Irena Briganti To Take Over For Brian Lewis?

Politico’s Mike Allen is reporting that Irena Briganti may be the one who takes over for Brian Lewis at FNC. Allen also has a lot more back story on Lewis’ firing…

IRENA BRIGANTI, the number two official in Fox News media relations, is likely to succeed her former boss, Brian Lewis, according a Fox News executive familiar with the situation. The executive did not divulge the reason Lewis was fired, citing possible legal talks. But the executive provided an unusually vivid window into the thinking of Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who fired Lewis on July 25. Lewis, who was escorted from the building, had fallen from favor months before. Lewis had long had two offices: one near Ailes’s suite on the second floor of the former News Corp. tower in midtown Manhattan, and another on the 22nd floor. John Moody, a Fox News executive who took another assignment within the corporation and then returned, got Lewis’s prime real estate and Lewis was banished to the 22nd floor in July 2012, according to the executive.

On June 13, Lewis was out of the loop on the announcement that Sarah Palin was being re-signed as a Fox News contributor. The executive said Lewis also was excluded from conversations about Megyn Kelly’s promotion to primetime, announced July 2. And according to the executive, Lewis also was not told that Elisabeth Hasselbeck of “The View” was becoming a co-host of “Fox & Friends”; Briganti handled the July 9 rollout. “Roger wasn’t confident that [Brian] could keep those secrets,” the executive said. The executive said that one factor in the growing distrust of Lewis – but not THE trigger – was his suspected cooperation with Gabriel Sherman on his forthcoming book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: The Inside Story of How Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics.”

The executive said: “Roger lost faith in him and started poking around, digging around, and came up with a slew of stuff. … After an internal investigation, it became abundantly clear that Brian was operating outside the culture of the company, and thus violated his contract, so Roger let him go. … [Brian] was suspected of talking to Gabe in his own self-interest. … There’s nobody here who thinks Gabe is writing a positive book. …  But that’s not a violation of his contract. [He was] not doing his job … operating outside the culture of the company … doing things with the finances of his department which were very bad. … Many of the talent, other vice presidents and producers here did not want to work with him anymore.

“He was not working within the framework that Roger had set up, where the common goal was to work together and win. … He was no longer a team player. … Brian always had an inflated ego about himself and what he did here – going around telling people he was Roger’s right-hand man, and that he was in strategy and programming meetings. … He was supposed to be running media relations, but Irena and the staff were.”


25 Responses to “Irena Briganti To Take Over For Brian Lewis?”

  1. Number Twos don’t last forever. Just ask Al Qaeda.


    I am Number Two.

    Who am I?

    You are Number Six.

  3. Sounds like the guy was getting a big head and couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Too bad, so sad. You’re fired!

  4. Nothing new here. Mostly a rehash of stuff that’s already out there. The news that Briganti was going to replace Lewis was in yesterdays NY Daily News.

  5. What’s new is that there’s someone who has a stake in the game saying something on the record. This also clears most of the smoke about this story away and robs Sherman of most of the benefits he may have been hoping to gain from it.

    He’ll probably need to rewrite a chapter or two now so look for his book release to be delayed again.

  6. This was good for what Ailes ya.

  7. “What’s new is that there’s someone who has a stake in the game saying something on the record.”

    ^^There’s no “someone who has a stake in the game” here Al; just another anonymous FNC news executive spinning the FNC side of the story. Whether what he says is true or not; who knows. All we know for sure is he/she won’t give their name.

  8. He used the name of a cat.

  9. I thought I read a few quotes attributed to Irena Briganti. If I did it wasn’t this article, so Fritz’s counter-point is valid… in fact, I’m stealing it from him and making it my own. Sue me.

  10. My fascination with cable news must be over, because I do not give a single flip about this story.

  11. Unfortunately your late evening boredom is not over because you’re making a comment about this un-flip-worthy story.

  12. Yes, but I’m doing it ironically..

  13. then it’s humor you seek, Grasshopper, not news?

  14. No one under 50 has any idea what Grasshopper means..

  15. I think it was something my mother used to drink.

  16. Snatch the pebble from my hand.

  17. I’d rather grab the car keys.

  18. Nobody gets the keys.

  19. I can see that.

  20. I asked a 20 y-o what “Grasshopper” meant and was told, “Kwai Chang Candy Cane. Look it up, Pops.” So there are some under 50 who know what it means. I wasn’t about to ask her what that snatch in the hand pebble thing is all about.

  21. Guess they didn’t have Kung Fu back in Merry Old. Didn’t miss much.

  22. Actually looks pretty good, and it’s out on DVD. Wikipedia is my friend:

    Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
    Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
    Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
    Caine: No.
    Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
    Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
    Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

    Young Caine’s answer, of course, should be that it is because the human brain long ago developed the ability to autonomously filter out inconsequential inputs so that the senses can be better utilised toward detecting and reacting to sources of food and danger.

  23. Imagine the above exchange with Roger Ailes as Master Po and Sean Hannity as young Caine. Some students just never get it.

  24. The show will undoubtedly be a bit dated and hackneyed (’70s American TV was very formulaic and lazy), but Kung Fu is worth a look.

  25. What’s embarrassingly funny, or vice versa, is that I didn’t know the character’s name. I thought that was some Shockwave game you were on about.

    — lazy and formulaic —

    Yeah, but they meant well.

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