For Fox News' Ailes, a huge challenge

 

For Fox News' Ailes, a huge challenge

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 11, 2016) — Excerpt of Article:

It’s been said that Roger Ailes runs the influential, highly rated Fox News Channel like a feisty political campaign, quick to respond in no-holds-barred fashion to real and perceived critics.

The 76-year-old executive will need to muster all his bluster and fight as he faces one of his greatest challenges since assuming the helm at the network as its founding CEO in 1996.

Gretchen Carlson, a former host of The Real Story and Fox & Friends, sued Ailes in a state court in New Jersey on Wednesday, alleging that Ailes sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and that she was subjected to what her suit said was “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment at work. The lawsuit has a sole defendant, Ailes, Fox News’ CEO, but it also cites her former Fox & Friends colleague Steve Doocy for allegedly treating her in a "sexist and condescending" way. ...

For Fox critics and many liberals, it is a satisfying dose of comeuppance for an operation that has never been shy about sharply criticizing the Obama administrationand leftist politics in general. For defenders of Fox, the dominant force in cable news and a powerful player in Republican politics, the lawsuit is a play by a sour-grapes ex-employee who lost key assignments because she was no longer drawing the ratings needed to compete with rivals.

So what does it all mean for the future of AIles, the architect of the cable juggernaut? “It’s premature to jump to any conclusions,” says Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and author of Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes. “He’s a survivor. If anything, he proved that he can remake himself over and over in different contexts.” ...

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USA TODAY

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/07/10/fox-news-ailes-takes-on-huge-chal...



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