A camel has put its nose under Fox News's tent and Chairman Roger Ailes is determined to shoo the beast away. The problem, he indicated as he met with the staff of the Fox News Washington Bureau Wednesday is that there's turmoil in the tent itself. As reported by TVNewser, Ailes told staffers that he was concerned about a recent column by the Washington Post 's Howard Kurtz about staff tensions over Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, with many "worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network." Beck, said Ailes, "does his show and that's his opinion. It's not the opinion of Fox News and he has a right to say it." He then went on "We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent." [In fact, Beck has been taken to task on Fox's own air by other conservatives, like Bernard Goldberg, who told Bill O'Reilly that it was "totally legitimate" for Beck to comment on the news "but to give false information too because you're a commentator is unacceptable."] Finally, Ailes told the Washington staffers, "I was brought up to defend the family. If I couldn't defend the family I'd leave. I'd go to another family."

18/03/2010