That's what New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports. Sherman is the expert on Fox News.
Sherman's biography of Ailes "The Loudest Voice in the Room" remains a best-seller.
It was Ailes' personal public relations representative Bob Dilenschneider who ponied up $15K for an ad to distract from that negative biography.
At the time Ailes still reigned securely over his media empire. So, Dilenschneider was sitting pretty. Now, it's obvious Dilenschneider bet on the wrong horse.
Anyone's whose fortunes depend on O'Reilly might be headed for a downward trajectory. According to Sherman, Rupert Murdoch wants to keep O'Reilly. But sons James and Lachlan want him out. The voice of that second generation is becoming louder and stronger. Murdoch is in his late 80s.
Among the reasons for the thumbs-down is that on May 16th, there will be the decision if Murdochs can buy Pay TV provider SKY. With an alleged sexual predator as one of its stars, 21st Century Fox doesn't seem to have the right image as a media player.
In addition, advertisers have baled.
Also, at this time, the culture of a business is being viewed as key to success as other business factors such as technology and product line.
In Recode, Taro Fukuyama hammers that it should be measured to predict the success of an enterprise. Costco, whose culture is considered healthy, is a top financial performer.
Currently the Fox News culture seems downright toxic.
If forced to resign, does O'Reilly have a future in conservative media? Or, will he, like Ailes, be a Yesterday Man?
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