After a report by New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman today on Shine's increasingly weaken position and the elder Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan supposed refusal to put out a statement of support, the never reluctant Hannity took to social media in vernacular manner like that of his good friend President Donald Trump, the tweeter-in-chief. Citing anonymous sources NY magazine is reporting that Shine recently asked 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoc for a statement of support.
(The "Gabe" in question being NY editor Gabe Sherman, whose four-letter name Hannity quickly apologized for mangling with a bit of textual diaeresis.) Hannity then alleged that the calls were coming from inside the creaky collection of bad institutional practices, suggesting that the push against Shine was a plot from someone at Fox News itself.
Fox News said in a statement to DailyMail.com on Monday: 'Fox News and its executives flatly deny that they conducted any electronic surveillance of Ms. Tantaros. O'Rielly's termination has sparked conversation about their former CEO, Roger Ailes who resigned in July 2016 under sexual harassment allegations as well.
Literally the only remaining member of the primetime line-up of this time a year ago, Hannity's high stakes remarks and sharp elbows behind the scenes come with an added edge now.
The billion-dollar question hanging over Fox News is who knew what, and when. "Done. Best Sean", he wrote in the first of five tweets about Sherman's report.
"Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired".
Though reportedly well-liked by Rupert Murdoch, the company's controlling shareholder, Shine may be too closely associated with Ailes' tenure to appease the Murdochs, eager to turn the page on months of workplace turmoil. Hannity says he's praying Shine doesn't leave Fox News. "And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is", he added.
I am also told that another executive at Fox News may have been accused of sexually harassing a woman there.