There has been a lot of guesswork over why Greta Van Susteren suddenly up and left Fox News Channel and some fingers are now pointing to Donald Trump… but not for the reasons you might expect.
On the same day Van Susteren’s departure was announced, Myra Adams ran a piece about Donald Trump plotting a media venture should he lose the November election.
“Trump TV” is a fallback plan to feed the real estate tycoon’s “addiction to media attention,” Adams said, in support of the belief held by many that Trump “will not retreat from the political limelight.”
“Continuing the fight against ‘Crooked Hillary’ represents a potentially lucrative business opportunity wrapped in face-saving and patriotism,” she wrote.
In light of a Trump television empire, the hiring of Stephen K. Bannon, the now-former CEO of Breitbart News, takes on a whole other meaning. As a filmmaker, Bannon has considerable media experience.
But Adams said her source points to Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, who is already running a media company as owner and publisher of the “Observer.”
According to Adams, Kushner is serving as Trump’s “de facto campaign manager.”
And don’t forget that Roger Ailes, who is reportedly now advising Trump’s campaign, has plenty of free time on his hands after stepping down as chief of Fox News following complaints of sexual harassment.
“It was Ailes who conceived, implemented and built Fox News into the behemoth is it today,” Adams said.
She noted that Ailes’ contract with Fox News precludes him from starting a competing cable channel, BUT said her source told her the new Trump media venture will be “internet based.”
In remarking on her departure, Van Susteren said Fox News “has not felt like home to me for a few years,” but it not clear how comfortable she might be at a network run by Trump.
And while such a network is pure speculation at this point, it’s hard to argue that the pieces are not in place for such a possibility.
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