Fox News and its chairman, Roger Ailes, are trying to put on a new face this year, after the old one was embarrassed in its coverage of the 2012 election.
Most memorable was the inability of Karl Rove to accept the fact that Barack Obama won, even after Fox News had called the election.
Ailes has indicated he wants faces associated with the election, off the air, including Karl Rove and Dick Morris. Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has issued orders that producers must get permission before inviting Rove or Morris to appear.
Roger Ailes has a history of unethical behavior, which includes direct contact with Condoleezza Rice, David Petraeus, and Chris Christie regarding an offer of help in future campaigns.
“It’s a perverse sort of dynamic in which the president of a news organization is shielded from revelations of unethical behavior by his long-established record of unethical behavior. And while it’s certainly true that Fox News is first and foremost a political operation, that doesn’t explain entirely why Ailes is free to behave the way he does. The network also has a dysfunctional (one could argue nonexistent) culture of accountability.”
It also appears that part of Ailes’ plan to put a new face on Fox is getting rid of Sarah Palin.In spite of direct messages left with Brian Lewis, Executive Vice President, and Irena Briganti, Group Sr. V.P., I was unable to get direct confirmation of the non-renewal of Palin’s contract. However she has still not appeared this month, and we are half-way through January. Moreover, “Gene” has left a comment indicating that Fox has recently hired Zedediah Bila who seems to be more educated, prettier, and younger than Sarah Palin.
Palin has only posted one article on her Facebook page since January 1st, and that wasn’t about politics.
Palin is Toast!