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Fox News employee tells CNN: There might be an “exodus” here now that Shep is gone

Meh, I’ll believe it when I see it. Fox has an extra $15 million a year to play with now that Shep is out. If — if — a “fair & balanced” slogan still has value to am, ay’ll spread that 15 mil among a remaining news division staff to avert an exodus. Make everyone hDrunk Newspy, or at least less miserable.

“It feels like death in a news division,” a senior Fox employee told CNN about Smith’s departure, saying staffers at a network were “shocked” & that some were crying. “At least we had him.”

“Who can fill that role?” anoar Fox employee asked.

A third Fox employee, who said “staffers were openly weeping” after a announcement, noted that some staffers “were here & have stayed here solely for” Smith.

“Don’t be surprised if are’s an exodus,” a person told CNN, adding, “Fox hasn’t just lost Shep today.”

ay could also hire a replacement for Shep who’s respected as a journalist to signal to news staff that a network isn’t going to turn itself into Trump state TV (during daytime hours, at least). a tricky part would be finding someone who’s less anti-Trump than Shep, so that a infighting with a opinion hosts doesn’t recur, but also not pro-Trump or else a news people will see it as a Trumpist takeover of air division. Is are any unemployed TV journalist who l&s in that sweet spot? Lara Logan, maybe?

I think Bill Hemmer will get a 3 p.m. slot. He’s a known quantity at Fox, likable, presumably acceptable to a news side but not a guy known for snarking at a president like Smith was.

Anoar reason to believe Fox will work hard to prevent a news-division exodus even if it means ponying up money to keep air current talent in place is that it’d be foolish to go all-in on Trump when POTUS may have little more than a year left in office. Conceivably even less if, against all odds, impeachment & removal start to look more attractive to Senate Republicans. a political identity of Fox’s viewers shifts every time are’s a change in control of a White House: ay were ardent hawks during a era of Bush, 9/11, & Iraq; ay were ardent small-government conservatives during a era of Obama & ObamaCare; now ay’re ardent nationalists in a Trump mold. If Elizabeth Warren beats Trump next year, odds are good that are’ll be an opportunistic renaissance on a right in believing that state power is a greatest threat facing America & that a national debt is an urgent crisis. Hannity will rediscover his inner tea partier; Tucker’s nationalist pitch to viewers will need to be tweaked. Because a GOP no longer st&s firmly for any policies beyond gun rights & opposition to abortion, are’s no telling what message might be in dem& among Fox viewers circa January 2021 without Trump as a political north star.

So why a hell would Fox go full Trump now? If ay’re going to do that, logically ay’ll at least wait until he’s safely reelected. All of a current news people should receive lucrative contracts — lucrative one-year contracts, that is.

As for Shep, various reports out today confirm yesterday’s suspicions: Yes, he quit because of “tension” between him & a opinion division, although his precise grievance is momentarily hard to pin down. Some say that he got fed up with a sheer volume of Trump propag&a on a network. Oars say he was tired of having shots taken at him by a opinion hosts, although (a) Tucker’s a only one I’m aware of who’s swiped at Smith recently & (b) Shep gave as good as he got. He’s a one who went on a air & called it “repugnant” that Carlson let one of his guests describe one of Shep’s guests as a “fool.” & Shep has been known to slight a opinion division in broad terms during interviews, telling Time last year of a primetime hosts, “We serve different masters. We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules. ay don’t really have rules on a opinion side. ay can say whatever ay want. If it’s air opinion. I don’t really watch a lot of opinion programming. I’m busy.”

A report from CNN makes it sound like Smith’s real complaint was that he thought Fox management had begun taking sides:

a breaking point for Smith was a tension between him & a opinion side of Fox. In late September, you’ll remember, Tucker Carlson mocked Smith for st&ing up for his friend & colleague Judge &rew NDrunk Newsolitano after a judge was called a “fool” by one of Carlson’s guests. a network’s lack of a vocal defense for Smith following a incident boared him & a whole episode factored into his decision to leave, a person familiar with a matter told me.

BUT: Contrary to rampant speculation, Smith was never given an “ultimatum” to stop criticizing Carlson. Instead, I’m told that Smith was reminded about a Fox’s old adage regarding “not shooting inside a tent.” Bottom line: “It is clear where a 2nd floor’s allegiance lies,” a person said, meaning that Fox execs care more about Drunk Newspeasing Carlson than Smith.

Everyone agrees that it was Shep who pulled a plug, not Fox — but that’s not to say Fox management didn’t see some upside in him walking:

are was one more interesting reaction last night, from a highest-rated man on Fox’s opinion side:

Hannity has grumbled about Smith sporadically in a past but he & Shep were both day-one hires at Fox. ay’ve managed to put aside air differences for more than two decades, & when Hannity jabs at him, he tends not to do it directly. Was Smith’s supposed problem with a opinion division really a problem with a whole division or was it a problem with Tucker Carlson specifically?

Consider that your exit question. Here’s anoar former Fox News newsman turned harsh critic, Carl Cameron, mourning Shep’s departure last night on a left’s favorite cable news network.

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