Fox News is a profit machine. Since Rupert Murdoch obviously is still calling the shots there, no one really expects the profit picture to change.
So, I had assumed The Ailes "Thing" was irrelevant to such realities as the marketability of your resume - if you might be shopping it. Maybe that assumption was, is and/or may be wrong in the future.
One former Fox producer told me he took his experience there off his resume. His time at Fox was not that long. So, he figured: Why risk presenting that while members of the media are still exploiting angles of rise, fall, and next of Ailes.
He has received a few good offers in D.C. and one in NYC. Would he have not done so well had he listed the Fox experience?
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The New York Metro area can be cruel to aging professionals in communications. That's especially since the field is continually being disrupted by new technologies. Finally I embraced that reality and, in April 2014, relocated my communications boutique to Arizona.
At the time, I had no game plan. Was I going to retire, semi-retire, milk the enterprise for the revenue I could continue to squeeze out, or start something new. It turned out that it was the latter.
I made the pivot to marketing and advocacy communications. The best part of that shift was that I enjoyed learning new strategies and tactics. Of course, that enthusiasm made my pitching for new business more effective.
Success triggered more success. The realization came to me: I need to leave AZ. If my business is to continue to grow, I have to have in-person access to larger clients. I did the research. No, I didn't have to return to the New York Metro region. Age would still operate against me there.
After about seven months of research, I zeroed in on western Ohio, next to Pennsylvania. I knew the region from going to school and working there. It was as affordable as AZ.
Tomorrow, the wagon train pulls out. Like all relocations, this one involves the pain of loss.
At the top of the list is the routine I love. Sundays were my mindfulness group meetings. Tuesdays and Thursdays were about the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy. Fridays were films with friends at an independent movie house. Saturdays were day tips to offbeat places like Tombstone, AZ and over-the-border to Mexico.
Next is knowing my way about Tucson. It's not a big city. But it is a city. You can get lost, which I did for a few months. Then I had the satisfaction of mastering the terrain.
And, then there are the moderate winters. Only once were there snowflakes. That lasted about 35 minutes. They dusted my windshield and then that was that. Before I left the East Coast I had given away all the weather-survival equipment such as shovels and windshield scrappers. Also, the dog will need a very heavy coat.
To ease the emotional upheaval, I am framing the cross-country journey as a kind of vacation. That's why I added on a few days to travel. But, still, leaving AZ is among the hardest decisions I have made. This part of the nation had been good to me.
This semester, Robert McClendon is starting law school at the University of Tulsa.
That shouldn't be happening.
After all, as he explains in a first-person article in the National Law Journal, his brother was on the brick of a great career path in BigLaw. Then the call came from his future employer Thacher (TBW). In 12 seconds it told him the firm was going to be no more. So there was no longer a job there for him. For a while bro knocked about. Then he used his fallback, skills in software.
In addition, McClendon is no naive new college graduate engaging in magical thinking. He had already done 10 years in journalism. He knew the realities of the grim job market in law.
But, hey, things weren't so hot any more in journalism. He recognized he needed an exit strategy. Tulsa gave him a tuition scholarship. And his wife is working full time. Yes, he could "afford" to take this gamble.
Currently, he has no master game plan. But since he was shrewd enough to get his story published in the National Law Journal, the odds are that he will find the doors in the legal sector which can be opened.
As many who followed the rise and fall of Theranos' founder, Elizabeth Holmes, know, the company's California facility lost its license to test blood. Also, Holmes had been banned from being in the blood-testing business for two years.
Well, late yesterday, reports Jeffrey Ng at The Wall Street Journal, she announced that she was appealing those regulatory rulings.
That's not a surprise. On her board and "advising" her is superlawyer, David Boies. He was the mastermind who essentially got hedge fund guru, Steve Cohen, off the hook with the SEC.
Nick Denton, Gawker founder, won't be able to rent out his New York City condo for $12,500 monthly.
Obviously he wants to hold onto it until he is in better financial shape. But, the bankruptcy judge said no. That's because the amount of rent would still leave Denton $97,000 in the hole by the end of a year. Here are the details in The Wall Street Journal.
Observers of the aftermath of the jury verdict for the plaintiff in "Hogan v. Gawker" might see this as a power play, by both Hogan and Denton.
Yet, Denton still doesn't seem to get it that his former power as an iconoclastic media player is over. At least for now.
He may regain that kind of power again in the future. He contends Hollywood is interested in him. But there are plenty of skilled players in Hollywood. He may not be able to carve out the kind of power base he did with Gawker. The digital journalism he put together was new at the time. It brought in eyeballs - and media interest. He evolved into a star and a millionaire.
Now, Hogan is the one with the power. He has the financial backing of billionaire Peter Thiel for his litigation. Representing him is superlawyer Charles Harder. The latter is currently also representing the Trumps.
Denton is NoWhereMan. Could be come back? Yes. But the signature abrasive personality which got him where he was is out of date. At least for power plays on the level he is used to.
There is no doubt that Denton can again make a decent living. But he may never be able to become again the Denton that had been. Indeed he may be one of those one-trick ponies.
Now, the must-meme for media to cover at Fox News is if Megyn Kelly will sign a new contract with the cable network when the current one is up in July 2017.
The sub-meme on that one is if Bill O'Reilly will also stay with Fox. Those two high-rating personalities may not be able to circle in the same orbit. Here is the coverage in the Hive part of Vanity Fair.
Daily, Fox is the Santa Clause bringing the establishment media as well as us bloggers titillating news during these sweltering dog days of August.
Not too much else is of interest.
It seems clear that it could be Landslide Hillary in November. So, not too many give a damn about emailgate or what a smooth fundraising operation the Clinton Foundation had been. If it's Hillary, then it's time to cozy up to that power structure.
The Gawker thing is no longer a stunner, not legally, not in terms of the future of the free press.
But the peculiar power games at Fox continue to provide endless fascination. Alleged sexual harassment was just the tip of the iceberg. Incidentally, Roger Ailes, it's come out, kept two loaded guns in his office. Yes, he had permits for them in New York. But two, well, that's an nice story to assign a cub reporter at a liberal media outlet. Several psychologists can be interviewed.
And we are all waiting for The Murdoch Boys to make their big move. So far, in maintaining the old order at Fox, it seems they are still under the control of Papa Bear.
The Drudge Report had shifted from Sick Hillary to Access Hillary. But maybe the latter didn't resonate as well as Sick Hillary and the folks at Drudge Report are unhinged by growing talk of Landslide Hillary.
Today, featured on the Drudge Report is a headline that Sick Hillary had to lean on something 17 times to avoid a serious fall. Also there was a blurb about Dr. Drew's having the show cancelled after raising health issues. The photo has Hillary being helped into the limo.
If it is a Landslide Hillary in November, one wonders if the Drudge Report will lose a lot of readers. They could figure: Those Republicans at that media site were living in the days of Ronald Reagan.
In working-class Jersey City, New Jersey in the 1950s, there was the mythology of several generations of a family living happily under one roof.
On the top floor of a cold-water walk-up, my grandparents, their married daughter and her husband, a fluctuating number of grandchildren (whose parents were in other states working), and relatives from the old country co-existed.
With the exception of the grandchildren, there was plenty of tension among the generations. America was founded on the Puritan version of capitalism. Unless you could be increasing your productivity, you were considered less-than.
Yes, the grandparents, even though they were both employed full time, were treated as less-than. Their son-in-law fled to California. Even the recent immigrants itched to get the hell out of that dysfunctional family configuration.
Currently, things are even more ugly among generations. We Baby Boomers won't or can't retire. That clogs the channels for upward mobility.
The young in our fields are throwing off the compensation curve. They are willing to labor for peanuts. Or even free.
Those in the mid-range fear they will wind up like us Baby Boomers, unable to leave the world of work. That's the source of their scorn of us.
Members of Generation Z, the oldest of which are in college, don't want to be like any of us. Not Generations Y, X, or Baby Boomer.
Even if the recovery picks up steam, there will still be dog fights over what opportunities emerge.
Meanwhile, each generation tends to function in a silo, only hiring their own.
Those of us who do retire will likely wind up in age-segregated housing. Here in southern Arizona, there are the supposed Paradises for seniors in developments such as Saddlebrooke. One of the residents, former college acquaintance Kathleen Huebner, invited me for lunch. Nonono, I thought to myself. Please let me never wind up there.
Is there a way to bring the generations together? Probably not.
Even in my mindfulness groups, after the meditation and discussion, the group splits into age-related factions. Millennials go out to eat. Generation X goes home to kids. Baby Boomers talk in the parking lot.
The generation gap has hardened into extreme wariness. Several times I reached beyond mine. The results were not pretty.