I was all set to go off on a riff about the appointment of a special prosecutor re: Trump/Russia investigation, but that has been “trumped” today by the news that embattled former Fox News boss Roger Ailes has died.
It seems the Drudge Report broke the news before Fox News did, which some people find sort of interesting. Anyway, it surely is a sad ending.
News broke that Roger Ailes was negotiating his exit from the Fox empire, with the news reported on outlets such as Drudge and the New York Post. This is more fallout from those sexual harassment allegations against him — there’s now even a story circulating in New York mag about how Megyn Kelly was allegedly harassed, too. The exit package is said to be worth millions of dollars.
While these reports were circulating, Fox put out a statement saying Ailes was still at work. Other wild stories are now circulating in the press about how the Ailes loyalists like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren etc. will bolt Fox News if Ailes leaves and join some startup channel instead.
Anyway, the bottom line is the dust has not settled yet on this whole situation. We’ll see soon enough how it all shakes out for Ailes, and the rest of the talent.