Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has had it with Marco Rubio. Ailes is reported to have lost faith in Rubio’s ability to save his campaign and eventually secure the spot as the top GOP candidate. The report cites three anonymous Fox sources who claim Ailes has made himself clear on his support of Rubio, telling one Fox host; “We’re finished with Rubio.”
Canada Journal reports on March 4 that it was Rubio’s inability to secure the Republican nominations after the early primaries and caucuses that swayed Ailes to back away from the candidate. There are some at Fox News that don’t seem to see Rubio’s failing campaign and they are still celebrating of his second-place wins, which aren’t going to give him the media boost needed to get him into the winner’s circle.
New York Magazine reports today that there’s “More bad news for Rubio, he just lost Fox News.” The “friendly interviews” and “key bookings” that lined the way to Fox’s front door for Rubio hasn’t done much good. Ailes has lost confidence in Rubio’s ability to take this campaign all the way to the White House. With only one win under his belt after 15 primaries and caucuses, the Fox towel is tossed into the ring.
This is no short relationship, apparently a “secret dinner” between Rubio and Ailes back in 2013 saw Rubio successfully lobbied for Fox’s backing for the “Gang of 8” comprehensive immigration-reform bill. Ailes parting ways with Rubio may also have something to do with the New Yorker reporting on this dinner recently, which didn’t sit well with Ailes, who is a guy that doesn’t like to see his name in print!
The signs that Rubio is no longer the golden boy of candidates around the Fox News room are already popping up. Martha MacCallum gave Rubio a good going over about his poor Super Tuesday performance. “Is that a viable excuse at this point?” This is what she asked, after Rubio rushed into glamorizing his second-place finish in Virginia, as a consolation-type prize.
The New Yorker reports; “During an interview with Trump on Monday, Hannity barely defended Fox while Trump trashed Rubio backers like Hayes. “He shouldn’t be on the air,” Trump said. The best Hannity could muster was to change the subject. “Have you ever watched MSNBC?” he said. ‘They suck.'”
The New Yorker reports that “Ailes is now back to searching for a candidate the channel can rally behind.” This has not been an easy campaign so far with the chaos and mud-slinging from all candidates involved. “He’s thinking, What do we do about the whole damn thing?” This is what the New Yorker reports one of his friends claims is the mindset of Ailes’ on the backing of another campaign today.