Report: Fox producers now need permission before booking Karl Rove

Updated
Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on  Aug. 28, 2012.
Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28, 2012.
File photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

New York magazine reports:

According to multiple Fox sources, [Fox News chief Roger] Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking  Rove or  Morris. Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. Inside Fox News, Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, according to a source, anchor Megyn Kelly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues what someone had told her: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.”


Since the election, Rove has also received criticism for the failure of his SuperPAC, American Crossroads, which spent $175 million in donor contributions for very little return.

Report: Fox producers now need permission before booking Karl Rove

Updated