Fox News network Co-President Bill Shine may be about to get fired, in what would be the latest in a slow but steady series of firings at the embattled far right “news” network.
New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman wrote:
‘According to three sources briefed on the conversations, Shine has told friends he recently asked [Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s] sons James and Lachlan — the CEO and co-chairman, respectively, of network parent company 21st Century Fox — to release a statement in support of him, but they refused to do so.’
Shine has spent decades rising up through the ranks at Fox, formerly serving in roles such as the executive producer for the Sean Hannity show.
Hannity commented on Twitter about the report regarding his former team member, writing, “I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the [Fox News Corporation] as we know it. Done… Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired.”
Hannity didn’t comment as to who it is that he “knows” is trying to get Shine fired.
Spokespeople for both Shine and the Murdochs unsurprisingly denied that the request for a supportive statement was ever made.
Nonetheless, the sources who spoke to New York Magazine had some information regarding motives, saying that Shine’s request was made because of the widespread negative press coverage that’s been going around about Fox in recent weeks.
Indeed, Fox has now seen two of its most noted figureheads — former Chairman Roger Ailes and former host Bill O’Reilly — leave the network in recent months over allegations of sexual harassment.
With the departure of both of these men from the network, Shine has become who CNN calls Fox’s “most valuable player.”
Shine has apparently been with Fox since its founding, and he was also Ailes’s “right-hand man” for two decades.
Shine, however, is also in a place of vulnerability, seeing as he is named in a number of sexual harassment lawsuits against Fox for allegedly ignoring obscene behavior when he could have done something.
As a CNN report explains, Shine effectively has a “target on his back” over his continued presence at the network in the face of his connections to the alleged sexual assault and racial discrimination which has apparently plagued the network for decades.
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