BREAKING NEWS: Roger Ailes, Former Head of Fox News, Has Died

Roger Ailes, who led a cable news revolution when Rupert Murdoch hired him to create the Fox News Channel, has died at the age of 77:

The announcement came in a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes:

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.  During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.

Aisles resigned from Fox News last July, after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him and the network.

When will Trump News Launch?

Widespread speculation of a Trump/Ailes/Bannon media conglomerate received new fuel yesterday as reports of a secretive casting call emerged from Fox News.

What’s being billed as an “up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development” is now scouring for hosts, reporters and right-leaning, well-spoken panelists, according to a brand new casting notice obtained Wednesday evening by Fox News.

Donald Trump first floated the idea of starting his own media brand back in June, during a Vanity Fair interview. The longstanding, and now official, relationship between Trump, former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and Breitbart News czar Steve Bannon has further advanced this hypothesis.

In only the last few days, news broke of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, meeting with investment bankers to discuss the funding side of the venture.

Win or lose, the idea of a Trump-centric media empire is (sadly) not far fetched. Whether it is his vehicle for carrying out his promised vendettas, in the case of loss, or his White House’s propaganda arm, the audience is likely there.

For all his many and well documented faults, The Donald isn’t a stupid guy. He’s done a remarkable job of setting up “Heads I win, tails you lose” kind of deals in the past and it appears he may have run that exact play once again. This time on his own followers.

I guess that the silver-lining of this Labensraum for the alt-right could be that there’s less of their garbage on media outlets I care to observe.

Another Trump Campaign Shake-Up Is Right On Schedule

Campaign shakeups are more the rule than the exception for Donald Trump. “I’m the strategist,” he told Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine back in April when Trump was barreling toward the GOP nomination.

The coffee klatch that makes up Trump’s inner circle consists of himself, his kids, and his in-laws. The others in the Trump orbit: Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski’s former Citizens United boss David Bossie, media crossovers Roger Ailes and Stephen Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and political warhorse Paul Manafort, seem to drift in and out of positions, but never really leave the “organization.”

In fact, management shakeups seem to be baked-in, part of the Trump campaign culture.

trump-turnoverIn the military, specialists pulled from various permanent units to form a temporary group for a specific purpose is called a “tiger team.” I was on one in the 90’s (a Site Activation Task Force, or SATAF). Trump’s entire campaign is really a tiger team.

But it’s not the kind of team designed for a political campaign. It’s a media show, spin control, keep Donald in the headlines operation. If this was the military, Trump’s unit would be the Dirty Dozen, complete with Telly Savalas as the insane woman-hating killer ready to blow the entire operation.

If you look at the timeline, you see how changes at the “top” (if there really is a top to speak of) of Trump’s campaign follow sort of a rhythm. From June 2015 through the end of March 2016, Trump stuck with Corey Lewandowski, who was more of a body man than a campaign manager. Only when it became likely that Trump could be the nominee did Paul Manafort come on board to wrangle delegates and appease the GOP powers-that-be (read: Reince Priebus).

After standing behind Lewandowski out of loyalty, about a month before the GOP convention, Trump fired him. It was said to be due to complaints from the rank-and-file (such as there is one) and from Trump’s true decision-makers: his kids. But Lewandowski never truly left. He picked up a lucrative gig at CNN and from there continued to pump for his old boss. Now he’s listening in on campaign conference calls and offering advice–but he’s not with the boss 24/7 like before.

After the convention, Paul Manafort was no longer an asset, as he was vulnerable to Clinton attacks on his Russian connections. So Roger Ailes–after being booted from Fox News in a sexual harassment scandal–was brought on as a formal advisor (he had been an informal advisor for months). Stephen Bannon, chairman of pro-Trump Breitbart News, was hired as campaign chair, leaving Manafort no role, and Manafort resigned on August 19. On the same day, pollster Kellyanne Conway, who came on board in early July, was elevated to campaign manager (Lewandowski’s old title).

Confusing? It’s supposed to be.

Then on September 1, David Bossie, who originally recommended Lewandowski, joined as deputy campaign manager. That brings us to today.

Various media reports are starting to emerge that after Monday’s debate “disaster,” that Trump’s kids are ready to play another round of campaign roulette.

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Not everything is “very happy” according to Tur’s sources.

This seems to have struck a nerve in the media-obsessed world of Trump.

Words like “fabricated lie”–as opposed to repeated lie, or true lie perhaps?–generally surface when the report in question is closer to the truth than Trump and his family would like.

With Trump’s businesses and brand reportedly suffering due to his negatives, another shake-up is probably inevitable. Once daddy Trump gets in his mind that things are rather stable, or stagnant, his compulsion to create news kicks in.

Since the pair Conway/Bossie seems to be in favor, look for them to survive the next purge. Ailes and Bannon may find themselves with a pink slip, however. Bannon encourages the more inflammatory side of Trump that plays great to his base, but repels swing voters. The next debate is Sunday, October 9. Somewhere between today and then, look for another Trump management musical chair session.

The campaign strategist-in-chief does not suffer being out of the news cycle for long.

Roger Ailes Confronts the Evil While the Also Rans Cower in Fear

It is times like this that I am very proud of Fox News, where I am a political contributor. The national news media, right now collectively apologizing for Brian Williams, is collectively attacking Roger Ailes and Fox News for showing the ISIS video of the gruesome burning of the Jordanian pilot.

It is not a coincidence that the very same networks attacking Roger Ailes and Fox News are the same networks that got their panties in a wad over showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. It’s not that the networks are fearful of providing ISIS a propaganda moment. It’s that they’re chicken and moral cowards.

Fox News, to be sure, initially did not run the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. But it ultimately did. It showed the cartoons on Fox & Friends when the other networks were squealing like a bunch of sissies at the thought of the cartoons airing. Later, on its website and on air, Fox News showed the next cover of Charlie Hebdo.

Evil is real and the other networks would have you believe evil is only a Christian, a Republican, a heterosexual white male, or an NRA member. But those are just people. ISIS is real evil. It is an evil that will confront us even if the American press corps would rather go down in Brian Williams’ helicopter than confront ISIS.

Whether Fox News aired the video or not, ISIS burned alive a Jordanian pilot. We might as well all have the opportunity to see what that evil is like, to know what we are dealing with, and resolve to slay that evil. Roger Ailes and Fox News have done a valuable service to the American people.

I have not watched and do not plan to watch the video. But I know many who did and, by watching, are now more resolved than ever that ISIS must be destroyed. The rest of the media can cower. Thank God that Roger Ailes and Fox are willing to confront evil and show us what it looks like.

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