Ex-Fox News Exec Bill Shine Reportedly Being Considered for WH Communications Team
Bill Shine, a former Fox News co-president, is reportedly in talks to take a position in the White House communications team.
According to The New York Times, Shine “has spoken with White House officials” about being a part of the comms shop:
Mr. Shine’s discussions last week with the Trump team were confirmed by two senior administration officials who requested anonymity to describe private conversations. A third person briefed on the discussions said that the administration was considering a behind-the-scenes role for Mr. Shine that took advantage of his skills producing and staging televised events.
Shine was at the White House last week for a dinner with President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Fox’s Sean Hannity, and Anthony Scaramucci. (You may recall that it was Ryan Lizza‘s tweet about the dinner that led to Scaramucci calling him to demand who leaked it.)
The Times piece does not say which position Shine may end up taking, but the communications director slot just opened. Though as the Times notes, following Scaramucci’s ousting, “Mr. Shine’s association with Mr. Scaramucci may hinder his chances with some factions in the West Wing.”
Hannity told the Times through a spokesperson that Shine potentially joining the administration didn’t come up during the dinner, saying, “Bill Shine is talented enough that he doesn’t need my help in getting a job in the White House or any other position.”
This news about a former Fox Newser potentially joining the administration comes on the heels of Rod Wheeler‘s lawsuit making some serious allegations about Fox’s retracted report on Seth Rich‘s murder and an alleged White House connection.
Shine left Fox News back in May, following a report that he was privately concerned about his future at the network. As CNN reported at the time, “Shine, who is named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network, is also Fox’s most vulnerable player. A member of the old guard, he has been ensnared in multiple sexual harassment allegations — not accused of harassment himself, but of covering up the alleged wrongdoings of others.”
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