Greta and Fox
Greta Van Susteren has abruptly quit after 14 years as a prime-time anchor at Fox News Channel, saying that Fox “has not felt like home to me for a few years.” “I love my staff, I love my colleagues, and I love the crews. That is the hardest part of this decision as they are wonderful people.”
Starting Tuesday, she’s being temporarily replaced in her 7 p.m. ET time slot by, Fox veteran Brit Hume, at least through the election.
Hume, 73, is a senior political commentator for Fox, and had been the network’s primary news anchor before stepping aside in 2008. He said he’s taking on Van Susteren’s show through the election.
Word of the surprise shake-up, in what has been cable TV news’ most stable and successful lineup, was announced only minutes after the settlement of former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson’s harassment lawsuit, against deposed Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
Van Susteren, in a Facebook post, did not say what she meant by, Fox News not feeling like home anymore. She had defended Ailes in an interview with The Daily Beast in the immediate aftermath of Carlson’s lawsuit, saying she had known nothing of the alleged behavior. The Washington-based lawyer said Tuesday, that she took advantage of a contractual clause allowing her to leave and since it had a time limitation, she could not wait.
She did not immediately return requests for comment.
Fox did not explain Greta Van Susteren’s exit, although a person close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity described it as a financial disagreement.
Van Susteren, who came to Fox from CNN after establishing herself among the commentators on the O.J. Simpson trial, said on Facebook that she hoped to continue her career in broadcasting.
She held down the 10 p.m. time slot at Fox for many years, but her “On the Record” show was switched to 7 p.m., when Fox wanted to make room in prime time for Megyn Kelly. Kelly took over at 9 p.m. and Sean Hannity was moved to 10 p.m.
Van Susteren’s departure came at a time many Fox watchers were focused on other potential changes at the network. Fox mainstay Bill O’Reilly, who turns 67 on Saturday, has mused publicly about the idea of retirement, and it’s unclear how Ailes’ departure will affect him. Kelly’s contract expires later this year, and Fox dearly wants to keep her. Hannity’s vocal support of Donald Trump has made him a controversial figure in the conservative media.
Fox’s co-presidents, Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine, said in a statement that “we are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”
Greta Van Susteren’s Husband Warns Of Potential ‘Litigation’ Against Fox News.
“There’s so much chaos …”
Van Susteren’s husband, John P. Coale, told The New York Times Tuesday his wife exercised a “key man clause’’ in her contract, which permitted her to leave the network if Roger Ailes was no longer in control.
Coale also commented on the reported, disarray of the network following the ousting of the former Fox CEO.
“There’s so much chaos, it’s very hard to work there,” he said.
“There’s more than meets the eye,” Coale told the paper, adding there “might be litigation in the future.”
Say it isn’t so! Fox the only half way decent media news station, is turning into CNN. Losing Greta Van Susteren, and with the likes of Shepherd Smith.
Shepard Smith: Voter ID Laws ‘Designed’ By GOP To Keep Minorities From Voting.
Veteran Fox News Channel host Shepard Smith declared Wednesday, that voter ID laws are discriminatory and are “designed” by Republican states to discourage minorities from voting.
Smith updated his viewers on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision not to reinstate provisions of North Carolina’s voter ID law during his afternoon program.
The court’s split decision meant the lower court’s ruling to throw out the law would stand, thus meaning first time voters in North Carolina will not have to prove their identity come November.
Reading a news update from the Associated Press, Smith opined that asking citizens to show identification is discriminatory.
“North Carolina had put in one of those ‘You have to show an ID’ rules, which so often in Republican states are designed to keep some minorities from coming out and being able to vote, and they tried to reduce the number of voting days,” Smith said.
“The U.S. Supreme Court says that will not happen. Those rules will not go into effect in North Carolina this cycle.”
Backlash from some of Smith’s more conservative viewers was swift on social media.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory described his state’s voter ID requirement as a “common-sense voter ID law”, in a statement after the Supreme Court’s decision.
“North Carolina has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote,” McCrory stated.
North Carolina state attorney Paul Clement said the lower court’s ruling “prohibited North Carolina from enforcing a voter ID law, that is actually more sensitive to disparate impact concerns than those in force in many of its sister states.”
According to CNN, the state asked the court to reinstate just three common sense provisions of the law before November.
Those provisions included requiring first time voters to present one of eight different forms of identification, reducing early voting from a 17 day period to 10 days, and eliminating the state’s preregistration practice, which allowed 16-year-olds to pre-register, despite their ineligibility to vote.
Since when is it racist not to want illegal immigrants to vote in American elections?
Fox is doing what I like to call, the Democratic Switch.
The Democratic party has switched to something unrecognizable. And now the only news channel worth watching, “FOX” is becoming “CNN”.
The only trustworthy news, is websites, written by honest Americans, like Trumpville.