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Roger Ailes Warns Fox News Staffers Not To Attack Glenn Beck
Posted By Michael van der Galien On March 19, 2010 @ 12:26 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Fox News founder Roger Ailes has had enough of the vitriol aimed at popular talk show host Glenn Beck. And no, I’m not talking about the trash coming from the Left but from Fox staffers. Yeah, seriously:
A column in the Washington Post on Monday revealed that some Fox staffers are concerned the celebrity pundit is “becoming the face of the network.”
Ailes pointed out that the information in The Post’s column was leaked by Fox’s Washington bureau.
“For the first time in our 14 years, we’ve had people apparently shooting in the tent, from within the tent,” he told them.
It goes without saying that Ailes is right. Attacking a fellow Fox News employee – no matter who he might be – is simply not done.
But this is especially the case considering Beck’s incredible success. Fox was already doing well before he joined the team, of course, but he has improved its ratings significantly nonetheless.
This is due to the fact that many voters aren’t merely fed up with the Democratic Party, but also with Republicans. Unlike most other Fox commentators, Beck is willing to criticize both parties. He’s as nonpartisan as it gets these days. He cares about ideas, not about people or political parties; which is precisely what Fox needed. After all, the network was in the very real danger of becoming the GOP’s mouthpiece before Beck came on board.
Beck changed all that. He’s making Fox once again a conservative, rather than a Republican news organization. He’s helping, not hurting his network and its employees, who should be thanking God on their knees for Beck, instead of badmouthing him at every opportunity they get.
Meanwhile, here’s to Ailes finding out who badmouthed his network’s biggest star behind his back and firing them immediately.
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