The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.
Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.
According to sources, Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move.
The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned. According to one source, Lachlan Murdoch’s wife helped convince her husband that O’Reilly needed to go, which moved Lachlan into James’s corner. The source added that senior executives at other divisions within the Murdoch empire have complained that if O’Reilly’s allegations had happened to anyone else at their companies, that person would be gone already.
Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.
Bashar Al-Assad. By no means a perfect leader but not the devil the western media is making him out to be. Those who don’t like this man need to wake up and smell the coffee. He never caused chemical attacks on his people. You believe that cause the news is your only source of information. Fox News and BBC News are polluting your mind. Your quick to blame Assad for the attacks. Maybe ISIS or maybe even Syrian Rebels did the attacks. Please expand your research. .
By Rick Wells
If you work for CNN, NBC, NYT or any of the mainstream media propagandists and base a story upon anonymous sources, three of them, which are credible, you’d be considered to have a reliable basis for reporting the story. If you’re a conservative or worse, a libertarian, and you work for Fox you get put in the doghouse with a full bowl and water with a instructions to listen for the whistle, they’ll call you some day.
Andrew Napolitano has been too honest before, losing his own show on Fox after broadcasting his “What if you were silenced” video on his Freedom Watch program. Two other programs were cancelled at the same time, perhaps for cover, perhaps for ratings as the network claims.
Now he’s been put out to pasture for his report that cited three intelligence sources as having confirmed that British Intelligence, GCHQ, had done the dirty work for Obama. The report alleges they were spying on President Trump while he was still a candidate and after the election, secretly funneling Obama the info in order to keep him out of the loop of blame and scrutiny.
We all know about Obama’s legendary honesty, the story about him saying “I cannot tell a lie” and admitting he had chopped down the marijuana plant is just one example. He would never target political enemies and would never lie to the American people. If he says he didn’t spy on President Trump, we have to take him at this word.
The LA Times reported that people familiar with the situation [more anonymous sources but it’s a liberal paper so it’s fine], who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said Judge Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox airwaves any time soon. In their report they fault Napolitano for saying the British “Government Communications Headquarters, ‘most likely’ provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls.” He also wrote in a column for FoxNews.com, “By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.”
Of course it’s a difficult charge to prove, as the White House is finding out. Thats particularly true when the entire intelligence community is working against you, as well as the bulk of the media and the globalist ownership at Fox. Naturally, the British spy agency has denied the claims, saying they are “utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.” But it’s early, leaks happen, and they can happen to benefit the President as well.
Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday but the LA times noted that the judge was conspicuously absent from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. That is the type of event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on air since Thursday.
Judge Napolitano did not crawl into the doghouse with his tail between his legs. A statement he authored was read on Sunday’s “MediaBuzz” program in which Judge Napolitano defended his comments. He said he “reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me.”
Interestingly, during Comey’s testimony on Monday in House Intelligence Committee hearings, he stated that Obama would never make such a request to GCHQ because it would be “expressly against the construct” of intelligence agreements between the U.S. and its allies.”
Tell us, Director Comey, why a criminal illegal alien who squatted for eight years in our White House, who tramples upon the Constitution every chance he gets, would care about an intelligence agreement between different factions of the White Infidel power structure. And how is it that you know what he would or would not do, what is taking place in the septic tank between his ears? Maybe it doesn’t matter, we know Democrats and their operatives will say or do anything as long as it benefits them politically.
By Neil Munro
Swing-voting independents are twice as likely to trust President Donald Trump’s administration than to trust the media, according to a new poll by Fox News.
The lopsided 52 percent to 26 percent trust in Trump is hidden in the crosstabs of the poll, which was released Feb. 17. Overall, by a narrow margin of 45 percent to 42 percent, Americans think Trump is more likely to tell the truth than are reporters.
But that topline result is skewed by sharply skewed partisan opinions. Only 8 percent of Democratic voters trust Trump more than reporters, and only 9 percent of Republican voters trust the media reporters more than Trump.
So the 52 percent pro-Trump to 26 percent pro-media attitudes among independent-minded swing voters push the final result into Trump’s favor — and also give him a political and electoral advantage as the left-leaning established media repeatedly slams Trump, his deputies and his popular policies, such as curbs on immigration.
Those February 2017 numbers show a huge shift from past polls when the public trusted politicians much less than journalists.
In a June 2006 poll cited by Fox, 5 percent of respondents said they have more trust in government officials, 40 percent said they more trust in journalists and 26 percent said they trusted neither.
In an October 1997 poll cited by Fox, only 6 percent of respondents said they trusted politicians more than journalists, 61 percent said they trusted journalists more than politicians, and 20 percent said they trusted neither.
So the 2017 numbers show journalists have lost one-third of their trust level, or 19 points, from the 1997 level of 61 percent to the 2017 level of 42 percent.
The Fox news poll is validated by a recent poll from Emerson College.
The poll also shows that the public believes the media is far tougher on Trump than it was on President Barack Obama. Sixty-eight percent of the respondents told Fox News that the media has been tougher on Trump compared to Obama, while only 18 percent believe they have been easier on Trump. Twelve percent said they were treated equally.
Still, despite the skepticism towards the media, a solid majority of Americans want the media to push Trump hard. Fifty-five percent say the media should “cover the president aggressively,” while 38 percent say the president should be given the benefit of the doubt.
The telephone poll of 1,013 registered voters was conducted Feb. 11 to Feb. 13.