There is a coup under way at Fox News and the victimization of Bill O’Reilly may just be a harbinger of things to come, according to a Washington Examiner story posted on April 20.
The ouster of founding CEO Roger Ailes in July 2016 left Fox in the hands of former Fox owner Rupert Murdoch’s family. The ascension of Murdoch’s two sons, Lachland and James, coincided with the removal of Glenn Beck, the suspension of Judge Andrew Napolitano and now the firing of Bill O’Reilly.
According to the Examiner, a New York Times reporter speaking on MSNBC has strongly hinted that there is more to come.
Reporter Jeremy Peters cited a 2010 report that said the Murdoch boys were unhappy with the direction Fox News was heading and wanted to clean house. As to who might be next, Peters said:
“I think you have to look at somebody like Sean Hannity and question whether or not his almost propaganda-like attitude and programming every night is going to be acceptable in the minds of the family which is clearly trying to shift the network in another direction.”
Hannity, since O’Reilly’s ouster, is now the longest running host on Fox. He has been “widely viewed as President Trump’s biggest champion in TV news” according to the Examiner.
The Murdoch boys have been critical of Trump, especially over issues of immigration, so Hannity’s strong conservative streak has undoubtedly left them with a bad taste in their mouths.
The fact that Hannity has come to the defense of O’Reilly does not bode well either for the revered conservative host and his future may indeed by imperiled.