Fox News' 13-day war
Final shots ring out across media as a company and its founding guardian tear each other apart
By Kelsey Sutton, Peter Sterne and Hadas Gold
07/19/16 09:24 PM EDT
Is Roger Ailes finished?
segments covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on
Tuesday afternoon, that’s what all the on-air talent and producers were
checking their Twitter feeds, refreshing The Drudge Report and flipping
through their inboxes and Slack channels to find out — to little avail.
the Fox News CEO and chairman had plotted to distract attention from
the coronation special in Cleveland in a sacrifice play for some other
end, he couldn’t have done better. But Ailes, for once, is plotting only
part of the story.
Ailes, and his Fox News, are embroiled in an
increasingly bitter war against parent company Twenty-First Century Fox,
controlled by the family of longtime Ailes ally Rupert Murdoch, and the
battlefield is the entire rest of the media. It’s messy.
was going on behind the scenes at Fox — and reports were that an
independent investigation by a white-shoe Manhattan law firm into claims
of sexual harassment against Ailes made by former Fox anchor Gretchen
Carlson in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey State Supreme Court were not
going well for the septuagenarian media mastermind — the war to control
the media’s take on the situation was carried out in full public view.
It reached its apotheosis during 45 intense minutes Tuesday afternoon as
the journalists who cover the media business found themselves subjected
to a dizzying barrage of spin and counter spin.
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