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Rebellion brewing inside Fox News as relentlessly pro-Trump coverage alienates advertisers and the network’s own journalists

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Producers, reporters, executives and Fox News hosts are battling one another over the conservative network’s direction in the Trump era.

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch is struggling to cool the long-running feud between the network’s journalists and its prime-time hosts, while also placating advertisers and President Donald Trump, according to Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman.

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“Reporters are telling management that we’re being defined by the worst people on our air,” a senior Fox staffer told the magazine.

Reporters and producers have gone after Fox News hosts who loudly support the president, but the prime-time anchors complain they “make the money” and reflect the audience’s worldview, and management seems to agree.

“Advertisers know the value of our loyal and engaged audience and we expect no change in our business going forward,” said Marianne Gambelli, Fox’s president of ad sales.

But there have been issues with ad revenue after some of the prime-time hosts, such as Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, have prompted boycotts with shocking and outrageous comments on the air, and Vanity Fair reported Fox News is concerned.

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“Executives are very worried ‘Fox & Friends’ will be next,” one insider said. “If advertisers start bailing on them, they’re screwed.”

The dynamic puts Murdoch, who took over from his father Rupert Murdoch, in a peculiar bind between satisfying advertisers, employees and the network’s most important viewer — Trump, who has begun to complain lately that coverage hasn’t been as favorable to him as he likes.

“Hannity told Trump last year that the Murdochs hate Trump,” said one source who heard the conversation, “and Hannity is the only one holding Fox together.”

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The president and Hannity reportedly speak nearly every day, and Trump frequently promotes his show and other programs, especially “Fox & Friends,” but the network’s highest-rated host intends to leave when his contract expires in early 2021, according to two sources who spoke to him.

“Sean doesn’t feel supported,” a staffer close to him said. “He has no relationship with Lachlan. Sean thinks, Wait a second, I was hired to get ratings and I get ratings, but now people are embarrassed about me? He feels Fox spends a lot of time supporting Shepard Smith but his show makes no money. That’s annoying to him.”


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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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‘Brett Kavanaugh’s penis is back in the news’: Bill Maher breaks down the latest Supreme Court scandal

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher broke down the latest scandal facing the United States Supreme Court.

"Brett Kavanaugh's penis is back in the news," Maher said. "The New York Times kind of tripped over his dick on this one."

Maher suggested the report reflects poorly on Kavanaugh's manhood.

"The problem is the woman, the victim, has no recollection of it happening -- which isn't really a ringing endorsement of his penis," Maher said.

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