James Murdoch appears ready to turn the Republican friendly network into a clone of CNN. As a liberal extremist with lots of money, he dislikes conservatives and feels “embarassed” at having to manage that red headed step child network, Fox News.
When they first took over, they stepped gingerly around Fox News. James and his progressive-minded wife, Kathryn, have long been embarrassed by certain elements of Fox News, associates said, while Lachlan’s views of the network have been more in line with his father’s. Both sons were willing to tolerate the freewheeling Fox News culture because of the enormous profit the channel generates.
As a side note, what is with these well connected men marrying communist enviro-death cult women? Did Paul Ryan find his wife from the same family James Murdoch did?
Of course, we can’t discount James Murdoch’s own views either. In fact, it looks like Rupert Murdoch’s son James Murdoch, is a social justice warrior:
The 44-year-old CEO and his wife Kathryn founded Quadrivium, an organization focused on promoting science, equal opportunities and environmental issues.
One of Fox’s biggest investments since he took over as CEO was a $725 million investment in National Geographic, acquiring its TV channels and magazine, and doubling the society’s resources for investments in science, research and education. James views the National Geographic network, with its emphasis on nature and ecology, as an ideological counterweight to Fox News, where climate-change deniers are regularly featured, a person with knowledge of his thinking said.
He’s also brought in more “diversity” (read clamping down on conservative thought) at Fox News. He’s also increased funding for “our friends’ in the transgender world, for what we can assume is gender reassignment surgery.
Now the Murdochs have it out for Bill Shine. This time, Sean Hannity is speaking out. Hannity is NOT happy about the Murdoch family’s apparent lack of loyalty to their network. :
Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground.
“Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done. Best Sean,” Hannity tweeted, with a link to Gabe Sherman’s New York magazine story citing unnamed sources who claimed that Shine has become worried about what he perceives as lack of public support for him from 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Hannity then apologized for inserting a diaeresis into Sherman’s name, writing, “Ha. Gabe sorry about the 2 dots. I couldn’t do that again if I tried. Best Sean.”
Hannity and Shine have a long history at the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet. Hannity recommended that Fox News hire Shine early in the network’s history, and Shine was an early producer on “Hannity & Colmes,” one of the first primetime programs on the network’s schedule.
Hannity also claimed that Shine was was the victim of an internal fox News plot to undermine his leadership, tweeting, “Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is. Best Sean.” He followed up by tweeting #istandwithbill. When other Twitter users expressed confusion as to whether Hannity was supporting Shine or recently departed Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Hannity tweeted again, “I’ll change it. #Istandwithshine.”
A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment on Hannity’s Twitter activity.
Shine was one of several executives mentioned in a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday by 11 former and current Fox News employees and contributors claiming racial discrimination within the company. The lawsuit came on the heels of last week’s ouster of longtime host Bill O’Reilly in the face of mounting sexual harassment charges. In July, former Fox News chief Roger Ailes was fired over his own sexual-harassment scandal. Shine and fellow co-president Jack Abernethy were appointed by Murdoch to take over as network co-presidents after Ailes’ departure.