After the ouster of CEO Roger Ailes and now Bill O’Reilly, Fox News is reportedly set to take a turn to the left almost immediately under the “leadership” of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, who apparently seeks to create a globalist network and turn away from the conservatism that catapulted the network to the number one spot.
What’s happening? According to Michael Wolff in The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News is James Murdoch’s project now, and he wants to make the network an “ultimate global news brand” that will appeal to establishment-style elites.
So the opposite of what made it the number-one cable news network. That sounds par for the course in leftist land, which celebrates rejecting reality and failure.
It’s all about what it looks like. Wolff wrote:
After The New York Times wrote about the sexual harassment claims leveled at Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and the settlements made by the company and O’Reilly himself, James Murdoch, according to 21st Century Fox sources, kept repeating with horror to his friends and executives: “This is on the front page of The New York Times!”
These sources say James Murdoch’s longtime annoyance if not disgust with Fox News became cold fury after the Times‘ April 1 story — even though several of the O’Reilly settlements had happened when James was CEO of the parent company. This was a similar reaction to what had followed the harassment suit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in July. Every time Fox controversies spilled over into the wider world, James took it personally. “It was somehow against him,” says one person close to the Murdochs.
James Murdoch’s elitism and foolishness. Wolff wrote, “Fox News is a business he should not be in, he had told people before, despite its major contribution to 21st Century Fox’s bottom line — 20 percent of its profits came from Fox News last year, the biggest-earning division in the company.”
“Presumably, he meant the in-your-face world of conservative cable news with its mega personalities. Indeed, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.”
But I’m sure he cashed the checks, and was only embarrassed, of course, when it was on the front page of leftist rags.
What does this mean? It appears, if this report is true, that James Murdoch is a typical regressive leftist that is more concerned with how things look and wants to go by the same playbook that the Democrats found out the American people were fed up with in 2016.
Fox News catapulted to the top because they provided somewhat of a counter-balance to the left-wing mainstream media.
Wolff wrote, “If the expulsion of Ailes, and, even more dramatically, O’Reilly, mean anything, it means most of all that James is in charge. And, most immediately, this means that Fox News, that constant irritant in James’ view of himself as a progressive and visionary television executive, will begin to change. Virtually overnight.”
As Wolff wrote, “Murdoch media, in an age of populist disruption, will stand for the established world order.”
It’s not terribly surprising, as Fox News wasn’t too warm toward Donald Trump during the election, and it has become clear for some time that the Murdochs weren’t too keen about the unwashed masses having a voice.
It was notable that when Ann Coulter began speaking about illegal immigration extensively, all of a sudden she didn’t seem to appear as much on the cable giant — until Tucker Carlson’s hiring.
Speaking of which, it will be interesting to see how long his show lasts, as Carlson’s anti-globalist position will surely be at odds with the new order.
We’ll see how this all shakes out, but it sure screams of an entitled, spoiled leftist elite who, after having everything handed to him, has no clue but is going to tell the rest of us how things should be and what we should think.
And if that’s the case, he may well find out the hard way that Fox’s viewers will turn to other sources for their news, and leave his globalist outlet in the dust. Or that perhaps another conservative outlet will spring up in its place…