Fox News’s Jabba the Hutt isn’t dead: Another News Corp. atrocity

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced he would take over as CEO of Fox News with the resignation of Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since the announcement of a lawsuit against Ailes by former “Fox and Friends” anchor blonde Gretchen Carlson, 25 women have described similar sexual harassment that goes back to the 1960s.

So people think the story is over as far a control of Fox News is concerned. Ailes is out. Rupert is in. So why does this seem slimy?

Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday.

Ah … the fine print … so why is 2018 significant?

With the scandal erupting rapidly, Fox executives began negotiating the 76-year old executive’s departure. Ailes’ severance package includes about $40 million of payment, or roughly the amount he was owed for the duration of his contract that was set to expire in 2018, according to a person briefed on the matter.

So, Ailes is getting at least $40 million, and Rupert is going to follow his advice until 2018, when Ailes’s contract was going to expire anyway.

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutIn other words, it’s just cosmetics. Nothing changes. Ailes will still call the shots, but the words will come out of Rupert’s mouth.

Has this ever happened before?

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire. …

There was immediate speculation last night that the paper will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the Sun which could be produced by staff at the daily. The domain names TheSunOnSunday.co.uk, TheSunOnSunday.com and SunOnSunday.co.uk were registered two days ago.

The News of the World was shut down in 2011 when investigators revealed the paper was hacking phones of celebrities, royalty and dead people, including a girl who was murdered. In the murder case, the hacking actually led police to believe the girl was still alive, throwing off the investigation.

So Rupert closed News of the World, a Sunday paper, and then immediately added a Sunday edition to the Sun, one of his other papers. So where do you think he found a staff fast enough to open a new Sunday edition?

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but it gets worse, according to TPM:

Trump said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that, at first, he didn’t want to comment on Ailes. Ailes announced he was leaving Fox last week amid sexual harassment allegations.

“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said.

“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person,” Trump continued. “And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

Leah kills Jabba at Fox News

This just in:

Roger Ailes, the former GOP political operative who oversaw the creation of the Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of American conservatism, is in final negotiations to leave as CEO of the network amid a budding sexual harassment scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be done shortly, the person said.

Although the lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, it appears that another Fox blonde may have delivered the final blow, according to New York Magazine:

According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megan] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

This is how Kelly downed the Hutt:

 

Princess Leia of Fox News sues Jabba the Hut for sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former morning blonde between Steve Douche and Brian Minidouche at “Fox and Friends,” has filed a lawsuit saying that she was sexually harassed at work and that the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, propositioned her for sex:

Click here to see the suit against the corpulent chairman of the Republican PR channel.

Here are some of the allegations, compiled by Mashable:

  1. Last September, Roger Ailes allegedly told Carson that, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”
  2. Carson further alleges that Ailes asked her to, “turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure.”
  3. According to the lawsuit, Ailes reportedly, “stays seated when a woman walks over to him so she has to ‘bend over’ to say hello.”
  4. In 2009, Carson reportedly complained to Ailes that her co-host on Fox and Friends, Steve Doocey, created a hostile work environment by “regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way” and “putting his hand on her and pulling down her arm to shush her during a live telecast.” Ailes allegedly responded by calling her a “man hater” and a “killer.”
  5. After complaining of sexual harassment, Carlson was supposedly demoted to a midday slot to produce The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, where Ailes reduced her compensation and withheld network support and promotion for her show.”
  6. Carlson alleges that Ailes repeatedly “commented about her legs” and on outfits that enhanced her figure, urging her to “wear them every day.”
  7. Carlson claimed that Ailes “had slept with three former Miss Americas, but not with her.”
  8. After Carson complained to Ailes that he was being harassed on Fox and Friends, Ailes responded by claiming that she need to learn how to “get along with the boys.”
  9. Though not explicitly stated in the lawsuit, in 2013, Gretchen went onto Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade’s radio show wearing pants, and casually revealed that Fox and Friends prohibited her from wearing pants on Live TV.

And there’s film of the harassment, which should be admissible in court:

OK. Maybe that’s an exaggeration. Here’s what it was really like at work:

It is a hostile work environment. In the places I’ve worked before, the things we see here are definitely reportable to human resources, and there would be action taken against the harassers. But the suit isn’t against Douche, Minidouche or other miscreants seen in the clip. It’s against Jabba, seen below:

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutAnd just for the hell of it, and this has nothing to do with sexual harassment, remember when Minidouche made the kid cry on TV?

The Panama Papers and piggy banks

You’ve probably heard some talk about something called the Panama Papers, which sounds like someone has been rolling joints, but involves rolling bank accounts.

Anyway, since it’s complicated and involve god awful sums of money but very rich people who are doing things legally and illegally, here’s an explanation that we all can understand. (Via Vox).

A Fox News background check

More from Fox News fantasy land:

Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond, and if you watched TV or ran his name through Google, you’d have no reason to doubt him. In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism and clandestine intelligence operations, which he claimed he helped run for nearly three decades.

“Nobody knew who I was,” Simmons said at one event. “Nobody was allowed to know who I was.”

But according to federal prosecutors, Simmons had never worked for the CIA, and it was only by repeating falsehoods that he was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years.

On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Simmons and charged him with making false statements, major fraud against the United States and wire fraud.

Let me get this straight. Fox News brings on a guy as a expert in security to criticize the Obama administration’s moves to battle terrorism. But the expert is really a con man and just making up shit?

Just a reminder:

new study shows that viewers who get their news from Fox News are the most misinformed in the country.

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false.