Reported yesterday by New York Magazine, it sounds like Roger Ailes has decided that Fox News should lick its wounds from Election 2012 just a little longer. Not because of partisan politics or earlier mandates, but mainly as an after-effect of the now-infamous meltdown Rove had on air about Ohio’s electoral voting system and Morris’ own haphazard readings. As it stands, according to NY Mag’s Gabriel Sherman, if producers want to use either talking head must be pre-approved from higher up in the Fox food chain.
There’s also the internal bickering: “Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line.” When it comes to Rove, can anyone remember a time when an on-air contributor had the power to stop a broadcast and force an impromtu interview with a polling site through a majestic tracking shot?
Slate points out that it’s not like losing their milk crate on Fox will really hurt either pundit. But it’s still the thought that counts: Rove, who was riding on so much for this election, blew up in such a way that even Jon Stewart couldn’t have predicted it. Still, we can remember happier times, such as a rappin’ Rove:
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