What Bill O'Reilly should have learned from looking in a mirror

Apr 30, 2017, 01:24
What Bill O'Reilly should have learned from looking in a mirror

But Shine, who is named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network, is also Fox's most vulnerable player.

Spokespeople for Shine reportedly said he never directly asked the brothers for a statement.

Fox News host Sean Hannity took to Twitter on Thursday to defend Shine, his former producer, and appeared to acknowledge there is a concerted effort to have him removed as co-president.

Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) head Rupert Murdoch is looking to replace troubled Fox News head Bill Shine with a woman amid multiple sexual harassment claims against the company, the Hollywood Reporter said Friday. In December, the network hired Kevin Lord, the former General Electric/NBC human resources chief, to head up their HR department.

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According to the source, there are concerns that Fox News is moving too far to the left.

The suit, filed by 11 current and former employees in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx on Tuesday, accuses Fox of "abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful, and hostile racial discrimination". Putting a woman in the top spot at Fox News would send a distinct message given the issues that have been roiling the network. He was notably named in a sexual harassment account detailed by former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn, who alleged that Ailes harassed and "psychologially tortured" her for 20 years. The feelers are external; though it's possible that someone could get promoted from within. O'Reilly has denied the allegations, noting that his status made him a target.

Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003, claims that he "has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a "Jim Crow" - the racist caricature of a Black entertainer", Tom Kludt reported for the CNNMoney.

Following the internal turmoil that's been plaguing the network over the previous year, the Murdochs reportedly feel that hiring a female in charge of Fox News would lend credibility to their commitments to promote "a workplace based on the values of respect and trust". O'Reilly, of course, also went on vacation right before he was sacked.

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One source told THR he was known as "Roger's bag man".

Under Shine and Abernethy, Fox has taken steps to make cultural changes since Ailes' departure.

"Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired".

The report comes as the revamped Fox News captured first place in the cable news ratings race for the first three nights in primetime this week both in total viewers and in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most.

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