Last year, sexual harassment charges were made against some of Fox News highest individuals. Co-President Roger Ailes was released from his position and then the conservative news agencies top host, Bill O’Reilly, was let go amid more allegations. However, the internal explosion that rocked Fox News is not over as Co-President Bill Shine, who replaced Ailes, was placed on the chopping block. Amidst the scandal, it seems the only people that might feel safe are the Murdock family who own Fox News and many of the women employed there. Who would fire any of them when they are ones making the allegations?
The turmoil at Fox News continued on Monday with the ouster of co-president Bill Shine, who succeeded Roger Ailes amid a sexual-harassment scandal last summer despite Shine’s alleged role in abetting Ailes in tolerating a workplace hostile to women.
Shine, a 20-year Fox News veteran, appeared to have the backing of Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch in the wake of the firing of Bill O’Reilly, Fox’s biggest star. Only last week, Murdoch, Shine and Fox co-president Jack Abernethy were photographed emerging from lunch at a Manhattan restaurant, a tableau widely read as a vote of confidence by Murdoch in the two men.
Instead, Shine appeared to come under increasing pressure all week, as rumors began circulating that Murdoch’s sons — Lachlan and James, who run Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox — were seeking his successor.
One can’t help but wonder if the some of the women who made allegations of sexual harassment against O’Reilly and others at Fox News were liberal plants trying to silence the nation’s number one conservative news agency. Then you have to wonder how many other jumped on the bandwagon hoping to get a big payout like some did.