Happy Hour News Briefs
If History’s Greatest Reporter isn’t back on the cable next week, you will know that the fruit of old Rupert’s loins (oh, gross) have overruled their father, somehow:
With only six days remaining in Bill O’Reilly’s vacation, the pressure on the Murdoch family to decide the embattled commentator’s fate is intensifying. Three sources with knowledge of the discussions said that, while no final decision has been made, the Murdochs are leaning toward announcing that O’Reilly will not return to the air. Sons James and Lachlan have been arguing that O’Reilly needs to go, say these sources, though their father, Rupert, has resisted that outcome…
…Sources describe the Murdoch family discussions as fraught. Initially, according to sources, Lachlan was aligned with his father, but in recent days he has leaned more in his brother James’s direction. “The three are fighting,” the insider said. In some ways, deciding O’Reilly’s fate is more complicated than the decision to oust Ailes last summer. O’Reilly is Fox’s highest-rated host and the linchpin of the prime-time schedule, so his removal could have immediate effects on the network’s ratings.
But, as Fox has already shown us after Megyn Kelly fled the network, the night time ratings don’t dip much when the rats flee the ship, and Tucker is no Megyn Kelly.
And we know that ol’ “pay-em-off” Rupie isn’t concerned about sexism, The Skirts don’t really count in Fox World, so it must be something else Rupert is worried about…
And according to one Fox source, Rupert has told people he does not want to fire O’Reilly because it would make it appear he was forced into a decision by “the New York Times.”
Ah, that explains it: dick waving.
(Hat tip: D-Cap)