The way I hear it, the young Murdochs don’t like getting razzed for the O’Reilly-Of-It-All when they go to fancy cocktail parties in New York, London and L.A. They want to be part of the cool crowd and you can’t do that with the smell of conservative cordite on you. They care less about profits than about making Fox presentable to the liberal set.
So only Papa Rupert is keeping Fox News alive as a conservative outlet. … This means that the one and only conservative voice on television — to be clearer, the one and only news source that is not an absolute cesspit of leftist lies — may be about to vanish, one unpresentable loud-mouth at a time.
If so, it will reveal once again the short-sighted philistinism of the conservative movement, a movement that can’t be bothered to engage in culture creation, that is too busy screaming about the latest faux crisis to take the long view that might ultimately save the nation we love.
How is it possible that an enterprise as successful as Fox News has spurred no imitators? How is it no billionaires have been inspired to build a Fox for millennials or for comedy or for drama? If I’m right, and the end of The O’Reilly Factor presages the end of Fox as we know it, conservatives are soon going to find themselves facing elections with no cultural voice at all.