How Fox News Reports on Fox News

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 8 2013 5:09 PM

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

84218179
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

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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):

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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.”
Advertisement

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:

Screen shot 2013-08-08 at 5.03.39 PM

***Follow @JoshVoorhees and the rest of the @slatest team on Twitter.***

This post has been updated for clarity.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.