Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable news powerhouse, resigned Thursday amid swirling allegations of sexual harassment.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will be chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Business after Ailes' resignation, which a press release from parent company 21st Century Fox announced was effective today.
“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years," Murdoch said in a statement.
In announcing the news, the statement makes no mention of the allegations around Ailes, but praised his role in founding the network and making it a hub for millions of conservative viewers.
Speaking of those unmentioned allegations, it appears that they are still coming.
It needs to be pointed out that Ailes was all but escorted from the Fox News building on the same day that Donald Trump accepted the nomination as the Republican candidate for President.Lawyer for former Fox anchor Laurie Dhue says she's in process of writing a book that will "candidly discuss" her interactions with Ailes— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016
That is a HUGE thing to have happen.
Not only does Fox News spread the GOP's propaganda for them, Roger Ailes, for all intents and purposes, has shaped the Republican party into his own image.
With him gone it now falls to Rupert Murdoch to continue that legacy.
However Rupert Murdoch is 85 years old. And his children, who will take over completely when he passes, are nowhere near as politically conservative as either he or Ailes.
So the questions that needs to be asked is, how long will Fox News continue to be Fox News. And how can the Republican party survive without it?