Daily Beast: Fox initially confirmed Drudge’s report...and subsequently walked back that confirmation pic.twitter.com/ArgcOJWUTz— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 19, 2016
ORIGINAL POST: Roger Ailes will walk away from the network he created 20 years ago in defiance against the liberal -- some would say communist -- mainstream media. He created an oasis for Americans who wanted all sides of the story, not just the liberal and the moderate, but liberal, moderate, and conservative.
He succeeded. Fox News is not only the No. 1 cable news network -- and has been for 15 years or so -- but the No. 1 cable network. Period. He beat ESPN despite its NBA playoff games. Now Ailes is walking away from the network he founded amid allegations of sexual harassment.
From USA Today:
Fox News broadcaster Megyn Kelly has told investigators hired by 21st Century Fox that her boss, Roger Ailes, has sexually harassed her in the past, and Ailes has now been asked to resign by Aug. 1 or face termination over the recently surfaced allegations about his workplace behavior, according to a report by New York magazine.
Twenty-first Century Fox, the media giant that owns Fox News Channel, declined to comment. Spokespeople for Fox News, the conservative-leaning cable news network founded by Ailes in 1996, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Ailes, who's Fox News' chairman and CEO, was sued on July 6 by former Fox broadcaster Gretchen Carlson, who claimed that her career was sabotaged by Ailes after she refused his sexual advances. He has vigorously denied the allegation, saying her lawsuit is a retaliatory measure for the network's refusal to renew her contract in June. She was let go, Ailes said, due to the low ratings of her show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.Interesting.
Ailes deserves the same presumption of innocence that the Duke lacrosse team deserved, that the University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi deserved, and that the boyfriend of mattress girl at Columbia deserved.
We don't know what happened. I doubt we ever will.
But we do know he built a hell of a network. He brought truth to the American people. He built the network's reputation on telling stories the rest of the media ignored because those stories made socialists look bad.
Yes, Fox News disappointed me this year by not balancing the Never Trump choir of former conservatives on its various panel shows. But the world was worse without this brave little network that came to dominate the news. He made news great television without turning it into schlock infortainment.
Murdoch's kids will take the network over and turn it into another heaping, steaming, smelly, revolting pile of liberalism. I predicted this feces follies when the story broke two weeks ago. The heirs are itching for power.
So conservatives had their Camelot on cable news. It was good while it lasted.
Thank you, Roger Ailes. You did your nation a better service than all the other networks.
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