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O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta may bolt from Fox when Roger Ailes is officially ousted: report

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The chief of conservative network Fox News, Roger Ailes, is likely on his way out amid sexual harassment allegations.

Sources told CNN Money that Ailes will be leaving the network in a matter of days — after 20 years at the network turning it into a cable channel juggernaut. He’s accused of harassing employees, including the network’s broadcast star, Megyn Kelly, and Fox & Friend’s Gretchen Carlson.

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“With internal allegations mounting, it was deemed time for him to go,” an unnamed source told Deadline Hollywood.

The Wrap reports that once Ailes is gone, names that have become nearly synonymous with Fox News may soon follow.

Fox heavy hitters including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren have contract clauses that allow them to flee the network if Ailes were to leave.

In February, The Wrap reported O’Reilly’s program, The O’Reilly Factor, is a top ratings scorer for Fox.

Ailes is reported to be angry over the way the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, which is headed by Rupert Murdoch, is treating him.

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The three prime time hosts have all spoken out in defense of Ailes, who denies the allegations. Carlson has filed a lawsuit.


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Trump-loving media’s attacks on Joe Biden have all been epic flops so far: data

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Pro-Trump media websites have been trying to pull the same trick on Joe Biden that they pulled on Hillary Clinton in 2016 -- but so far, none of their attacks on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee have gained traction.

Axios reports that data from right-wing news websites shows that reader engagement on three key anti-Biden stories -- his alleged mental decline, his son Hunter Biden's former job with Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and sexual assault allegations by Tara Reade -- have all fizzled.

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Trump aides frustrated by his ‘nonsensical’ Biden attacks in Ohio: AP reporter

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During a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire stated that aides close to President Donald Trump thought the president made some good points about the U.S. economy on Thursday -- only to have his message overlooked when he attacked former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking with co-host Willie Geist, Lemire said there were other problems with the Ohio visit -- including Republican Gov. Mike DeWine being unable to attend because he tested positive for COVID-19 -- but Trump stating Biden "hurts God" made the economic points the president made secondary in a state where he needs votes.

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Expert: Trump playing ‘whack-a-mole’ in attempt to salvage states he should be winning

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A top political analyst says President Donald Trump seems to be flying blind as he heads toward an electoral loss.

Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the Cook Report, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that demographic changes had turned formerly reliable red states into competitive congressional races, and that same dynamic had made Trump's re-election campaign even more challenging.

"Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, if you talk to the Trump data people they'll hang their hat on the gap getting narrower in those states," Wasserman said. "What's happening is that a lot of the older voters who, for lack of a better term, are exiting the electorate. They are disproportionally registered Democrats who are conservative and voted for Trump in 2016. Yes, the registration gap is narrowing, fewer voters are registering to vote this year than did in 2016 because we're in a pandemic. That doesn't mean the states are getting more favorable to Trump."

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