In the wake of star news anchor Bill O’Reilly’s termination at Fox News, speculation has now turned to the future of veteran host Sean Hannity.
Speaking on MSNBC, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters suggested that there may not be a place for Hannity among the new line-up at Fox, despite his overwhelming popularity.
“I think you have to look at somebody like Sean Hannity and question whether or not his almost propaganda-like attitude and programming every night is going to be acceptable in the minds of the family which is clearly trying to shift the network in another direction,” said Peters.
Western Journalism reported:
Hannity, who joined Fox in 1996, was asked recently if he expected that the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against O’Reilly would lead to changes at Fox.
“Not at all, none coming, I don’t see any coming,” he said.
Hannity has been a stalwart Donald Trump supporter, to the point of appearing in a pro-Trump video during last year’s campaign, for which he was rebuked by Fox.
Hannity’s future may hinge on the extent to which James and Lachlan Murdoch, the sons of 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, want to change the network they increasingly control.
“Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that,” said Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of Fox News & American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics & Society. “When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don’t find people who watch Bill O’Reilly and nothing else on Fox.”
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