Fox Sidelines Karl Rove, Dick Morris

Post-election, Ailes wants fresh faces

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2012 11:57 PM CST | Updated Dec 5, 2012 12:41 AM CST

(Newser) – The post-election shake-up at Fox News includes benching two of the pundits who called it wrong the most persistently, New York reports. Under orders from Roger Ailes, producers must get permission before booking Karl Rove or Dick Morris. "The election’s over," says a Fox spokesperson confirming the new rules. Sources say Ailes wasn't happy about Rove's on-air refusal to accept the network calling Ohio for Obama, or about the way Morris' reality-defying predictions became a punch line even inside Fox.

Political commentator Dick Morris speaks to the crowd during the Gateway to November Tea Party rally in St. Louis.
Political commentator Dick Morris speaks to the crowd during the "Gateway to November" Tea Party rally in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis, file)
Karl Rove talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Karl Rove talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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