Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Good for What Ailes You

The New York Times reports Roger Ailes and 21st Century Fox are in the advanced stages of discussions that would lead to the departure of Mr. Ailes as chairman of Fox News Channel. The development follows by less than two weeks a sexual harassment suit filed against Mr. Ailes by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson. The suit prompted 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s corporate parent, to conduct an internal review during which Fox star Megyn Kelly reportedly confirmed that she too has been subjected to unwanted advances by the network chief. Since then, Mr. Ailes’s future at Fox News has been the subject of intense speculation, which increased on Monday with a report from New York magazine that the executives leading 21st Century Fox — Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan — had determined that Mr. Ailes must go. Fox initially confirmed that Ailes was receiving a $40 million golden parachute, then walked back the confirmation. (The network's lap dog, Matt Drudge, spent the day posting and deleting information about the story, including a scan of the separation agreement!) Something tells me Ailes will be just fine -- and that work as an Alfred Hitchcock impersonator will come fast and furious.

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