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Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
John Lithgow to play Fox News' Roger Ailes on the big screen
When Lithgow was starring in his Emmy-winning role as Winston Churchill on Netflix's The Crown, he was repeatedly asked about comparisons to Gary Oldman's Churchill in the movie Darkest Hour. Now Lithgow will be playing Roger Ailes on the big screen, while another big-name actor, Russell Crowe, portrays the Fox News founder on television, on the Showtime limited series based on the book The Loudest Voice in the Room. While the TV series is focused on Ailes' rise, the movie, co-starring Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie, is focused on the whistle-blowers who accused Ailes of promoting and participating in a Fox News culture of sexual misconduct.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
White House officially hires Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive accused of facilitating sexual harassment
Shine, who was ousted from Fox News in May 2017 amid a sexual harassment scandal, will serve as deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House announced today. Shine was named in at least three lawsuits against Fox News, accusing him of being former Fox boss Roger Ailes' enforcer who allegedly facilitated and covered up a climate of workplace sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
A former Fox news exec who was forced out over his handling of sexual harassment scandals may become the new White House communications director
Source: The New York Times
President Trump has offered Bill Shine, who was close to Roger Ailes when he served as co-president of Fox News, the job as head of the White House communications department . But the move hasn't been finalized, reports The New York Times. Shine's potential hiring has already raised concerns on Twitter because he was accused of enabling rampant sexual misconduct at the cable news network.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Russell Crowe to star as Roger Ailes in Showtime limited series
The Oscar-winning actor will play the disgraced Fox News founder and former boss, who died last year less than a year after being forced out due to a massive sexual misconduct scandal. Crowe will star as Ailes on the eight-part limited series based on the Gabriel Sherman book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country. “In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” said Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins in a statement. “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Charlize Theron to play Megyn Kelly in a movie about Fox News and Roger Ailes
Theron will play Kelly as host of Fox News' The Kelly Files. In her memoir Settle for More, Kelly detailed the sexual harassment she endured in the decade she worked at Fox News.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker calls Fox News “state-run TV” and “a pure propaganda machine"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The CNN boss said Fox News does a "disservice to the country," noting that it has changed dramatically since Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced to depart two years ago. “What has happened there in the last two years is somewhat shocking frankly. It really is state-run TV,” Zucker said on a panel discussion about the future of TV news. “It is a pure propaganda machine and I think it does an incredible disservice to this country.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
Two more women who settled with Bill O’Reilly sue him for defamation
Source: The New York Times
Former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris and former Fox Business Network host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who both sued and settled with O’Reilly over sexual harassment, have joined a defamation lawsuit with former Fox News employee Rachel Witleb Bernstein. Bernstein, whose settlement wasn’t for sexual harassment, and Mackris and Diamond say in their lawsuit that O’Reilly’s public statements this year paint them as liars, political operatives and extortionists. ALSO: Fox News settles with former pundit Julie Roginsky, who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Why did Time magazine omit Gretchen Carlson from its “Silence Breakers” Person of the Year issue?
Carlson should be considered an anti-sexual harassment groundbreaker for taking on Fox News boss Roger Ailes last year, according to Yashar Ali. He says Carlson has had a greater impact on exposing sexual harassment in the workplace than other “Silence Breakers” whom Time mentioned, including Taylor Swift and Carlson’s former Fox News colleague Megyn Kelly.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Networks became too reliant on larger-than-life TV news stars, as shown in the firings of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose
Source: The New York Times
“As leading national news hosts able to reach millions of people, Mr. Lauer and Mr. Rose are in a different sphere,” says Jim Rutenberg. “The notion of anchor as authority — a stubbornly male prototype that goes back to the pre-feminist days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite — was flawed to begin with. And yet, news organizations continue to depend on stars to what often seems like an unhealthy degree. In this, they are not so different from Hollywood producers whose main concern is having a big opening weekend. The stature of the men behind the desk was such that they ended up holding a high level of power within their organizations to go with their lavish pay. And, per the accusations against them, they used it on underlings who, as one of Mr. Lauer’s accusers put it to The Times, did not feel as if they were able to say no or repeat mistreatment to higher-ups.
- Lauer’s firing gives NBC a chance to “test a longstanding myth” that expensive talent is essential to a show's success
- Lauer was able to get away with bad behavior because Today made its own rules, operating independently within NBC News
- “Ailes. O'Reilly. Halperin. Rose. Lauer. These were among the most influential, best paid figures in TV news.”
- Lauer made at least $100 million before NBC fired him