A few weeks back we reported that Fox News host Gretchen Carlson had filed a lawsuit against the head of the news channel Roger Ailes, accusing him of sexual harassment. Since then several more women have come forward in secret and a few have even come out to defend Ailes.
Who we haven’t heard from yet though is the Murdoch family that owns and operates Fox. We might soon, and their decision on this controversy will have MAJOR effects.
Via New York Magazine:
Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News may be coming to an end. Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James — co-chairmen and CEO, respectively, of parent company 21st Century Fox — have settled on removing the 76-year-old executive, say two sources briefed on a sexual-harassment investigation of Ailes being conducted by New York law firm Paul, Weiss. After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go.
This is huge. Roger Ailes has been THE force behind Fox News’ meteoric rise to the type of the cable news game. If the Murdochs are focused on firing him, then it must be because the allegations made by Carlson and others are true.
I’m glad the Murdoch’s are taking a proactive step here. Too often people in power try to cover-up incidents like this and it always makes the situation worse. We all know the cover-up is what busts you, not the crime.
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