FNC Election Fallout?

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman writes about FNC after the election…

According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has a directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders to producers mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris. Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. Inside Fox News, Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, according to a source, anchor Megyn Kelly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues what someone had told her: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.”

A Fox spokesperson confirmed the new booking rules for Rove and Morris, and explained that Shine’s message was “the election’s over.”


7 Responses to “FNC Election Fallout?”

  1. Good.

  2. Roger Ailes may be a moron, but he’s not stupid. He sees the demo writing on the wall..

  3. I wonder when that started. I guess you had to have them on afterwards, to at least try and justify the blathering bullsh\t. Honestly, I don’t know which one is more egregious. I don’t think that any conservative actually took Morris seriously, which has caused me to wonder for years why he’s so frequently booked as a guest. Rove would seem to have the greater possibility of a second act.

  4. missy5537 Says:

    For years, Morris has had a reputation for being wrong. I was surprised he was featured so much this time around, but he’s so confident in his rhetoric he apparently convinced everyone at Fox to let him appear.

    This election has blown me away to the extent that I have curtailed my viewing back a lot! Why bother watching if what these pundits say has such little correlation to reality?

  5. “This election has blown me away to the extent that I have curtailed my viewing back a lot! Why bother watching if what these pundits say has such little correlation to reality?”

    ^^Hmmm! Missy is the prototype FNC viewer. Maybe there are a lot of Fox watchers like her out there (many in the demo) and that is why their numbers have declined in recent weeks. Just a thought.

    As for benching Rove and Morris; there are always changes after a party loses and Morris and Rove haven’t been really germane sense GWB was in power. I see Alies grooming a younger more relevant group of pundits for 2014/2016.

  6. “MorrisRover”. The lamest space exploration ever.

  7. In a discussion of Morris and Rove, this seems oddly appropriate.

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