WaPo’s Paul Farhi: Despite O’Reilly Departure, Fox News Not Serious About ‘Cleaning up the Culture’


The departure of Bill O’Reilly from Fox News will undoubtedly usher in a new era at the cabler — at least in terms of the on-air product. But one prominent industry observer believes the larger culture at the network is unlikely to change.

Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi referenced Roger Ailes and said that people who “enabled him” still work at the network. (Farhi didn’t name names, but one person he may have been referencing was Fox News co-president Bill Shine, who is widely alleged to be a “fixer” of sorts in the dozens of sexual harassment cases involving the network.) And as a result, he says, the larger culture is unlikely to change:

“I’ll tell you one thing. When they got rid of Roger Ailes last summer, they didn’t get rid of the people who Roger Ailes had put into place. And who, in effect, enabled him. Some of those people still work at Fox News. If they were truly serious about cleaning up the culture, they might have done something about those people as well. I’m not asking for anybody to lose their job. But if you are serious, you might actually examine their behavior as well. And plenty of accusations against those executives.”

Anchor Katy Tur asked Farhi if there was any indication that the behavior of those executives is being examined.

“The answer to that is no,” Farhi said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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