As reported by the Guardian, when asked back in June if he shares the network’s Conservative views, James Murdoch son of Rupert Murdoch responded, “I don’t let my politics get involved in my business.”
How’s that and why is it important?
Earlier this summer James Murdoch, now chief executive took over the helm along with his brother, Lachlan Murdoch, co-executive chairman and father, Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox media corporation[i].
According to reports, Roger Ailes had just signed a new multi-year contract with 21st Century Fox as “chairman and chief executive of Fox News and Fox Business Network and chairman of Fox Television Studios” reporting to “all three Murdochs” in spite of Ailes statement that he would continue to report directly to Rupert M.
Pursuant to a report by New York Magazine, within days of the Ailes announcement, which allegedly caught Rupert Murdoch off guard, came a new statement that Ailes would, in fact report to all three Murdochs signaling change for Fox News, possibly turn to the left?
Is the change along with the unstable history between Ailes and Murdoch’s sons an indicator that Ailes on his way out?
…This week, for the first time, there are signs that this remarkable era may be entering its twilight. Yesterday, 21st Century Fox announced that Ailes would be reporting to Lachlan and James Murdoch. For Ailes, it was a stinging smack-down and effectively a demotion….
What makes the reversal most remarkable is that, until now, Rupert always backed Ailes during his messy feuds with Murdoch’s children. Ailes’s tangles with Lachlan were legion….
As pointed out by Jerry A. Kane over at Canada Free Press:
To say that Ailes and Murdoch’s son James have a strained relationship would be a bit of an understatement. James, whose wife once worked for the Clinton Foundation, is a rabid environmentalist who led the campaign to make News Corp a carbon-neutral company. Conversely, Ailes is a “fierce climate-change denier,” who allegedly has called James a “f@#$%!g dope” and “Fredo.”
Ailes was not notified of the management change in advance. Apparently, Murdoch has been convinced that Fox News will continue do well without Ailes at the helm. Last year Ailes took a leave of absence due to an illness, and the network’s ratings didn’t slide….
For Fox viewers the slow shift in tone has been obvious for a while now, the latest of which was last week’s Republican Party debate hosted by Fox News, which knocked many of the regular viewers off their footing. However, it was not the imagination of conspiracy theorists at work.
It was an obvious planned hit to destroy Trump’s candidacy, a failed bread-and-circus show that left viewers with nothing substantive but a foul taste in their mouths. Cyberspace erupted with “disappointing, disgusting, embarrassing, appalling, shocking, and shameful.”
While I consider myself vindicated, one must acknowledge that love Fox or hate it, this sounds like the end of an era.
H/t S. Noble, Independent Sentinel.