Whoever is in charge of briefingÂ Rupert Murdoch on company affairs must really be dropping the ball. The executive chairman of 21st Century FoxÂ told a BBC journalist Monday that ânothing’s happening at Fox News.â
I know that Murdoch ceded some power to his sons a couple of years ago, but you’d think that James and Lachlan would at least keep their old man in the loop, right?
I’m kidding, of course. And Murdoch is kidding himself, if he thinks anyone buys into his breathtaking denial.
Murdoch’s exchange with the BBC’s Amol Rajan was pretty shortÂ â it was an impromptu interview on the streetÂ in New YorkÂ â so I’ve annotated the full transcript, below, using Genius. To see an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text.
I’ve also compiled a timelineÂ of all the ânothingâ that has been happening at Fox News in the past 10 months.
RAJAN: Rupert, itâs Amol Rajan from the BBC. Are you worried about Ofcom at all?
MURDOCH: You should be worried about the BBC yourselves.
RAJAN: I should be worried. Are you worried about the Ofcom deal and what this scandal might do for Ofcom? Do you have any concerns about what Ofcom might say about whatâs happening at Fox News?
MURDOCH: Nothingâs happening at Fox News.
RAJAN: Nothing whatsoever?
MURDOCH: Itâs getting record ratings and recordâ
MURDOCH: Fox News is getting record ratings and, so, Iâm not worried at all.
RAJAN: And you donât think Ofcom are going to consider whatâs happening at Fox News?
MURDOCH: Nothingâs happening at Fox News. Nothing, okay?
RAJAN: You lost three of your top people. Thatâs something, isnât it? These are sexual and racial harassment allegations.
MURDOCH: Not the third person at all. Nothing against him. And the other two are quite separate, so, goodbye.
Back in the real world, here’s what’s been happening at Fox News:
July 6, 2016:Â Former âFox & Friendsâ host Gretchen Carlson files a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes.
July 19, 2016:Â As other women come forward with accusations that mirror Carlson’s, New York magazine reports that Fox News megastar Megyn Kelly told investigators hired by the network that she, too, was sexually harassed by Ailes.
July 21, 2016: Ailes resignsÂ under pressure.
Aug. 12, 2016: Fox News names Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy co-presidents, handing them the authority previously held by Ailes.
Jan. 3, 2017: Kelly announces she is leaving Fox News for NBC.
April 1, 2017: The New York Times reports that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and the network have paid a total of $13 million to five women over the years to settle claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct. O’Reilly says the charges were baseless and that he only settled to spare his family anguish.
April 19, 2017: Fox News fires O’Reilly.
April 25, 2017:Â Eleven current and former Fox News employees file a class-action lawsuit in New York State Supreme CourtÂ alleging racial discrimination by the network. Another former employee files a separate discrimination suit in federal court in the Southern District of New York, and a 13thÂ person submits a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
May 1, 2017:Â Shine resigns.
Besides that, nothing’s happening at Fox News.