By Sarah Ellison @ The Hive @ Vanity Fair, March 21
doesn't live up to it's headline, is rather a media insider gossip summary as regards the sexual harassment BUT FOR these two paragraph of more general interest:
Soon after Kelly left to pursue a more mainstream future at NBC, Fox News returned to its natural state. Rupert Murdoch, who stepped in to run the network himself, hand-selected the former conservative wunderkind Tucker Carlson to take over for Kelly. Now, Fox News’s prime-time hours from 8 to 11 P.M. are entirely peopled by white, male commentators: O’Reilly, Carlson, and Hannity. As Andy Lack recently noted at an industry event, the network feels more like “state broadcasting” than it ever did under Ailes. And the formula is working. Carlson, with his perpetually furrowed brow, is drawing higher ratings than Kelly did during her tenure.
even the young Murdochs may be fearful of exactly what lies at the bottom of the Fox News bunker. Last summer, the 21st Century Fox internal investigation into Ailes’s behavior was narrowly focused. Paul, Weiss, according to a source close to the investigation, never expanded to look deeply into phone and e-mail records throughout the company to unearth evidence of a culture of sexual harassment. Instead, the Murdoch sons chose to move quickly and decisively against Ailes, and hoped to allow the employees of Fox News to return to work in a new, transparent culture. But the company, which according to a spokesperson “has been in communication with the U.S. attorney’s office for months,” faces a Justice Department investigation into Fox News’s settlements under Ailes that may have involved business practices that violated the law. (The 21st Century Fox spokesperson declined to comment beyond acknowledging that the company had been in discussions with the U.S. attorney’s office.)