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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Tom Tillison

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  • KB Cook

    Fair & Balanced — probably not any more, if it ever was at all….. The 4th estate is dead, buried and shows no signs of being resurrected at this time. We return to our normal programming now.

  • seazen

    If this is at all the case, it will be welcomed not so much by Democrats but by Americans who actually care about the level and quality of discourse in this country about the things that really matter to us all.

  • Jan

    Right normal programming where the rest of the stations use freedom of SUPRESS as their motto's.

  • Jan

    And there is something wrong with changing employees? I would like to see Chris Mathews, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, and several others given the boot at other stations. Those are the true partisans!

  • Grumpy

    Maybe, maybe not KB

    Post Civil War a lot of former slaves din't leave the Plantation, they were afraid to, safer to stay were they were… .

    Karl Rove and Rupert Murdoch are banking on conservatives having a similar thought process. They want us back on their plantation, submissive and ready to bow to the political elite. If you look back, we were Nixon's Silent Majority, We're the people who got rid of Carter, we gave Gingrich his Contract With America, We saved the country from Kerry in 2004– More recently — Bush's second term — well it didn't go so well, The GOP figuring they were going to lose regardless, gave us McCain ,old, tired and not an impressive candidate, They got trounced, the party self destructed, Democrats had the GOP's grave dug and were doing the autopsy when the Silent Majority woke up, this time as TEA. We saved the GOP. Only we didn't go back to our caves like good hobbits afterwards. .

    If you think about there's virtually no difference between the way the GOP treats us and the way Democrats treat Blacks, actually the democrats might treat their blacks a little better..We are expected to be the GOP's serfs.. Like Lincoln emancipated the slaves intentionally. If we have the guts, Rove may have unintentionally emancipated us.

    • Quan

      Very perceptive! Why do more people not see this?

  • Anita G Hitchcock

    I do not know what FOX is doing, but I could think of a couple you could get rid of that would not even be missed. I will be watching closely, if I do not see the fair, balanced and mostly conservative news and shows, I will no longer be a FOX fan…..

    • David Barth, CFA

      Fox is a buiness. There reason for being is to provide a reasonable return to its investors so they can provide jobs and a service to the community. If they leave an opportunity open to serve the libertariean/conservative market another entreprenuer will step in to fill the void. That is Competitive Free Enterprise which is substantially more effective than non-competitive capitalism.

      What is great about this country is its opportunities and if Fox leaves it base it will feel it in the bottom line. Let's face, the are part of the Establishment.

  • David Barth, CFA

    In reading George W. Bush;s writings I haven't seen anything that woudl make me believe Rove was anything more than a score keeping wonk. He had nothinhg to do with policy and I have seen nothing that would make me believe he understand leibertarian/conservative principles and, as a part of the Republican Estabilishment, he didains the independi9nt free thinking oif the Tea Parties. This scare the dead wood at the RNC and elites like Charles Krauthammer and George Will out of their shoes. The Republican Party, like the U.S. State Dept., will not become effective until the get rid of the statists who only think of protecting their own positieons, starting with Rove.

    Remeber George Bush's social secutity plan? The Republin Establishment showed no support for him. I showed the RNC that if my social security "premiums: were invested into 50% of the S&P 500 and 59% in U.S. Treasuries my benefits would be $8-9,000 a month. They never got back to me. The RNC is a thorn in the Freedom loving libertarien/conservative's side as they don't understand them. When some Republicans believe it is "right wing" to believe in strong military defense, individualism, Congressional Term Limits, balance budgets, personal responsibility, smaller more managemable governemt, etc. it is time to clean house of the Left will contine to control power of the Road to Totalitarianism.

  • Don De

    Hang on! FOX News is making a huge move move to the left! SURPRISE!!

  • Don De

    Hang On! Fox News is making a huge move to the left! SURPRISE!!!

  • johno

    Is FOX trying to lose their conservative viewers? You would think so by hiring Geraldo Rivera, Kucinich, and now someone who cares little about conservatives, Karl Rove. I guess our choice is to watch the other liberal stations (since FOX is becoming like them), or none at all.

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