Howard Kurtz Briefly Addresses News of Ex-Fox News Exec Joining Trump WH: He Knows the TV Business
This morning on MediaBuzz, Howard Kurtz briefly addressed the news of former Fox News co-president Bill Shine joining the Trump White House in a high-level communications role.
Kurtz first briefly covered the spat between David Bossie and Joel Payne last week over Bossie telling Payne, “You’re out of your cotton-picking mind!” Bossie apologized and while Kurtz noted that Fox News “made clear that such language is unacceptable,” he cited The Daily Beast‘s reporting on Bossie’s apparent suspension.
Kurtz then moved onto the news about Shine joining the Trump White House:
“Shine, who spent 20 years at Fox, was a one-time producer for Sean Hannity, who is close to the President. Let’s be clear about one thing: Shine, who resigned under pressure last year, was never accused of sexually harassing anyone. He was accused in some lawsuits involving the late chairman Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly of either enabling or failing to act on complaints about alleged misconduct, which he has strenuously denied.”
He also responded to criticism that this only increases the Trump-Fox feedback loop by saying, “Shine has been a private citizen for more than a year, he knows the television business, and the White House has lacked a communications director since Hope Hicks resigned.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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