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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Quick Hit: Fox News De-Roves And Flushes the Morris


I offer a quick hit.

The New York Times

Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench
The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox in the post-election media environment, freshening story lines — and in some cases, changing the characters. 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.

Of course, you read here and know the "Quick Hits' does not fit our reporting and comment model.

You know the 2012 General Election was a Fox News Tsunami.  When the network restricts bookings of two of its most frequent and most notable guest, the actions speak volumes.  I strongly suspect Ruppert Murdoch threw what some will call a "conniption fit"  after watching his network contribute to the false belief Romney would win the election via a landslide   Or, better yet, that Romney would win the election period.

As is the case in all of corporate America, someone must take the blame.  Why should a paid mouthpiece like Dick "pay me and I will say anything" Morris, receive a "flush" notice. He used his mouth for earnings because Fox News was willing to pay for his drivel.  I do not watch any media with an association with FOX news, but I strongly suspect not one on-camera host asked Morris the following. 

 "Well, Dick were do you have data to support your comments here? Are you surveying potential voters? Are you speaking with campaign insiders or do you have a mole feeding you information  You seem deadest on a Romney landslide."  Of course, no on-air personality asked such a set of questions. The Fox News audience does not require veracity, attribution, nor validation of the 'noise' they hear and see on the network. Morris used his Ronald Reagan  make-em feel good strategy to secure a paycheck.  

Karl Rove?  Fox has to accept complete accountability. The man is a 'flim-flam man. He has been involved in past GOP failures none of which match his failures in serving George W. Bush from 2001 - 2004. Yes, he facilitated winning elections, that some still question as credible, but when moved to the White House we should have known Bush W. was doomed, thus the nation would be relegated to doom. And, we suffered because of the many who fell victim to Rove's political acuity. 

Yet, Fox News purges in punishment.  

Cable news viewers who were intellectually gifted and socially open enough to seek information beyond the 5:00PM to 11:00PM news shows, did not watch Fox News for the very reasons the network now affects "special permission booking status." 

One last comment about Fox News, taking its air time and going away from Rove and Morris.  The network is again doing what conservatives do. They deal in the reality of the surface. They do not dig deep nor do they understand nor care that they contribute to issues (and leave trails). Trails that are easily uncovered via a bit of archive searching.

The problem with placing Rove and Morris, on "Cannot play in our pit" status?  Fox Executives (Roger Ailes and direct reports  are treating the rash without seeking deeper understanding of what causes the skin lesion.  If they look deep they will find themselves staring directly into a mirror and they may see their paradigm and business models are flawed. It is flawed all the way to Ruppert Murdoch and News Corp.

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