Roger Ailes, the creator and chief of the Fox News Channel, is being forced out of his position atop the conservative media hierarchy in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations begun by former Fox personality Gretchen Carlson. While this might seem like just an inside-the-media story, it’s much, much more than that.
In fact, Ailes’ downfall is one of the most consequential events in years when it comes to the evolution of the conservative movement and even the fate of the Republican Party. This is the end of an era — and we might even look back and say that it was the best thing that’s happened to the GOP in a long time.
You can read this report to catch yourself up, but the short version is that when Carlson filed suit against Ailes, a bunch of other women came forward as well with similar stories of Ailes trying to force them to have sex with him, often in exchange for career favors, most notably including network star Megyn Kelly. Fox’s parent company was recently taken over by longtime owner Rupert Murdoch’s two sons, who don’t share their father’s affection for Ailes, so they seem to have taken this opportunity to force him out. [Read more]