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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Advice for Brit Hume

When Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News for sexual harassment, I wrote, "Don't know if her allegations are true, but I have a feeling Ailes will retire soon."

That has come to pass. Ailes built a ratings and profit juggernaut by challenging orthodoxy and the establishment. Now Murdoch's heirs will spend the money and credibility he amassed.

The first two moves were announced today.

The first made business sense. Paying $20 million to settle the Carlson lawsuit is chicken feed. One week's profit. This is a billion-dollar-a-year profit center, mainly through cable fees.

The second made political sense. Firing Greta Van Susteren. She was too Trump-friendly and anti-Hillary. Sean Hannity is more so, but Greta Van Susteren posed a bigger threat because she is a woman almost Hillary's age. Democrats want her out. Sir Rupert Murdoch has invested too much money in Hillary to allow a wild card like Trump become president. Why, he might not return Murdoch's phone calls.

This leaves veteran and venerable journalist Brit Hume in the awkward position of taking over. His journalistic credibility is impeccable. He wrote the book on the Jock Yablonski murder, was tailed by the CIA for his coverage of the ITT scandal, and covered the White House with a laid-back long-run look. Fools rush in. Not Hume.

My advice to him is to continue giving Trump a safe space. Trump's side of the story goes untold. Surely Hume knows that Trump is being ganged up by social justice warriors with bylines. One does not have to agree with Trump or even like him or his policies to realize someone somewhere has to give the man a fair shake. I also think Hume should eschew commentary. In a world of pundits, a real journalist is revered. Look at Jake Tapper.

On Election Day we will learn that 60 million to 70 million Americans voted for the guy. Do they not deserve to have their champion treated fairly and impartially?

Hume gave the network its motto: Fair, balanced, and unafraid.

As a fan of Van Susteren, I will give Hume a fair hearing, because I am a bigger fan of Hume. We shall see how this works out.

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17 comments:

  1. It may also be that, as contracts end, more people will follow Ailes, who seems to have taken the helm of the Trump campaign, out the door.

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  2. Hume replacing Van Susteren will help align Fox better with the NeverTrump message which the Murdochs want to send.

    One more reason to cut the cable.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  3. There is no confirmation anywhere (for now) that Greta Van Susteren was fired. All indications, including GVS statements, point to that she left on her own. Getting sloppy Don.
    As for the Ailes settlement, that's what very rich people do, regardless of their gender, race or political view, they readily buy their silence for their revolting behavior. Too bad you are incensed when only people with "Ds" next to their name do this, instead of all the powerful ones.

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  4. Greta Van Susteren's departure (whether she walked out the door or was kicked through it) is Fox's loss. We haven't subscribed to cable in a couple of years, and every time I hear something like this, I'm happy we did.

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  5. I like Greta and Hume and agree that the audience is best served if Fox gives Trump a fair shake. I can't stand the #Never Trump conservatives and won't watch Kelly anymore because her bias is so evident.

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  6. I haven't watched cable news in years except in airports. Something I read a few months ago said that Megyn Kelly had an affair with Hume and that was how she got her own show on Fox. If true, Hume is a straight shooter of another kind.

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    1. Rumor sounds weird. He's in DC, she's in NYC.

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  7. Sorry Don, but your respectable journalist hurled spittle at trump several times way back when the debates first started. I was naïve and also thought he was a man of character. He's not, just another lapdog with a good voice.
    BTW I wasn't a Trump man back then. Now I see him as the only real chance to stop the one-world elitists (while I pray he doesn't 'evolve" too much).

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  8. "On Election Day we will learn that 60 million to 70 million Americans voted for the guy."

    Romney got 61 million and got trounced in the Electoral College, Don.

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  9. According to Fox Howie Kurtz, Greta had a "key-man" clause in her contract. Aisles goes she goes. Howie said since her contract renegotiations deadlocked, she excerised her right. This is from Luciann.com.

    I not sure Hume is a good fit. To me he is maybe anti-Trump. Seems to talk negative.

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  10. Hume is so "laid back" he will drone people into snoozeville. I see him as a very useful sleep aid that will help people doze off for the night with the TV set on timer. I'll make a prediction here: we've now seen peak FOX and the network will not survive long past Trump's inauguration. You can make book on that, Don.

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  11. Lauding Jake Tapper as a "real journalist" just shows how low the "profession" has sunk...

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    1. Jake Tapper is one of the few journalists not afraid of giving Democrats a hard time.

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  12. Aside from Greta we had given up on Fox several months ago.She is a brave woman of the Roman matron stamp. She liked Ailes and Trump both of whom fell into disfavor with the Emperor for whom she worked but suicide is not in her nature. Perhaps she could not get what she considers a fair deal from him but I expect the reason will come out sooner or later. Hume will produce a nice boring show and influence no one, but mainly, unlike Greta, he will not help Trump. Perhaps it is of some importance to note that Hume lives part time in the small town of Boca Grande, a well known haven and vacation home location for Jeb Bush and his entire family. Murdoch seems to have developed increasing anxiety over Trump as his poll numbers rise. Today Morgan Stanley told it's advisors they calculate 71/29 as the odds Hillary will win, a real increase for T.

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    1. Greta is a liberal but she is about the only one who personifies FNC's (former?) "fair and balanced" tag line.

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  13. Brit Hume may have once been a (dour and boring but) objective journalist, but he has become a mouthpiece for the GOP Establishment and will dance to Rupert Murdoch's tune. FNC has been dead to me since the 2008 election.

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