NOBODY LIKES O’REILLY…. Journalist Michael Wolff has a new biography on Rupert Murdoch that’ll be published soon, and Michael Calderone, who got an advance look at “The Man Who Owns The News,” reports that the New Corp. CEO isn’t fond of his top-rated blowhard.
“It is not just Murdoch (and everybody else at News Corp.’s highest levels) who absolutely despises Bill O’Reilly, the bullying, mean-spirited, and hugely successful evening commentator,” Wolff wrote, “but [Fox News chief executive] Roger Ailes himself who loathes him. Success, however, has cemented everyone to each other.”
“The embarrassment can no longer be missed,” Wolff wrote, in another section of the book. “He mumbles even more than usual when called on to justify it. He barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill O’Reilly. And while it is not that he would give Fox up — because the money is the money; success trumps all — in the larger sense of who he is, he seems to want to hedge his bets.”
Make of that what you will. That Murdoch might find O’Reilly personally offensive, but nevertheless helpful to the network’s bottom-line, strikes me as fairly easy to believe, but your mileage may vary.