Vanity Fair: Impeachment Has Brought ‘Bedlam’ To Fox News
Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch is weighing out how to reorganize the network for its inevitable post-Trump future amidst Trump’s impeachment inquiry, according to New York Magazine.
Republicans aren’t the only ones in crisis mode over the recent developments in Trump’s scandal in Ukraine, so is Fox News. Sean Hannity reportedly told friends on Thursday that the whistleblower’s report is “really bad.”
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported that Fox News is experiencing “management bedlam,” as a Fox staffer phrased it. It became publicly apparent after afternoon anchor Shepard Smith came into conflict with prime-time host Tucker Carlton over the legality of Trump’s actions.
The former Speaker of the House, and current board member of Fox, Paul Ryan, is noted to be among those at the network that are pushing for hosts to break with the president. “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it,” an executive close to Ryan said, implying that Ryan has more power as a TV board member to hold the president accountable than he did as Speaker of the House.
One Senate Republican told the Washington Post that releasing the limited transcript of Trump’s call to Ukraining President Zelensky was a “huge mistake.” A former administration staffer told Politico that Trump’s legislative agenda “probably doesn’t get done” due to the scandal. A prominent Republican told Vanity Fair that “this could unwind very fast, and I mean in days.”
Yet, this is what Republicans have been saying publicly.