The ousting of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News is about more than sexual harassment claims against the supercilious host of the O’Reilly Factor. It’s a signal the network is embarking on a leftward lurch.
Rupert Murdoch’s son James has emerged as the chief decision-maker in the Fox orbit as he led the effort to oust Roger Ailes last July – over the objections of his father, and brother Lachlan’s ambivalence – and now the ousting of the show’s most popular host.
Despite Fox News’ status as the cash cow for 21st Century Fox, the leftist James Murdoch is said to have held the channel in some contempt and wanted to push it toward a model much like the Murdoch-owned Sky TV in Britain. According to Hollywood Reporter, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.
Undoubtedly, James prefers the company of those with whom his wife associates. Kathryn Murdoch works for the Clinton Climate Initiative. Her twitter feed contains a host of anti-Trump tweets.
I’m no fan of Fox News, which is the propaganda arm of the GOP establishment and pushes for more wars and scaremongers over Islamic terrorism.
O’Reilly was no conservative in word or deed, and I found him condescending and off-putting. But he was popular among the Republican rank-and-file and his show was No. 1 in the ratings, so it’s obvious that more than just sexual harassment claims brought him down.
Look for the insipid Sean Hannity to be next on James Murdoch’s hit list.