very real and telling the truth. Otherwise, there would be no push back, just Alicia carrying on as usual.
      M from MD

  14. Anonymous7:47 AM

    The best thing that you happen to Fox News and the Country is for Bernie Sanders to be elected President. We deserve an honest candidate that is not beholden to Wall Street and Corporations. We deserve someone who is not a war hawk.

    1. Anonymous8:03 AM

      Agreed, but hard to get anything done with a do nothing Congress.

    2. Anonymous9:28 AM

      Plus, there isn't one politician in the U S Congress that hasn't had some kind of funding from Wall Street!

      To include Bernie Sanders who has been there way too long not to have been benefited by them.

      He's no better than Hillary Clinton and I believe Mrs. Clinton will be our next POTUS in spite of the negative we keep hearing from the media.

      Everyone I know is voting for her which are comprised of folks middle aged and seniors.

      We all feel she has the knowledge, abilities, education, experience and years of foreign affairs involvement that have included leadership and negotiation skills.

      None of the people, in both parties, currently interested in being POTUS, have anywhere near the abilities of Mrs. Clinton.

      Better yet, can anyone truly imagine a Donald Trump or Ted Cruz handling the job of POTUS in a responsible manner? I cannot! Both men are pure evil and would not be good for our country or the world!

    3. Anonymous11:32 AM

      The problem I have with Bernie's plans is they depend on taxing the rich and employers.

      Congress hasn't been willing to do this, so how is Bernie going to do it as president?

      Once they close the loopholes in the tax codes for corporation and the filthy rich, then I will be willing to consider voting for Bernie.

    4. Anonymous11:43 AM

      While Bernie might have taken small donations from wall street at some point in his career, he is not taking them this year. Hillary does not dispute that she received $900,000 in speaking fees in one year from Goldman Saks.

      I hope everyone you know is voting for Hilary is enough to elect her. No one that I know if voting for her EVEN if she is the nomimee. I don't find a lot of actual difference between the Clintons and the Repugs. She is good on rhetoric but Clinton policies are bery bad even without the Koch brother funded DLC.

  15. Anonymous7:54 AM

    OT-This is REAL>

  16. Anonymous8:03 AM

    OT-I would have put money down on this bet:

    1. Anonymous12:43 PM

      so that is where Todd is...or was...

    2. Anonymous9:27 PM


  17. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Good news! Matches perfectly with the demise of Sarah Palin!

    1. Anonymous8:34 AM

      Yeah, and her (paraphrasing), "I was shocked when I was fired." How stupid is that narcisstic bitch?

      A year ago this month, her rambling Iowa diatribe ranked right up there with her blood libel rant.

      No one puts baby in a corner? She has been and rightfully so.

    2. Anonymous8:45 AM

      Agreed 8:34. The Iowa word salad was comedy gold for liberals. And even some in right-wing world criticized Palin for her rambling, incoherent 'speech.' I'm wondering also if she's been invited to speak at the annual conservative self love fest, CPAC. Anyone know??

    3. Anonymous9:04 AM

      Wasn't that when she claimed her teleprompter quit, after her incessantly criticizing President Obama for using one?

      If that was one look into her head, and how what she has of a brain works, I'm of the mutually shared belief that she isn't qualified to be a dog catcher.

  18. Dinty8:50 AM

    I'd be careful repeating anything Gabe Sherman reports:

  19. Anonymous8:59 AM

    I hope that Sailor doesn't end up having attitude and behavioral issues like Tripp and Trig seem to have.

    1. Anonymous9:24 AM

      Come on. Not a Palin fan but going after children? You should be ashamed

    2. Anonymous9:37 AM

      If Dakota is the dad Sailor has a chance for some normal life.
      Dakota's grandmother seems like a level headed woman with two feet firmly planted on the ground. As for MALOE she has enough trolls thrashing her to make me believe she's credible.

    3. Anonymous9:38 AM

      Poor little baby doesn't have much of a chance.

    4. Anonymous11:10 AM

      Given the FAS features I'd say her life may be a bit challenging indeed.

    5. Anonymous12:35 PM

      I'm not sure what "behavioral issues" you're accusing Trig of. Certainly Tripp has been a PITA for a large part of his life but I haven't heard anything about him since 2014 and it may be that school has changed his behavior for the better.

      Like Tripp, Sailor will have whatever attitude problems she is raised with. I expect it won't be long before we see little Sailor posing for idiot selfies the same way Tripp and Trig do.

  20. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Donald Trump debate: Ban risks making tycoon a 'martyr'

    .... Paul Flynn said Mr Trump's call to ban Muslims from the US were "extremely dangerous", branding the tycoon "impulsive and not well-informed". ...


    Impulsive and not well-informed?
    Yup that's our village idiot

  21. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Prediction: Ailes is not well but he's hanging in there trying to get his protege Shepard Smith named Managing Editor.

  22. Anonymous12:27 PM

    I don't want the audience to die.

    I don't want Roger Ailes to die

    I want Rupert Murdoch to die.

  23. Anita Winecooler4:10 PM

    With a crowbar and a pair of free flag cowboy boots???

  24. Considering how he ran his newspapers in the U.K. I don't see much difference between Ailes and Murdoch running Faux Noise.


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