Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes Make Clear That Glenn Beck, with His Incendiary Rhetoric and Wild Inaccuracies, Will Be the Face of Fox News

Rupert Murdoch is gloating at the profits he expects to make with the venomous Beck as the channel’s flagship host.

November 19, 2010 | by Sarah Pavlus -To those Fox News journalists who are reportedly “worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network”: Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes have picked a side in this fight — and it’s not yours.

For months, accounts of internal tension over Beck have been leaking out of Fox News. Back in March, media critic Howard Kurtz — then with The Washington Post — reported that “there is a deep split within Fox between those — led by Chairman Roger Ailes — who are supportive, and many journalists who are worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network. … Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.”

In an October New York Times Magazine profile of Beck, Mark Leibovich — who noted the “[o]ff-the-record sniping shoots in both directions” and could be related to upcoming contract negotiations — reported: “But the friction is evident in many areas.”  In addition to reporting — like Kurtz — that some Fox News journalists felt Beck’s inflammatory rhetoric undermined the network, Leibovich introduced a new twist: Ailes’ support for Beck may have been flagging.

Ailes, Leibovich wrote, “has generally been supportive of Beck,” but he’s also “complained about Beck’s hawking his non-Fox ventures too much on his Fox show” and has been “vocal around the network about how Beck does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months.”…

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