×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

With Megyn Kelly Move, Fox News Makes a Cosmetic Change

Fox might have shuffled its lineup, but marching orders remain the same

Seen the new Fox News. Sure as hell looks like the old Fox News.

As has been expected, Fox CEO Roger Ailes will sandwich the network’s golden child, Megyn Kelly, between its two gnarled stars, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, injecting a touch of youth — and let’s face it, a more telegenic TV presence — into the network’s primetime lineup. Greta Van Susteren gets what amounts to a demotion, moving to 7 p.m.

This is news, only because Fox News Channel has been characterized by such stability during the Ailes years, while MSNBC and CNN often appeared to be wildly flailing around it.

Look closer, though, and those predicting any change of course in the network were sorely misguided. Yes, Kelly has been promoted and Elisabeth Hasselback has replaced Gretchen Carlson on “Fox & Friends,” but other than the additional human blondage, Fox remains the same: A conservative-leaning channel dominated by older white men, with a few younger women thrown in for an audience that remains skewed toward senior citizens who still enjoy seeing a pretty face or two while hearing about how Obama is destroying America.

Almost every prediction about Fox tinkering with its basic mission, however, has been off base, including reports that the network might dial back its partisan fervor after the election, when Ailes benched Karl Rove and Dick Morris.

“The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well,” New York magazine wrote at the time.

That sounded questionable even then, and looks like balderdash now. Ailes might be a lot of things, but stupid isn’t one of them. And he knows that as long as Obama’s in the White House, Fox would be silly to do anything that would diminish its standing as the voice of the not-so-loyal opposition, railing against a demographic tide that appears to be pulling the country in another direction.

Because while the GOP might need to worry about winning over half the country, practically speaking Fox News can do just fine with a decidedly smaller segment of the population clinging to the channel as its home base for news. And we’ve seen that polarization and positioning squarely toward Fox’s older demo in its strident coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, which highlighted the intense divide between the network and MSNBC.

So while Fox might appear to be shuffling its deck, all Ailes is really doing is doubling down.

 

More TV

  • Tucker Carlson

    Tucker Carlson Comes Under Advertiser Scrutiny After Immigration Remarks

    A group of advertisers say they are pulling their commercials from Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” after remarks he made last week about immigration. The passel of sponsors includes SmileDirectClub, Nautilus Inc’s Bowflex,  Ancestry.com, NerdWallet, Indeed.com and Pacific Life Insurance. Carlson sparked the controversy during last Thursday’s broadcast, [...]

  • George Takei

    'The Terror' Season 2 Adds George Takei as Series Regular, Consultant

    George Takei has boarded “The Terror” Season 2 both as a series regular and consultant. The second season of the AMC anthology series takes place during World War II and is set, in part, in a Japanese-American internment camp. Takei himself was imprisoned in two such internment camps when he was a child. As a consultant, [...]

  • Penny Marshall Dead

    Penny Marshall, 'Laverne & Shirley' Star, Director, Dies at 75

    Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75. Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 [...]

  • Goteborg's TV Drama Vision Unveils Selection

    'State of Happiness,' 'The Flatey Enigma' To Compete At Goteborg's TV Drama Vision

    “State of Happiness,” “The Flatey Enigma” and “The Inner Circle” are among the six Nordic drama series which will be presented at Goteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision and compete for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize. Written by Mette M. Bølstad (“Nobel”), “State of Happiness” follows four young characters who come from different [...]

  • 'Van Helsing' Renewed for Season 4

    'Van Helsing' Renewed for Season 4 at Syfy, Sets New Showunner

    Syfy has renewed “Van Helsing” for a fourth season ahead of the Season 3 finale. 13 new episodes of the action-horror series will air in 2019. In addition, Jonathan Walker has come onboard as showrunner for the new season, taking over from Neil LaBute. The third season finale will air on Dec. 28. “Van Helsing” airs [...]

  • Cardi B Carpool Karaoke [WATCH]

    James Corden Teaches Cardi B How to Drive on 'Carpool Karaoke'

    Even though she’s more than proven her bona fides as a rapper, with Cardi B, it’s never just about the music. And her comedic chops are on full display in the latest episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” on his “Late Late Show.” In fact, she basically steals the show from Corden as they tear [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content