Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind Fox News’ slanted reporting, has been removed as CEO of the right-wing news network by Rupert Murdoch and sons, according to New York magazine.
This announcement comes on the heels of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in which she accused the CEO of soliciting a sexual relationship in return for professional favors. After Carlson’s allegations came out upon her leaving the network, scores of other female Fox News staff anonymously came forward to say that they too had witnessed or been the target of Ailes’ behavior.
Ailes maintained Carlson’s lawsuit was “retaliatory” because she was let go from the network after “disappointingly low ratings.”
Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James are in complete agreement that Ailes needs to go, and that the CEO needs to step down or face being fired. But the timing is sensitive due to the start of the Republican National Convention this week. But whether it’s during the RNC or after, the end is the same — Ailes is out!
Attornies at Paul, Weiss are also conducting interviews with former and current staff of Fox News in their law offices now over concerns that “Fox News offices may be bugged.”
Gabriel Sherman from New York magazine says the interviews are part of a wider investigation into Ailes’ management style, writing:
They are also looking into the appropriateness of Ailes’ pressuring employees to speak out on his behalf, against his accusers. For instance, they are focusing on an op-ed written by Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto in which Cavuto called the allegations against Ailes ‘sick.’ As Cavuto is a manager at Fox News (his title is senior VP and managing editor), his comments could be seen as part of a corporate attempt to silence women who would speak out.
21st Century Fox has not yet released a statement or commented at the time of publication.
Now the future of Fox News hangs in the balance. James and Lachlan are said to “be remaking 21st Century Fox at breakneck speed” and removing Ailes’ claws from the news network will certainly make waves.
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