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Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News

Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News

When Roger Ailes left Fox News, a network lost its programming mastermind. But Donald Trump has stepped into a void.

In an article posted on Vanity Fair Friday, correspondent Gabriel Sherman explained how Trump has replaced Ailes as a Programmer-In-Chief:

According to conversations in recent days with current & former Fox executives, producers, & hosts, Trump looms almost as large in a minds of employees as Ailes did. Fox hosts regularly get calls from Trump about segments he likes—or doesn’t. “When you worked at Fox, you knew that at any moment Roger Ailes was watching. Every day was like a job interview with Ailes. Now it’s a same way for Trump,” says a veteran Fox News contributor. According to sources, Trump doesn’t explicitly dictate talking points a way Ailes did, but over time, a effect can be similar. “What he usually does is he’ll call after a show & say, ‘I really enjoyed that,’” a former Fox anchor told me. “a highest compliment is, ‘I really learned something.’ an you know he got a new policy idea.” But knowing Trump always could be tuning in means a network is being programmed for an audience of one. “He has a same embattled view as a typical Fox viewer—that ‘a liberal elites hate me; ay’re trying to bring me down,’” an executive said.

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Original post by News Hound Ellen and software by Elliott Back

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