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Michael van der Galien

Roger Ailes Warns Fox News Staffers Not To Attack Glenn Beck

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Posted on March 19 2010 12:26 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Fox News founder Roger Ailes has had enough of the vitriol aimed at popular talk show host Glenn Beck. And no, I’m not talking about the trash coming from the Left but from Fox staffers. Yeah, seriously:

A column in the Washington Post on Monday revealed that some Fox staffers are concerned the celebrity pundit is “becoming the face of the network.”

Ailes pointed out that the information in The Post’s column was leaked by Fox’s Washington bureau.

“For the first time in our 14 years, we’ve had people apparently shooting in the tent, from within the tent,” he told them.

It goes without saying that Ailes is right. Attacking a fellow Fox News employee – no matter who he might be – is simply not done.

But this is especially the case considering Beck’s incredible success. Fox was already doing well before he joined the team, of course, but he has improved its ratings significantly nonetheless.

This is due to the fact that many voters aren’t merely fed up with the Democratic Party, but also with Republicans. Unlike most other Fox commentators, Beck is willing to criticize both parties. He’s as nonpartisan as it gets these days. He cares about ideas,  not about people or political parties; which is precisely what Fox needed. After all, the network was in the very real danger of becoming the GOP’s mouthpiece before Beck came on board.

Beck  changed all that. He’s making Fox once again a conservative, rather than a Republican news organization. He’s helping, not hurting his network and its employees, who should be thanking God on their knees for Beck, instead of badmouthing him at every opportunity they get.

Meanwhile, here’s to Ailes finding out who badmouthed his network’s biggest star behind his back and firing them immediately.

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