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Aug. 8 2013 5:09 PM

Fox News Reports About Big Fox-News News—By Citing the Drudge Report

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FOX News Channel host Megyn Kelly poses on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC

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Well, this is just priceless: Fox News is reporting that Megyn Kelly has been tapped to take over the 9 p.m. ET slot in the cable news station's primetime lineup when she comes back from maternity leave. But as exciting as that may be for those who like to watch Karl Rove be reminded of who won the 2012 election, that's not the priceless part. Not even close. Here's how Fox News first learned about the big company news (emphasis mine):

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Where is Megyn Kelly headed? Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes announced last month that Kelly would move to a prime time position when she returned from maternity leave.
Now the Drudge Report says she'll take over the 9pm ET slot in the prime time lineup, but Fox News declined to comment.
A Fox News spokesperson said no official announcement would be made at this time. “We will neither confirm nor deny any programming schedule changes," the spokesperson said.. "As previously stated, the network has signed long-term deals with Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren.”
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So to recap, Fox News is pretty confident that Drudge has better sources inside the Fox newsroom than Fox News does. (Then again, Fox News has already proved that the network's talent struggles when reporting on themselves.) "The shock announcement is set for later this month," Drudge writes in its exclusive that cites an unnamed "insider" declaring: "It's all about Megyn. She is the new face of cable news. She has it all!" And because no Drudge scoop is complete without an above-the-fold splash:

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This post has been updated for clarity.

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