Fox News Benches Karl Rove and Dick Morris

As New York magazine reports

The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox in the post-election media environment, freshening story lines — and in some cases, changing the characters. According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris. Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. 

Perhaps Rove and Morris should have paid more attention to the betting markets, which did extremely well at predicting the election, including predicting 49 out of 50 states correctly.

  1. Dan Hanson

    Good for Fox.  Dick Morris in particular has a terrible track record and really comes across as someone who will say whatever sounds good on any given day, rather than being a serious analyst. 

    As for the prediction markets… I agree completely.  Too bad the Obama administration is trying to shut down Intrade.

  2. Sabrdance

    A short exile after getting it embarrassingly wrong seems appropriate to me, but I hope it doesn’t become permanent -at least not over the election alone.  We ask our pundits to tell us what they think and provide their arguments.  If I want someone to just aggregate prediction markets and polling data, I can do that myself.

  3. AnnaS

    Also–does this mean that FOX is moving left?

  4. Fricosis Guy

    Nice to see they’re paying attention to the FG.  Hope the Kelly for Hannity swap is next.

  5. AnnaS

    ………To cater to and please the Democrats like the rest of the media?

  6. Benjamin Glaser

    “…For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign —…”

    Ha! Nice little bias in the New York Magazine piece. 

  7. DocJay

    Neither of them have ever struck me as entertaining or particularly bright.  I haven’t watched TV since the election, beyond sports.

  8. R. Craigen

    I’m more concerned about your last sentence.  Yes, I’m familiar with the good record of the betting markets in elections.  In this one, where public information was so much at odds with actual results and — particularly in Ohio — the outcome was at such odds with information on the ground just prior, one cannot help but wonder why.

    Bettors are not clairvoyants.  They work from “known knowns” like anyone else.  But those who do this professionally are generally better at working out the consequences of “known knowns”.  Commonly, there is insider information.  What kind of information, I wonder?

    Now let us be clear — I’m not saying the brokers were committing hanky-panky.  Nor was there necessarily even some cabal involved, dealing with backroom information.  The betting market, however, is largely determined by those placing bets.  These are autonomous agents, no need for cabals.

    Perhaps some attention ought to be paid to those placing inordinately large bets in these markets, and who walked away significantly enriched.

  9. TeamAmerica

    I hope Fox adds more credible commentators like Dennis Prager, who might convert moderates and do more than preach to the choir and give conservatives talking points.

  10. Benjamin Glaser

    Dennis Prager doesn’t have the legs or the chest to work at FoxNews. 

  11. Mr. Dart

    Yes, Tim, Intrade had 49 states correct.  The only wrong one was Florida where the traders predicted Romney would win.  The same slight Republican bias on Intrade came on the toss-up Senate races where two went to Democrats that the traders predicted would go to Republicans.

  12. HerrForce1

    I don’t have any personal animus against Rove or Morris.  However, I grew tired of Morris in particular over the past few years…probably since a publisher wasted perfectly good paper materials on Condi vs. Hillary. I was completely done with Morris when, as one of ten or so speakers at a 2010 tea party in Sheboygan, Wis., he outlined state-by-state how the GOP was a 90% lock to take the Senate.  I agree that Prager and other Ricochettis would be effective.  

  13. TeamAmerica

    Benjamin Glaser Dennis Prager doesn’t have the legs or the chest to work at FoxNews.

    And Hannity and O’Reilly do?

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