O’Reilly’s Replacement Named in Fox News Shakeup

It’s official: veteran Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is out at the cable news giant amid a sexual assault allegation scandal. Many people wondered how the network would fill the shoes of the long-time top rated host, and now we have an answer — Fox News has announced that Tucker Carlson will move from 9 PM to O’Reilly’s now vacated 8 PM slot.

The shakeup. There’s a lot of change coming to Fox News, as shown below, but the gist is that Carlson is in at 8 PM, “The Five” moves to 9 PM, and Sean Hannity remains at 10 PM.

O’Reilly’s ouster. Take a look at this statement from the network.

The network also sent out an internal memo to employees in which they wrote that O’Reilly was “one of the most accomplished TV personalities in cable news,” and that Fox will continue to be a cable news “powerhouse.”

The supposed reasoning for the ouster. The internal memo concluded, “Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect,” followed by signatures from Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James.

What does this mean? Well, I would have loved an extra hour of Tucker Carlson instead, or maybe even Lou Dobbs, but such is life.

Anyway, what I would hope it means is that the Murdochs had proof that O’Reilly actually did the things he has been accused of. If they don’t, they just caved in to a massive left-wing push to oust a prominent right-leaning figure. That’s a problem.

It also means that, in my opinion, Fox needs to find a way — depending on what is legally possible — to either show the evidence or make it clear that they do in fact have it, even if they can’t show it.

Moreover, they should also explain when they got their hands on said evidence, and if it wasn’t very recently, why they only fired O’Reilly when the left-wing media got on their case.

We’ll see how Fox handles this and whether or not it matters one way or another to the viewers.

That said, there’s more at stake here than just viewership. This is about whether or not conservative or right-leaning outlets and individuals are going to be pushed around by left-wing witch hunts — because right now, that’s what this looks like.

Until we find out otherwise, the message that’s being sent is that all left-wingers have to do is make some accusations, exploit accusations, make things up, exert pressure, and shout opposition down, and conservative scalps can be had.

While this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last, O’Reilly’s firing sets a huge precedent if he was ousted based on pressure from the left rather than the truth.

Hopefully we find out soon what the truth really is here …

H/T Townhall