Holding Pundits Accountable, Ctd

Dec 5 2012 @ 2:35pm

Gabriel Sherman has some hopeful news:

According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new 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 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."

The removal of one clown and one huckster is a good thing. But here's what caught my eye in the piece:

Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove’s election-night tantrum when he disputed the network’s call for Obama. While the moment made for riveting television — it was Ailes’s decision to have Kelly confront the statisticians on air — in the end, it provided another data point for Fox’s critics.

So Ailes is personally yelling live into the ear-pieces of his minions. It makes you think the TV personalities are mere puppets on a string, doesn't it? That Megyn Kelly isn't an "actual journalist" but a mere mouthpiece for a corporate mogul. And that couldn't be true, could it?

Earlier coverage here.