After long-time Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was fired from the network this week amid sexual harassment allegations — and previously, CEO Roger Ailes’ was ousted for similar reasons — it has been reported that the cable news giant (for now) may not be done with the axe.
Who might be out next? According to The New York Times, Sean Hannity may be the next to be pushed out of the network as the Murdoch family apparently wants to change direction — from what made them popular in the first place …
The Washington Examiner reported:
A New York Times reporter suggested Thursday that conservative TV host Sean Hannity could be the next Fox News host to be pressured to leave the network, after Bill O’Reilly’s stunning departure from Fox in the wake of sexual harassment claims.
On MSNBC, Times reporter Jeremy Peters noted a 2010 report about Fox that included a quote that said some within the Murdoch family were unhappy with the way the network was being run. Rupert Murdoch and his two sons are the top executives of the corporation that owns Fox.
“I think you have to look at somebody like Sean Hannity,” Peters said, “and question whether or not his almost propaganda-like attitude and programming every night is going to be acceptable in the minds of the family which is clearly trying to shift the network in another direction.”
Why Hannity? Well, we’ve discussed here before at TFPP that Rupert Murdoch’s sons Lachlan and James have reportedly been characterized as having a globalist bent, and Hannity’s program certainly doesn’t fit with the new direction they would likely take the network in.
Hannity, who has long called himself a commentator, not a journalist, is open about his political leanings and support for the president. Still, according to The Examiner, his support for the president may not be something Fox wants going forward.
What this means. If it’s true, it seems like Fox News might be forgetting what made them popular in the first place — they were the conservative/right-leaning answer to the massive left-wing bias in the rest of the media.
Since the vast majority of the media is opposed to Trump, it seems odd to have a conniption fit, if that’s the case, over a popular host openly supporting the president. It also seems odd for it to be a problem because Hannity doesn’t criticize the president much since, as I noted, the rest of the media is so massively biased and in Hannity’s case, unlike the left-wing media fake newsers, he’s completely honest about where he’s coming from.
It seemed like, with the hiring of Tucker Carlson, Fox News understood where their bread was buttered, but if this report is true, the Murdochs want to try and be a part of the club of leftist media elites that have been outed as fake news, Democrat propagandists.
If they do that, it will be very interesting to see how viewers respond and whether or not they continue to be a cable news giant — especially with the numerous other options people have today to get their news on the internet…
From sources like The Federalist Papers Project.