Despite Fox News’ tremendous popularity, all the recent scandals have put the network’s reputation on the line. First, the executives at Fox News, took a big risk when they removed Roger Ailes. He was the man whose vision for the network made it the success story that it is.
These executives just took what seems to be an even bigger gamble by removing the network’s biggest star Bill O’Reilly. With O’Reilly gone, the business decision-makers at Fox News just received another serious news.
Without O’Reilly, these executives are now facing ratings plunge and the potential that conservative viewers and big number of O’Reilly fans, will abandon Fox News in favor of more up-to-date conservative news outlets, especially those on the web.
Here is what New York Times writer Jim Rutenberg wrote about Bill O’Reilly’s fans in New York Times:
“First there is Mr. O’Reilly’s own audience, which steadfastly stuck with him — and then some — as the revelations about sexual harassment first emerged in The New York Times. For as long as he has been ‘looking out for’ them — as he puts it — he has sworn to beat back the ‘secular progressive’ forces of political correctness.”
He added, “His fans told interviewers they doubted the allegations against him, describing him as an ‘easy target’ for liberal groups and the same mainstream media he has made a career of lambasting.”
Chris Ruddy, CEO of Fox News’ conservative rival Newsmax Media, stated that Fox News is now in trouble. He said, “Generally, the Fox audience is not going to be happy the network fired him. They’re going to think it was unfair.”
Do you think Fox News executives made a big mistake firing O’Reilly?
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