Are Fox News changes connected to GOP purge of ‘cranks, haters and bigots’?

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When former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., made the surprise announcement Friday that he will not run in the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, who was confirmed as secretary of state, he may have had his eye on a different prize.

According to Politico’s Mike Allen, Brown has been in talks with Fox News regarding a possible role as a contributor to the network.

The Hill confirmed the claim, reporting that a network spokesman said the former Massachusetts senator is in negotiations with Fox News.

Brown, who lost his re-election bid to freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would join former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, as a new Fox News contributor, if hired.

These changes are in addition to former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin opting out of renewing her contract with the network, and Tuesday’s reports that political commentator and pollster Dick Morris is out.

All these changes have fueled the idea that a “purge” is underway.

A Politico article by Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen suggested that “Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.”

Saying “both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices,” the “Behind the Curtain” article said Fox News chief Roger Ailes “aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election,” and quoted an unnamed source as saying there’s an effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”

Karl Rove, who was re-signed by Fox News to a multi-year contract, found himself at the center of a firestorm this week that coincides with this notion.

The controversy came as a result of a New York Times report that Rove has joined with Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiast.”

While it may not be entirely clear what Ailes is up to, you can be sure that all the internal angst within the conservative movement is welcome news to Democrats.

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21 thoughts on “Are Fox News changes connected to GOP purge of ‘cranks, haters and bigots’?

  1. Milissa says:

    If I want blather from the left, I can get that anywhere. If FOX is truly interested in my viewership-and from that the revenue from their once sterling ratings-they would be well served in giving me balanced news with a conservative view point. Otherwise, they will fall victim to the internet as well, and can enjoy ratings much like MSNBC enjoys.

  2. Quan says:

    You can always watch CNN. Morris just found a job there.

  3. JJ says:

    As what I have observed to be a "typical" Independent who has progressive social views mixed with conservative fiscal and government values, I view this as a good start to get the public discourse to a more constructive level. Meanwhile, wonder what MSNBC is doing to get rid of the likes of Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow? Those are the most partisan voices on cable and have probably the largest [collective] hand in poisoning the water and stirring up the extreme elements of both parties. And are there any two people more vested in racism than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Good to see, though, that Al actually is getting a paycheck…and Dick Morris could not have been more wrong about the election and am surprised that Rove is still around…how about we change all of the political pundits on ALL of the channels? Does anyone really care what Donna Brasile has to say about ANYTHING?

  4. Rifraffe says:

    Kudos to most of you commenters here. Good stuff. Even seazen is right on, if you strip away his obvious sarcasm. If we all chime in and let Roger Ailes know how concerned we are with his new direction that would be a worthwhile effort. Where else can we go if Fox News throws in the towel? Geesh.

  5. uselogic says:

    Well, if they do drift towards progressive-lite commentary, they will lose long-time, loyal viewers. We'll see how this plays out. The good news, so far, is that Fox Business Channel – FBC still seems to have its Capitalism & Constitution-loving crew. I've migrated over there for my TV fix. O'Reilly, Hannity, etc. bore me these days. Only Stossel seems worth the time investment.

  6. Diogenes says:

    The Repuuub party is dead, the leadership has been walking around like Bruce Willis in the "Sixth Sense" for the last eight years. True conservatives attempted CPR on the Puub party in 2010, but the Northeast Puub party checked pansers railroaded in another fake McCain candidate named Romney, who played his own supporters for fools, and who's own son stated that his father was the least likely man to have wanted to be prez. You have to realize that the Repuub elites in Washington love government as much as the Dems; hence we have the Republicrat in Washington who, with reluctance, goes back as a homeboy to the sticks for an occaisional passion play of pro constitutional, patriotic speeches, for the chumps. If I'm wrong, explain the deafening silence from the lapdog Boehner, and the MIA, McConnell (has anyone checked under his bed) on Bengazi,the Obama Tsars continuing presence after being judged unconstitutional, the amnesty for illegals campaign, and all othe crimes you can name commited.

  7. Paula Helton says:

    I have been watching less and less of Fox News. I listen to Conservative talk radio all day. I turn the tv on at 4:00 to watch Cavuto, but when he trots out Kucinich, Elijah Cummings and other far lefties I turn it back off. I haven't watched O'Reilly or Hannity for a very long time. If I wanted to listen to Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, Sally Kahn, etc. I would watch the other channels.

    Fox is pandering to the left and will lose the conservative base that propelled it to number one.

    If they want to play "fair and balanced, let's set up some gloves off debates with Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, etc. vs. the likes of Kucinich, Beckel, Williams, etc. I would watch those.

  8. Jeff Smith says:

    Grumpy, I like the way you think!

    I was doing some number crunching last night just for the heck of it…

    The total adult population of the US is roughly 240,560,000.

    The total number of votes cast in the last election was roughly 129,064,000

    The final vote tally was Obama got 51% of the vote, and Romney got 47. The remaining 2% went to 3rd party candidates.

    Now it gets interesting…

    Only 53% of the adult population voted!!!

    If you take the number of votes that Obama received as a percentage of "eligible" voters, he got less than 28%!!!

    Where's this overwhelming majority the democraps keep talking about??????

  9. Conrand says:

    I will only watch Fox News…if they continue to offer conservative views….with factual reporting. If they don't offer that….then I'm stuck with the "other" news channels…in which case, I'll save lots of money because I'll get rid of my dish and put the tv antenna back up. Could care less about the "opinions" and "fiction" which the liberals report….(though, in their minds…I'm sure it's factual).

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