He was a longtime guiding hand behind veteran anchors like Sean Hannity and Greta van Susteren, and is said to be a key determinant of how the network's anchors present the issues on air each broadcast day. "Done. Best Sean", Hannity wrote in the first of a series of tweets defending Shine Thursday afternoon.
Fox News co-president Bill Shine recently asked Rupert Murdoch's sons to release a statement in support of him after the network's star Bill O'Reilly was sacked over sexual harassment allegations, but they declined, according to New York Magazine's Gabe Sherman. Shine began working at Fox News in 1996 as the producer of a previous show, Hannity & Colmes, which matched the staunchly conservative Hannity with Alan Colmes, a liberal.
"Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that's the total end of the FNC as we know it".
Sherman notes the network's success during the troubles times, Murdoch not wanting to cave to public pressure and the lack of a logical successor as reasons why Shine is still atop Fox News.
While it might seem obvious that Fox News would want to cut ties with an executive who consistently ignored discrimination and harassment complaints, and helped retaliate against those who filed them, never-nude Sean Hannity thinks something more insidious is afoot.
April, which is recognized as Sexual Harassment Awareness Month, has been tumultuous for Fox News. O'Reilly said his fame made him a target and he made the payments to protect his children.
As you may have noticed, Fox News isn't exactly in the best place optics-wise at the moment. The allegations against Shine portray him as a loyal follower of Ailes who worked to dismiss or play down complaints about harassment. Fox News is now being investigated by another federal agency for possible fraud. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is.
The host then continued to discuss the story, even going as far as to claim Shine was being sabotaged by someone within Fox News.
The billion-dollar question hanging over Fox News is who knew what, and when.