Fox News announced a revamp of its c-suite on Thursday, marking perhaps its greatest forward since the ouster of longtime chief Roger Ailes amidst allegations of sexual harassment, and naming the network’s first female CEO: Suzanne Scott, previously head of programming.
According to Gabe Sherman at Vanity Fair, the network that Ailes long saw as a beacon of political incorrectness “is getting woke.”
Aside from empowering a new female CEO — which makes Scott the only female CEO leading a major news organization — Fox News has also implemented some cosmetic changes to its offices.
Most remarkably: Lt. Col. Oliver North, the pugnacious former Fox News host who left to serve as president of the NRA, has seen his old office the network’s Washington Bureau turned into a “mediation room” replete with Muslim prayer rugs, per Sherman.
What’s more, staff “now attend mandatory sexual harassment and the employee intranet includes a section for gender-transition policies and guidelines.” Try to fathom Bill O’Reilly circa 2012 browsing the gender-transition page of Fox News’ intranet?!
Employees of the rapidly modernizing newsroom are shook by the changes. “People are terrified. They kicked Ollie North out and put in a prayer room. We’ve got a new trans policy. You’re not allowed to be transphobic,” one source told Sherman. “People’s heads are blowing up,” another said.
Read Sherman’s report here.
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