Report: Murdoch Son 'Horrified by Potential Trump Presidency' Forced Out Roger AilesChris Menahan
Jul. 23, 2016
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Roger Ailes was reportedly forced out of Fox News by Rupert Murdoch's Trump-hating son.
Gabriel Sherman, whom Slate describes as "the nation's foremost Fox News beat reporter," yesterday told Slate: "James Murdoch is, by my reporting, extremely turned off and horrified by the concept of a Trump presidency, and he sees the politics of the right-wing populism fueled by Fox News as a catalyst that allowed Trump to become the Republican nominee. He's been wanting to get Ailes out."
Gretchen Carlson's post-firing "sexual harassment" suit was the perfect excuse. Ailes, despite supporting Megyn Kelly, is said to be friends with Trump and talk to him regularly. Now, he's been forced out at Fox News by Rupert Murdoch's hyper-leftist son just some three months before the election.
From Isaac Chotiner's interview with Gabriel Sherman in Slate:
Isaac Chotiner: Was the decision to force Ailes out one that caused a significant dispute within the Murdoch family?
IC: How much of this was Rupert losing a debate with his sons, and how much of it was him getting older and stepping aside a bit?You can forget the phony coup in Turkey, this was a coup staged here in America at the country's most powerful right-wing news organization just months before the election.
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